Well, at least to me it doesn't work properly. If I have elements on seperate levels and I use the colour range option to select the area, it works on all the levels, not just the level I have selected. That's not what I want! I only want it to select the colour range on that one level. The work around is to manually turn off other levels, but on a file with lots of levels, that can be tedious. Can this be avoided? Incidentally, magic wand works only on the selected level, but not colour range (or color range, if you are American).
…If I have elements on seperate levels and I use the colour range option to select the area, it works on all the levels, not just the level I have selected. That's not what I want! I only want it to select the colour range on that one level.…
"Levels"? Do you mean Layers?
If you do mean "layers", check your tool options in the Options Bar. You may be set to select all layers.
If everything else fails, you could make the unwanted levels temporarily invisible by toggling off the eye icon to the left in the Layers panel.
The work around is to manually turn off other levels, but on a file with lots of levels, that can be tedious.
Hiding all other Layers can be done by alt-clicking the visibility icon in the Layers Panel.
Yes, I did mean Layers. Sorry, but I see you figured that out. The menu bar setting doesn't refer to the function, colour range. It seems the only way to fix this is to turn off all other layers, so that ALT click option is a big improvement on what I was doing. Thanks for that great tip.
Ah, I never noticed that the tool changes to the eye dropper there. Having said that, I have done exactly what you indicate, changing it to current layer, as you indicate, but it still acts exactly as before. I have a flat colour on that layer and above it, there is some shading. The selection result traces around the shading, even though it's on the level above. It seems it should easily just select the flat colour area nice and clean. Any idea what's going wrong for me?
Aha! You are correct. Layers above the target layer are still being sampled when sampling is at "Current Layer".
That has to be a bug. The Eye Dropper Tool itself does work correctly, though.
I'm about to report another problem, so I'll report this one, too.
Edit: Looking again, I don't think there is a bug.
It seems to not be that the higher layer is seen when sampling "Current Layer", which is correct and the same as when the Eye Dropper Tool itself is use. However, the pixels of the visible composite are then evaluated to determine the regions to be selected. I guess that's correct behaviour and you will have to do the Alt-click on eye trick to completely ignore all other layers.
No, for me the eye dropper works correct, but colour range doesn't. If I select the flat colour layer and use the eyedropper, all is selected as intended even though there is a layer above it with shading. If I do the same with colour range, it selects all around the shading above. That sounds like a bug to me. Not sure why you are getting a different result with your eye dropper. Still, as you say, the ALT click does the job.
I see, so I wonder why you feel that. when using the colour range selector on one level only, it is working as expected when it reacts to pixels on other levels? Maybe I'm not getting something about how it's supposed to work. To me, it should work as though I have switched off the other levels, which is the work around, but it seems to me I shouldn't have to do that.
At this point, kind of academic, but just wondered. Thanks for your help.
I think Color Range is designed to determine the selection from the pixels of the composite of visible layers that's being displayed in the document window. It employs Eye Dropper Tool as a sampler and uses whatever result is returned by EDT. The options in the bar are options of the EDT and have nothing to do with Color Range itself.
I agree that options in Color Range for the layers to be considered could be useful. Development resources are limited, though, and the design team probably considered the command as it is to be good enough to be useful, which it certainly is. Spending more resources on Color Range would mean sacrificing something else.
Sorry, I keep saying "levels" because I work in animation and that's what they are called there. Anyway, in this context, I think it's probably clear that I am not talking about the "levels" adjustment tool, but I will do my best to use the word layers anyway.
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