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Chapter 4: Getting Unstuck and I'm still stuck!

Jan 17, 2012, 23:26
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Chapter 4: Getting Unstuck and I'm still stuck!
Hi, first time poster here. I wouldn't bring up such a simple problem but I've tried troubleshooting with http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-getting-unstuck.html and no dice.

My issue is when I select an image to move I get a same sized dashed box around an empty space and a floating layer is created.

First I attempted to anchor with CTRL+H and Layer > Anchor Layer.
The floating layer and the empty selection both disappear.

Second I checked View menu to make sure Show Selection was checked.

Third I made sure all layers were visible and 100% opaque.

Fourth, wondering if I was acting outside the layer I selected Layer > Layer to image size. Nothing happened.

So now I'm well and truly stumped. If it matters I am moving the selection using ALT+SHIFT. I'm sure there's something obvious I'm missing. Blush
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Jan 18, 2012, 01:06
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RE: Chapter 4: Getting Unstuck and I'm still stuck!
Moving the selection doesn't move the image pixels but the mask that selects the pixels. In other words, the image is unchanged, but a different set of pixels has been selected (with the same shape as before). If you want to move part of the image, select, then cut or copy, tne paste. This creates a floating selection, that you can move around, and then anchor (pastes it back to the layer) or use to create a new layer.

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Feb 11, 2012, 23:56
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RE: Chapter 4: Getting Unstuck and I'm still stuck!
(Jan 18, 2012 01:06)ofnuts Wrote:  Moving the selection doesn't move the image pixels but the mask that selects the pixels. In other words, the image is unchanged, but a different set of pixels has been selected (with the same shape as before). If you want to move part of the image, select, then cut or copy, tne paste. This creates a floating selection, that you can move around, and then anchor (pastes it back to the layer) or use to create a new layer.

Thanks @ofnuts Smile I figured that out and forgot to check back here.
It just seemed inelegant to have to copy and paste first in order to move the image (rather than the selected mask). Thought I was missing something.
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