Contiguous Selection Tool

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This tool, represented by a magic wand, allows you to make Selections by selecting a point of color. It will select any contiguous areas of a similar color to the one you selected. You can adjust the “fuzziness” of the tool in the tool options dock. A lower number will select colors closer to the color that you chose in the first place.

Hotkeys and Sticky keys

  • R sets the selection to ‘replace’ in the tool options, this is the default mode.
  • A sets the selection to ‘add’ in the tool options.
  • S sets the selection to ‘subtract’ in the tool options.
  • Shift + mouseleft sets the subsequent selection to ‘add’. You can release the Shift key while dragging, but it will still be set to ‘add’. Same for the others.
  • Alt + mouseleft sets the subsequent selection to ‘subtract’.
  • Ctrl + mouseleft sets the subsequent selection to ‘replace’.
  • Shift + Alt + mouseleft sets the subsequent selection to ‘intersect’.

Note

You can switch the behaviour of the Alt key to use Ctrl instead by toggling the switch in the General Settings

Tool Options

Anti-aliasing
This toggles whether or not to give selections feathered edges. Some people prefer hard-jagged edges for their selections.
Fuzziness
This controls whether or not the contiguous selection sees another color as a border.
Grow/Shrink selection.
This value extends/contracts the shape beyond it’s initial size.
Feathering
This value will add a soft border to the selection-shape.
Limit to Current Layer
Activating this will prevent the fill tool from taking other layers into account.