The magic wand is magically effective when your background is simple in nature. If the background is one color or monotone or without a lot of complex shading or tones, or if the area you want to cut out has a strong outline that sets it apart from the background (e.g., a logo), you can simply use the magic wand and click on the area you want to copy or the area you want to cut. Once you do that, you'll see the respective area outlined with a flashing dotted line.
Step 1: Select your area in one click or a few
- Select the magic wand tool from the toolbar.
- Click on an area you want to sample. The magic wand will outline the area selected with flashing dotted lines.
- Hold down the shift key to add more areas to your selection (if needed).
- Hit the delete key or choose Cut from the Edit menu to delete selected areas.
Adjusting the magic wand
What the magic wand is doing is looking at the overall photo and choosing pixels that are similar to the one you're clicking on. Adjust the tolerance up to make the magic wand select pixels that are even more like the one you're clicking on. Adjust tolerance down to make your magic wand pickier about choosing the area you want to cut out. Once you begin using the magic wand, you may decide you need to combine additional flashing outline areas to your overall selection. As I did, hold down the shift key as you click to add more areas (pixels) to your selection.