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Moving

In these instructions and in the “drag-copy” instructions on the next page, you’ll be moving actual image pixels. (To move just a selection marquee without moving its contents, see page 103.)

To move a selection’s contents:

1.
Optional: To help you position the selection, choose View > Show > Grid (Ctrl-’/Cmd-’) or drag a guide or guides from either ruler, and turn on View > Snap To > Guides and View > Snap To > Grid.

2.
If the selection is on the Background, choose a Background color. The area exposed by the moved selection will fill with this color automatically. If the selection is on a layer, the exposed area will fill with transparency.

3.
Choose the Move tool (V). (You can use Ctrl/Cmd to access the Move tool when most other tools are chosen.)

4.
Position the pointer over the selection (the pointer will have a scissors icon), then drag. The selection marquee and its contents will move together .


If you move a selection on a layer...



...a transparent hole is left behind.



If you move a selection on the Background, the exposed area fills with the current Background color.


Beware! When you deselect the selection, its pixel contents will drop back into its original layer, in its new location, regardless of which layer is currently active.


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