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192 Points

Tue, Aug 30, 2011 8:07 AM

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Photoshop: Marquee/Move Tool oddity.

In Photoshop do the following:

With Rect. Marquee tool, make a selection, fill with color. Then with Marquee tool again, select a portion of the filled area, change to Move tool and move it.
Now, without deselecting, switch back to the Marquee Tool and just move the selection you have. Photoshop moves the actual pixels (as if you had the Move Tool active) and not the selection.

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703 Messages

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9.4K Points

9 years ago

I don't think that's a bug, you've created a floating selection.

more info:

http://books.google.com/books?id=8WXE...

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9 years ago

You are right but since the tool changes back to Marquee, one would expect the floating selection to be "dropped" and the "marching ants" be ready to be moved individually again.

It goes on with another bug I think:

1. Make a rectangular selection with Marquee.
2. Fill with color.
3. Deselect and with Marquee again select now half the filled rectangle.
4. With Move tool, move this selection.
5. Change back to Marquee tool, hold Alt/Option and remove part of the selection:

Boom! The pixels disappear!

What I was trying to do is deselect part of the "floating selection" and continue to move the rest of it...

To illustrate the issue, I have made a screencast:
http://screencast.com/t/aGxW0Jm6

Thanks

703 Messages

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9.4K Points

9 years ago

As far as i know it's worked basically the same way in most previous versions of photoshop, but anyway try something like this:

1. Make your selection, fill it and deselect.

2. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and draw your selection around half the
filled rectangle.

3. Press the control key and move the selection.

4. Without pressing any modifier keys draw a selection around a part of the
rectangle you just moved and press the control key to move that part.

I guess photoshop thinks that on floating selections when you hold down the
Alt key to subtract from a selection you want to actually cut those pixels from the floating selection versus just moving them separate from the rest of the floating selection.

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192 Points

9 years ago

You are right.. it seems Photoshop thinks that way.

I recall showing this to an Adobe evangelist after a presentation 2-3 years ago and he was surprised to see that happening. He considered it a bug too. It may seem a very small issue but if someone works on interface design, can come across very often in his/her workflow.

It would be interesting to see what somebody from Adobe thinks on the subject.

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4.1K Points

9 years ago

MSTUNER is correct.

A floating layers is a special layer. I do not have much else to add other than this is working correctly or at least as we intended it to work.