How to Use the Magic Wand in Adobe Illustrator 

Greetings, aspiring designers and creatives! Today, we embark on an enchanting journey to unlock the secrets of one of Adobe Illustrator’s most captivating tools: the Magic Wand. 

The Magic Wand tool identifies areas of uniform color in your artwork so that with a mere click, it can summon an entire shape, a gradient, or even a subtle shadow, empowering us to shape our creations with unparalleled ease.

By adjusting its sensitivity or tolerance, you can expand or contract its reach, allowing designers to have more control over their work to encompass broader color ranges or focus on the tiniest details.

My name is Kerry and as an artist and designer (though I sometimes do wish that I was a magician!), I like to learn all of the tricks for best utilizing design platforms.   

In this article, I will delve into the wonders of the Magic Wand tool and guide you through its functions, ensuring you wield this enchanting instrument like a seasoned wizard! 

What’s the Magic Wand Tool in Adobe Illustrator 

The Magic Wand Tool in Adobe Illustrator is a selection tool that selects objects with the same attributes.

When you select the Magic Wand, you’re granted the power to instantly select objects or portions of your artwork based on color and similarity. It’s like having a spell that automatically selects all the objects with a similar fill or stroke color, regardless of their scattered locations on the artboard. Sounds pretty enchanting, doesn’t it?

Instead of spending eons clicking and dragging, you can summon the Magic Wand with a click, sit back, and watch as it works its sorcery.

Moreover, the Magic Wand can be your loyal companion in the quest for consistency and harmony within your designs. 

Using the Magic Wand Tool in Adobe Illustrator

Now that you better understand the magic of the Magic Wand tool, you can follow these steps to enable it within your Adobe Illustrator projects: 

So where’s the Magic Wand Tool in Adobe Illustrator? 

Depending on the toolbar you use, if you’re using the Advanced toolbar, it should be near the other selection tools or you can activate it using the keyboard shortcut Y. Otherwise, you might have to bring it out from the Edit Toolbar menu.

Once you find the tool, you can use it to select the objects with the same attributes such as color, strokes, opacity, or blending mode. 

Here’s an example. I clicked on the square with the darker purple, so the circle with darker purple was also selected because their common attribute is the fill color (purple). 

You might be wondering, why didn’t it select all the squares instead? Unfortunately, the Magic Wand Tool won’t select all of the same objects that have different appearance attributes. Since the squares are all in different colors, you won’t be able to select them using the Magic Wand. 


If you double-click on the Magic Wand icon, you can adjust the Magic Wand settings. For example, you can choose what attributes you’d like to select. 

Tolerance is a crucial setting that determines the Magic Wand’s sensitivity. The higher the tolerance, the more colors the tool will select. Conversely, a lower tolerance focuses on selecting only the specific color you click on. Experiment with different tolerance levels until you get the desired result.

Once you have your selection, you can perform various actions on it. This includes copying, cutting, changing its color, resizing, or applying effects – the possibilities are almost endless!

Final Thoughts

So, my fellow creators, armed with the knowledge of the Magic Wand, you are now ready to bring your design visions to life with newfound ease and efficiency. Now, go forth, and may your designs sparkle with the enchantment of the Magic Wand! Happy creating! 

Do you have any tips or strategies for using the Magic Wand tool within Adobe Illustrator? We would love to hear from you. Please comment down below with any tricks to utilizing this function or additional questions that you might still have!

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