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One of the most disappointing tools in Photoshop has to be the Magic Wand tool. It just does not do what you expect it to: grant your wishes! Most people get over that when they learn it's actually a tool for making selections and not for granting wishes (you wish!). However, at times it seems to change its behavior, even though you haven't changed any of its options. The explanation lies in its relation to the Eyedropper tool. If you change the Sample Size for the Eyedropper tool, it also affects how the Magic Wand tool samples pixels when you click in the image.

So, next time you click with the Magic Wand tool and find unexpected behavior, check the options for the Eyedropper tool. It could be that you changed its Sample Size to read Point Sample, and consequently, the Magic Wand tool based the selection on the exact pixel that you clicked, which may have been just noise, instead of sampling from an averaged area of 3 by 3 or 5 by 5 pixels (Figure 2-39). Note: Deleting the Prefs can also reset Sample Size to the default Point Sample.

Figure 2-39: Modifying the Magic Wand tool's behavior by altering the behavior of the Eyedropper tool.

Figure 2-39: Modifying the Magic Wand tool's behavior by altering the behavior of the Eyedropper tool.

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