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Working with Adobe Tools Illustrator Photoshop.......Selection Tools and when to know what Tools is best.

Posted on 2013-06-10
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Last Modified: 2013-07-14
In references to this question, a member told me to double click on the blue background in order to select the color i was wanting to either make a true black background with or transparent one.

by: sigurarmPosted on 2013-05-15 at 05:31:13ID: 39167549
by: tailoreddigitalPosted on 2013-05-16 at 15:22:30ID: 39172784

Both were valuable. However When I double click the PNG or PSD file in the image I cannot seem to at time create a layer vs select the image with the magic. wand. So for clarity what tool. illustrator or Photoshop were you wanting me to use and do you know why neither I cannot select with the wand or create a background layer. Which ICONs or tools were you expecting me to use. I am missing something here and I am not sure why. I know this should be easier. Thank you so much for your help.
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tailoreddigital earned 1000 total points
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I made a video to hopefully help,
http://tailoreddigital.com/vulcan.zip  (download and unzip,  the video is MP4)

There are different ways to approach this, the video is simply using the Magic Wand technique.

In the video, when layers are popping into the scene, i'm using the shortcut Control
+J which duplicates a layer or if something specific is selected on a layer, then it duplicates the selected onto a new layer.    In the video, i select the vulcan and then Control+J, which creates a new layer with just the vulcan.   Likewise, i selected the platform and put it on it's own layer with Control+J (after selecting the platform with the Polygonal Lasso Tool)

I show and hide layers a couple times just to show you that the vulcan and platform are on different layers.

I intentionally start the video trying a 10 and 90 sensitivity setting on the Magic Wand to show that a 30 setting selected better.
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selvol earned 1000 total points
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Try this, Make sure your image is mode is RGB.
When attempting the above....

Image mode

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I downloaded your zip (mp4) and the file opens with Windows Media Player. The video has no display on my end. So that you know. I do not know why. It plays a static like noise and the play bar moves forward for a few minutes but no video display. Here is the screenshot I have of the blank video.
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Try this, Make sure your image is mode is RGB.

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It was set to RGB 8bit as above.
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selvol earned 1000 total points
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I think I understand what you are asking.....
1 Duplicate bottom layer (So you can get under it).
2 Hide Original bottom layer and Create a new layer between the two layers.
3 The new layer is now the background.


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Here is what I had to do. I do not know why the items above would not work well.
I used the magic wand to select an area in Photoshop. Then I selected the area set the color to black and used the fill tool to fill with that color. It seemed to work. I am not sure why it would not work before. I really tried everything. I am assuming it was a selection I did not understand between layers and the original image. Thanks for the help.

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I am assuming these solutions would work for most just not the beginner me.  Thank you for the support

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