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Lesson 4. Working with Selections > Moving and duplicating simultaneously

Moving and duplicating simultaneously

Next, you’ll move and duplicate a selection simultaneously. If your globe image is no longer selected, reselect it now, using the techniques you learned earlier.

With the Move tool () selected, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) as you position the pointer inside the globe selection. The pointer becomes a double arrow, which indicates that a duplicate will be made when you move the selection.

Continue holding down Alt or Option, and drag a duplicate of the globe down and to the right, so that it is near the upper right corner of the book image. You can allow the duplicate globe to partially overlap the original one. Release the mouse button and Alt or Option, but do not deselect the duplicate globe.

Choose Edit > Transform > Scale to activate a bounding box around the selection.

Hold down Shift and drag one of the corner points to enlarge the globe so that it is larger than the original by about half. Then, press Enter (Windows) or Return (Mac OS) to commit the change and remove the transformation bounding box.

Notice that the selection marquee also resizes and that the resized, copied globe remains selected. The Shift key constrains the proportions so that the enlarged globe is not distorted.

Hold down Shift+Alt (Windows) or Shift+Option (Mac OS), and drag a new copy of the second globe down and to the right.

Holding down Shift when you move a selection constrains the movement horizontally or vertically in 45° increments.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the third globe, making it about twice the size of the first one.

When you are satisfied with the size and position of the third globe, choose Select > Deselect, and then choose File > Save.

For information on working with the center point in a transformation, see “Transforming objects in two dimensions” in Adobe Photoshop Help.

Copying selections or layers

You can use the Move tool to copy selections as you drag them within or between images, or you can copy and move selections using the Copy, Copy Merged, Cut, and Paste commands. Dragging with the Move tool saves memory because the Clipboard is not used as it is with the Copy, Copy Merged, Cut, and Paste commands.

Photoshop and ImageReady contain several copy and paste commands:

  • The Copy command copies the selected area on the active layer.

  • The Copy Merged command makes a merged copy of all the visible layers in the selected area.

  • The Paste command pastes a cut or copied selection into another part of the image or into another image as a new layer.

  • (Photoshop) The Paste Into command pastes a cut or copied selection inside another selection in the same image or different image. The source selection is pasted onto a new layer, and the destination selection border is converted into a layer mask.

Keep in mind that when a selection or layer is pasted between images with different resolutions, the pasted data retains its pixel dimensions. This can make the pasted portion appear out of proportion to the new image. Use the Image Size command to make the source and destination images the same resolution before copying and pasting.

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