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Moving Selections >

2 - Less Used Methods

If you need to make multiple copies of a selected area, read on.

Copy a Selected Area

1) Make a selection.

2) Select the Move tool.

Hole

3) Click and hold inside the selected area, and drag.

The selected area moves, leaving a "hole" in the layer.

As mentioned, this hole may not be apparent because the layer below may be "filling" in the hole.

Look in the layers stack.

You'll see the hole as a checkerboard area in the layer's thumbnail.

4) Click Ctrl + z.

No Hole

5) Press and hold Alt, click and hold inside the selected area, and drag.

The selected area is copied.

The layer doesn't have a hole in it.

6) Click Ctrl + z.

Blur Trail

7) Press and hold Alt, and press one of the arrow keys on your keyboard.

The selected area appears to be trailed by a blur of the last pixel of the selected area.

With each press of the arrow key, Photoshop Elements:

• Copies the selected area.

• Offsets the copy by one pixel from the original.

Press and hold Alt and Shift to blur by ten pixels.

Copy to a New Layer

8) Go to Edit > Revert.

The photograph returns to its original state.

9) Make a selection.

10) Press Ctrl + j.

The selected area is copied to a new layer.

11) Deselect the eye icons for the layers below the new layer.

12) Select the Move tool.

13) Press and hold Alt, click and hold inside the selected area, and drag.

The selected area is copied to a new layer.

14) Click Ctrl + z.

15) Press and hold Alt, and press one of the arrow keys on your keyboard.

The selected area appears to be trailed by a blur of the last pixel of the selected area.

The copies are placed on separate layers.