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moving selected area vs moving selection vs moving whole image

Mar 22, 2012, 18:58
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moving selected area vs moving selection vs moving whole image
This has confused me for a while. I'd like to know how I'm SUPPOSED to do this very basic operation and how I could change the default to make it more intuitive to me.

I want to select part of an image with just one layer. Say I just flattened the image and have to move one part of. I select it with the rectangular select tool. It seems intuitive that I could then just move what I selected, but when I drag the selection, the selection itself moves without moving what is inside the selection.

If I then remember to click the move tool and try to move what's in the selection (seems to work sometimes, maybe when there's multiple layers?) the entire image moves.

The only way I can move part of the image over is if I make a selection and then cut it (ctrl X) then paste it.

How am I supposed to move part of the flattened image, is there a way I can set it to default to "When I select something, I can immediately drag that selected area around."

Thanks.
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Mar 22, 2012, 20:35
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(Mar 22, 2012 18:58)interkin3tic Wrote:  This has confused me for a while. I'd like to know how I'm SUPPOSED to do this very basic operation and how I could change the default to make it more intuitive to me.

I want to select part of an image with just one layer. Say I just flattened the image and have to move one part of. I select it with the rectangular select tool. It seems intuitive that I could then just move what I selected, but when I drag the selection, the selection itself moves without moving what is inside the selection.

If I then remember to click the move tool and try to move what's in the selection (seems to work sometimes, maybe when there's multiple layers?) the entire image moves.

The only way I can move part of the image over is if I make a selection and then cut it (ctrl X) then paste it.

How am I supposed to move part of the flattened image, is there a way I can set it to default to "When I select something, I can immediately drag that selected area around."

Thanks.
Moving your selected layers isn't that intuitive... do you mean to copy or to move? And maybe you'll want to rotate it a bit? And how about advanced users who want to move layers? Your intuition is correct within a simple application like Paint, but not within a much more powerful one.

The closest to what you want to do is Select/Float (Shift-Ctrl-L), which creates a floating selection in one keystroke (and doesn't clutter the clipboard)

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