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Lesson 4. Working with Selections > Moving selected pixels with a keyboard shor...

Moving selected pixels with a keyboard shortcut

Next, you’ll move the black oval to the center of the book, using a keyboard shortcut. The shortcut enables you to temporarily access the Move tool instead of selecting it from the toolbox.

1.
If the black oval is not still selected, repeat the previous procedure (“Repositioning a selection marquee while creating it” on page 127) to select it.

Leave the Elliptical Marquee tool () selected in the toolbox.

2.
Hold down Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS), and move the Elliptical Marquee tool pointer within the selection. The pointer icon now includes a pair of scissors () to indicate that the selection will be cut from its current location.

Note

When you use the Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) keyboard shortcut to temporarily switch to the Move tool, you don’t need to keep the keyboard key down after you start to drag. The Move tool remains active even after you release the mouse button. Photoshop reverts back to the previously selected tool when you deselect, either by clicking outside of the selection or using the Deselect command.

3.
Drag the oval onto the book so that it is only roughly centered. (You’ll use another technique to nudge the oval into the exact position wanted.) Release the mouse button but do not deselect the black oval.

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