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Lesson 4. Working with Selections > Moving a selected area

Moving a selected area

Once you’ve selected an area of an image, any changes you make apply exclusively to the pixels within the selection marquee. The rest of the image is not affected by those changes.

When you want to move the selected image area to another part of the composition, you’ll use the Move tool. On a single-layer image like this one, the moved pixels replace the pixels beneath them. This change is not permanent until you deselect the moved pixels, so you can try different locations for the moved selection before you make a commitment.

1.
If the blue “5” is not still selected, repeat the previous procedure to select it. (See “Using the Magic Wand tool to select a colored area” on page 123.)

2.
Select the Move tool (). Notice that the blue “5” remains selected.

3.
Drag the selected part of the image (the “5”) to the upper left area of the collage, so that a small area of the number overlaps the border of the book.

4.
Choose Select > Deselect, and then choose File > Save.

In Photoshop, it’s not easy to accidentally deselect. Unless a selection tool is active, stray clicks in the image will not deselect the active area. To deliberately deselect, you can use one of three methods: You can choose Select > Deselect, you can press Ctrl+D (Windows) or Command+D (Mac OS), or you can click outside the selection with one of the selection tools to start a different selection.

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