Introduction to the Magic Wand Tool: Changing a Black Design to a White Design

Rob Cubbon
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  • A complete understanding of Photoshop and Illustrator for Merch t-shirt design
  • The difference between RGB and CMYK color space
  • Which application, Illustrator or Photoshop, is best for which type of design
  • How to draw simple cartoon characters for your Merch designs
  • Everything you need to know about typography
  • How to create a retro / grunge / distressed effects
  • How to use the Pen tool, Bézier curves, Anchor Points, and tracing objects
  • How to use Compound Paths in Illustrator and Layer Masks in Photoshop to quickly apply shapes to different objects
  • The correct way to set up and export Photoshop and Illustrator documents for Merch By Amazon shirt designs
  • Understanding Layers, the Magic Wand, Layer Styles, Selections, and Brushes in Photoshop
  • Understanding Pathfinder tools, custom typography, editing Strokes, and manipulating type and objects in Illustrator
  • The differences between bitmap and vector artwork
  • And much more!
English [Auto] Hello I just want to show you how to use the magic wand to choose an incredibly useful tool and what it does is choose pixels of a similar color or the same color we can use it to turn this black design into a white design. So here is the design that we've got for a T-shirt and we choose light colored T-shirts like the pink one the light blue one the white one. But we want to also put it in white on the dark T-shirts which tend to sell Bessa although not always. I know I'm going to show you how to do that. So at the moment this is a P and J comes it's fifty four hundred forty five hundred pixels in dimension. And of course it would be 300 PTI. It's black on Transparent. Let's show you what it looks like on a white background. So we go to the bottom of the layers palette and we click on that. I come there creates a new layer and that creates a new layer on top unfortunately of the layer we're on. We can then fill that with white as many ways of doing that. That's just this time. Got it. Phil and here we choose white in the field on the box Biman and that fills the whole layer with whites. And then of course we will drag that down and we've got the black design. And we can see how it looks on the white background. So let's select the layer on top and select the magic one to which you can do in the tuba here or press w on your keypad. If you can't find it it may be that you have a quick selection to current on the two but if that's the case just click and hold down and then you can select the magic wand. So we've selected the magic wand to add in the option bar here above. We have all the settings we can choose. I would keep them like that and we'll see if it just works like that and click anywhere on the block because we want to select all the same kind of all the black. So I'm going to click on the guy on the motorbike and I'll just zoom in to show you what it's done and you can see more or less that we've clicked on a black pixel and the magic wand to has then looks for contiguous pixels. No what it means is it's looked for every neighboring pic so that's of the same or similar color. Now you can change the tolerance of this by changing the number here. And that goes from 0 I think to 250 or 255 Yeah it's 255 was the talk about it. It doesn't actually matter in this case because what that's doing is either choosing very very similar pixels with a low tolerance or more different pixels with a higher tolerance. But as this image here is either black or white it doesn't really matter it's either black or transparent. There aren't any gray pixels as far as I can see. So it's no good because we've only selected the area but you can see that you can see the selection of the marching ants going around the guy and the bike. But it's not chosen it's not selected any of the text all this crest design and that's because it was I checked contiguous. We only got the black pixels of the bike in the man. And we want to select all the black pixels of all the image of this layer. And the way we do that is go to select similar. This will work at any particular time when you have a selection in Photoshop of one color or a similar color then Photoshop will then scan the whole image for you and select all the pixels of a similar color so we'll do that now. And now that it has again it's very hard to say. But if you zoom in you'll see that it has selected everything there where everything this is more or less black. That's crazy. And you lied and Phil again we're going to do the same thing we did when we filled the white background and we'll fill it all with. And they it says we can't say anything just the selection. I'm going to de-select D or select select and I'm going to make a new line of note with no selection I'm going to fill the whole of the black and pull that down below that and then we can see the white design on a black background. So that's what we're looking at. We're happy with it. If I take these two lines of we can see the black design on the white background which we had already. Take those lights off. And we got the transparent background. Put the white design on and then we can say if I have a p n g and upload it in much by Amazon Mining's will come in I'll see another video. Yes.