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The Magic Wand tool selects areas based on color. The higher the tolerance setting in the Options bar, the more of an area the Magic Wand tool selects when you click in an area. For example, if you want to select a specific color but not the neighboring areas that might be shades lighter or darker, use a low tolerance setting. Experiment by entering 1 in the tolerance field and clicking on an area of your image. Next, enter a midrange number, such as 100, and again click on the image. Finally, try a tolerance setting of 255, the highest tolerance setting, and you'll quickly understand.

As with many of the other selection tools, press Shift+click to add areas to your selection, and press Alt+click to deselect areas.

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