Floating, Moving, and Deleting Selections

Floating, Moving, and Deleting Selections

After you have made a selection, you can easily move it anywhere within your image, move a copy of it, or delete it altogether. Here’s how to do it:

  • To move a selection: Choose any selection tool (Selection, Freehand, or Magic Wand), if you haven’t already, and then drag the selection. Selection tool cursors become four-headed move arrows when you position them over a selection, as Figure shows. On the Background (main) image layer, dragging a selection in this way leaves behind background color. The image on the left in Figure shows the effect.

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    Figure: Dragging a selection. Float the image first with Ctrl+F to drag a copy.

  • To float a selection (make it moveable): A floating selection simply means a moveable one. You can float a selection in one of two ways. When you click an existing selection with a selection tool (as though to move the selection), that selection is floated automatically. Alternatively, you can choose Selections→Float or press Ctrl+F. Floating a selection in that way (manually) leaves a copy of it behind. (Note that any floating selection also appears on the layer palette.)

  • To move a selection and leave a copy behind (as the right side of Figure shows): Float the selection manually first (choose Selections→Float or press Ctrl+F) and then move it with the Mover tool (the four-headed arrow) or any selection tool.

  • To defloat the floating selection (or glue it back down): To defloat a selection, press Ctrl+Shift+F or choose Selections→Defloat. You can also deselect (press Ctrl+D) to defloat. The defloating command leaves the area selected in case you want to do additional work on it. Whichever way you defloat the image, defloating glues the image down. It’s now part of the underlying image (or image layer), and its pixels replace whatever was there. If you move the selection again, you find that the original underlying pixels are no longer there.

  • To delete the selection: Press the Delete key on your keyboard. If the image has only one layer (or the Background layer is the active one in a multilayer image), the Paint Shop Pro background color appears in the deleted area. If the selection is on a layer, the pixels within it simply go away. (Okay, technically, they’re made transparent — same thing.)

  • To move a floating selection to another layer: Drag the Floating Selection layer up or down on the Layer palette. Leave the selection immediately above the layer you ultimately want the selection to join. When you defloat the selection, it joins the closest underlying (raster) layer.

You can also flip or mirror a selection. Refer to Chapter 11 for information on using the Flip and Mirror commands. Both commands leave a copy of the original image underlying the selection.

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