Photoshop Magic Wand Tool Issue
Posted on 2011-10-07
So I was giving a basic photoshop lesson to a client yesterday - something I normally don't do, but they just purchased the software, so I thought I'd explain layers, masking, selecting and other basic photoshop skills...
Apparently my "skillz" leave a lot to be desired! She (my client) wanted me to show her how to remove the background from an image. The image we chose was the Detroit Tiger's logo (go Tigers!) - it was a Tiger, going through the "English D" on white background.
So, what I normally do is, duplicate the layer. Turn off the original. Select the new layer - then using the Magic Wand tool, I select the "white" background. The tolerance was set to 30, but the background was solid white - no variations, so it shouldn't have mattered if the tolerance was just 1... Anyway, when i clicked on the white, the orange of the tiger (no where near i clicked) was selected. I tried again, and it would select the whole image - not just the white.
I remote logged into my computer and did the same operation on the same photo on my computer, and it worked as it was supposed to. I had no problem selecting the white and removing it.
So - I'm wondering if there is a setting that I am missing. I've never had this happen before, so I wasn't sure how to fix it. Is there a reset for tools? Or maybe a tool-specific option that's been turned on that I can turn off?
Any help you can provide would be helpful! Thanks!