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How to Use the Magic Wand Tool

Learn how to create selections with a marquee and a magic wand tool from Adobe Illustrator expert Will "Focus" Dubois in this Howcast video.


This is how to use the Magic Wand Tool in Adobe Illustrator.

And one of your Selection options in Illustrator is your Magic Wand Tool. And sometimes you need to select multiple colors for whatever reason, but you need to select the same color, maybe you want to change all of these colors at once.

Let's say you were making a face and the face had pink skin, and the nails on the hand that was attached had purple on them, or you just had various colors there. But you only wanted to change the color of the skin and not all of the colors of the skin were touching each other, so instead of individually selecting these colors, you would use the Magic Wand Tool.

So what that does is, in a document, if you look over to your left in your Tools Panel, you'll notice that the Magic Wand Tool is on your panel. It's about the third one down, and the shortcut to it is the letter "Y".

And we have on our art board right now just a random array of colors. We have purple, we have red, yellow, blue, green. You name it, we have some of those colors up here. Now, the purpose of having all these random colors is so that we can see how the Magic Wand Tool actually works.

So, the first thing you want to do is, after selecting your tool, you want to figure out which color it is that you're looking to select.

So, let's say we want to select every green color. All we have to do is select one green color with our Magic Wand Tool, and you'll notice that it comes into play and then highlights the item as soon as we hover over it.

So let's zoom in so that we can get an idea of what its doing. It puts a red bounding box around it and that lets you know that that's the color that's about to be selected.

Now, when you do that, instead of selecting 1, it selects all colors. And then all the colors that are the same as the one that was selected, you can change their colors uniformly in your color picker.

So you can do that for any of the other colors like blue. Let's change that to a muddy color.

Let's get the yellows. Let's maybe make those blue, since we got rid of our blues.

And let's grab the reds and let's make those orange.

And that is how you use the Magic Wand Tool in Adobe Illustrator.

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