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Free Download: Magic Wand Tool for After Effects

Motion graphics expert Mikey Borup explains how to use his super helpful Magic Wand tool in After Effects.

The magic wand tool is one of the most useful tools in Adobe Photoshop. It is a great way to avoid having to manually select portions of your scene. It’s great inside Photoshop but if you are looking to use the magic wand tool in After Effects you aren’t going to find one. Adobe has not made a magic wand tool native in Adobe After Effects but lucky for us, Premiumbeat blog writer and After Effects expert Mikey Borup has created a free Magic Wand Tool for AE.

To install the free preset go to and click the big red donate button. After you click the button you can select to donate some money or simply put in 0 (but hey, supporting is good karma!). After you download, install it into the preset folder on your computer and you should be good to go. Now all you have to do is drag the MagicWand effect onto any layer you want.

Mikey has also created this very helpful video tutorial showing how to use the effect the video covers:

  • Using the Magic Wand Effect
  • Moving the Point Control
  • Adjusting Tolerance

This video was first shared on Mikey’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for Sharing Mikey! If you want to watch more awesome tutorials by Mikey Borup than check out his page on the blog.

Know of any other helpful Photoshop tools that can be used in After Effects? Share in the comments below.

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  • Lenin Angelo Lavina

    Wow! Fantastic!

  • Denver Mason

    What I do is just do my changes in Photoshop, then import the file into after effects. It’s not really all that hard. I am surprised that Adobe hasn’t added that feature already though.

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