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How to Move, Rotate or Transform Selection

Aug 20, 2011, 20:54 (This post was last modified: Aug 20, 2011 20:57 by JDWorks.)
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How to Move, Rotate or Transform Selection
Just a very basic question: How can I move (rotate or otherwise transform) a Selection.

1. Suppose I have a single Layer, on which I draw an image.
2. Now I activate a Selection Tool (Rectangular, Elliptical, Lasso, etc.) and make a Selection.
3. Then I activate the Move Tool and click on the "Move Selection" option, not the "Move Layer" option. [Oddly, when the "Move Selection" option is activated, there are two greyed out (unavailable) sub-options, both indication "Move Selection".]
4. With the Move Tool, I am able to move the Selection, but not the contents of that Selection.

The Gimp Documentation guide says:

"If you click-and-drag the selection without handles, you create a new selection! To move the selection contents, you have to hold down Ctrl+Alt keys and click-and-drag the selection. This makes the original place empty. A floating selection is created. The required key commands may differ on your system, look in the status bar to see if another combination is specified; for example, Shift+Ctrl+Alt."

The attached screenshot, show what I'm looking at.

I have tried every combination of Shift, Ctrl and Alt (Shift+Ctrl, Ctrl+Alt and Shift+Alt). None of these allow me to move the contents of the selection. Further, there are no "handles" on the Selection. I suppose the key is to get the handles to appear, but I have not been able to discover the secret combination of keys to make that happen.

I am running Windows XP Pro, if that matters.

Thanks for your HELP!

Sincerely,
JDWorks


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Aug 20, 2011, 21:28 (This post was last modified: Aug 21, 2011 00:01 by JDWorks.)
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RE: How to Move, Rotate or Transform Selection
OK, now I seem to have found a way to move the selection, although it doesn't really make sense to me.

1. Make a Selection with, for example, the Rectangular selection tool.
2. Then, while still using the Rectangular selection tool, hold down the Ctrl+Alt keys, click and drag the Selection and its contents to new position. Basic Move function.
3. Alternatively, while still using the Rectangular selection tool, hold down the Shift+Alt keys, click and drag the Selection, copying the contents to a new position. Basic Copy function.

The Move tool itself won't do the job, at least on my PC.

So there you have it, if any else has had the same problem.

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Aug 20, 2011, 22:00
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RE: How to Move, Rotate or Transform Selection
Thanks for the clarification. Very informative.

After a couple of hours stumbling about in the dark, apparently I discovered the secret handshake!

Thanks,
JD
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