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Want to use the magic wand selection tool but only for a section


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Hello,

 

I love the magic wand - I'm a graphical newbie - but I'd like to be able to "cordon off" where it goes.  Is there a an easy way to do this?

As a (complete!) idiot, I could just split the image up each time, take out the section I want into a new image and then put it back.

 

NOTE: the tool is working correctly and useful - but I'm trying to strip elements out of a screenshot of a film and I am AWFUL at using hand guided cut / selection tools (which would make things much easier)

 

Example: https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4108/5186319615_4078436655.jpg   The way they've stripped the background of this image
http://vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/robocop/images/d/d2/Clarence_boddicker.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100729203832

is pure magic to my skills :(

 

Any tips on running the magic wand more carefully?

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What's the easiest way to pull the background out by hand?

I'm taking pics and turning them into prints on t-shirts, so I can have one of a kind ones.

 

I've found the magic wand is an amazing piece of code though for isolating a "section" -  I love the draggable slider on how aggressive it is.

The problem is, occassionally it gets exactly what I want BUT then bleeds in somehow and highlights someones cheek or something, you know?

So I'd like to apply magic wand, WITHIN another selection somehow - perhaps I can segment my image off into layers?

 

Does this make sense :(

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There are six selection modes in the tool bar. Five of these allow you to combine consecutive selections in different ways (add, subtract, invert, intersect, xor).

See http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/ShapeSelectionTools.html for examples on how each mode works and http://www.getpaint.net/doc/latest/MagicWand.html for an example of selection building using the magic wand.

Tip: you can use the magic wand and the shape selection tools in combination to create complex selections.

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