I am using adobe illustrator 2021. But if I select magic wand tool. Nothing happens. The selection is not visible.

I just don't understand.

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And the original

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Thank you

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    Hi. Welcome to GDSE. Why are you trying to edit a raster image in Illustrator? Illustrator is a vector image editor. Use Photohsop for editing raster images, not Illustrator.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jul 18, 2021 at 18:35

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As discussed here, Illustrator Magic Wand is different from Photoshop or any other raster program. You can use Illustrator Magic Wand on vectors, not raster layers or placed images. Your image is a raster object. I have not tried Illustrator 2021, but I'm sure the feature is still same.

To verify, you can create a random vector object and then try Magic Wand on it and it will work. You'll know it isn't some fault in Illustrator, it is the intended behavior.

If you need basic crop of this image in particular shape like circle/oval/square, you can use clipping mask.

You can create a complex path too using pen tool for detailed clipping mask, but you'll need more time. For example, in case you want to 'crop' human figure. But raster program is still recommended.

  • Oke, thank you. But you can use PNG for it right? Jul 18, 2021 at 13:25
  • @mightycodeNewton sorry I didn't get it?
    – Vikas
    Jul 18, 2021 at 13:26
  • I mean for the magic wand tool, you can use PNG for it? Jul 18, 2021 at 13:27
  • @mightycodeNewton no. No image would work irrespective of extensions.
    – Vikas
    Jul 18, 2021 at 13:28
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    EPS file is vector file.
    – Vikas
    Jul 18, 2021 at 13:38

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