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How do I 'switch off' highlighted area?

May 30, 2012, 10:18
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How do I 'switch off' highlighted area?
I used the Ellipse Select Tool to cut, then paste an area in an image. Now the move of this image component is done I need to 'switch off' the ellipse to paint outside it. I expected the 'Select' 'None' menu option to switch it off, but it doesn't.

What should I do? Thanks in advance.
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May 30, 2012, 12:23
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RE: How do I 'switch off' highlighted area?
When you do a cut/paste, the pasted image part is put on a temporary layer called "Floating selection". While the FS exists, you can work on it: transform (rotate/scale/move...) or paint (brush/bucket-fill/gradient...) but you cannot select any other layer while you have this up. You have to make it permanent or get rid of it by either:
- deleting it (i you changed your mind)
- merging it into the layer that was the active one when you did the paste: "Layer/Anchor layer" or Ctrl-H.
- create a new layer from it: "Layer/New layer" or Ctrl-Shift-N (when there is a floating selection, it "captures" it automatically)

The floating selection has always looked to me as a legacy from the times when memory was constrained (having extra layers takes memory). But these days one usually converts the floating selection into a new layer right away. Anchoring is rarely used since while merging layers is easy to do, it is very hard to undo, so it's usually avoided (when it looks completely necessary, it's usually a better idea to use "Layer/New from visible")

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May 30, 2012, 12:27
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RE: How do I 'switch off' highlighted area?
Many thanks, that did the job.
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