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Nearly Transparent Pixels in Photoshop
« on: May 31, 2004, 03:29:04 pm »
Transparency/opacity is applied in many ways in Photoshop. Each layer has an overall transparency, each tool has it's own transparency, selections can have transparency, even individual pixels can have transparency. It's this last one has giving me the most problems.

Say you had something like this (the black background is from a layer below):



Now as a quick way to select an individual feather you'd think you could use the wand,  right? Nope. The problem is the pixels between the feathers are actually not completely transparent, so as far as the magic wand tool is concerned the color keeps going into the next feather.

I was wandering if anyone else has had this problem, and more importantly, if anyone knows an easy way to get around it.

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2004, 04:37:03 pm »
Quote (Vararam @ May 31 2004, 2:29 pm)
Transparency/opacity is applied in many ways in Photoshop. Each layer has an overall transparency, each tool has it's own transparency, selections can have transparency, even individual pixels can have transparency. It's this last one has giving me the most problems.

Say you had something like this (the black background is from a layer below):



Now as a quick way to select an individual feather you'd think you could use the wand,  right? Nope. The problem is the pixels between the feathers are actually not completely transparent, so as far as the magic wand tool is concerned the color keeps going into the next feather.

I was wandering if anyone else has had this problem, and more importantly, if anyone knows an easy way to get around it.

hmm tried modifiying the options of the magic wand?
there are more than 4 options
wich is selection streght ( in numbers ) and 3 clickeable options.

all do very diferent effects, play with them.! '<img'>
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2004, 06:24:50 pm »
Ok, I played around with it some more, and I found something that works.  If I tell it to "Use All Layers" with a filled layer under it (which I just happen to have anyway) then it will treat the nearly transparent pixels like they are almost the same as the fill color below ( black in this case) which means I can select just one feather if the tolerance is set correctly.


Oh yes, thanks Cesarin, even if you didn't help directly (I probably wouldn't have thought of using "use all layers" if you didn't suggest playing with the options.)





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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2004, 12:03:39 am »
Quote (Vararam @ May 31 2004, 5:24 pm)
Ok, I played around with it some more, and I found something that works.  If I tell it to "Use All Layers" with a filled layer under it (which I just happen to have anyway) then it will treat the nearly transparent pixels like they are almost the same as the fill color below ( black in this case) which means I can select just one feather if the tolerance is set correctly.


Oh yes, thanks Cesarin, even if you if didn't help directly (I probably wouldn't have thought of using "use all layers" if you didn't suggest playing with the options.)

you welcome, unfortunately I couldnt help you in a direct way because I never had any problem with thes ekind of stuff, unless you sended me the image I would fix it but... I was heading to work when I replied o_O
anyway im glad it helped you
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