Photoshop Elements: Marching Ants disappear after "New Layer Via Copy"

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I want to work on a face in a jpg, and apply changes. After selecting the area out of a jpg, and getting the "marching ants" , I make a new layer via copy, which works fine, except the selection disappears. WHAT HAPPENED to the MARCHING ANTS?
Select/Reselect is grayed out on both the original and the copy layer. Changes made to the layer are not isolated to the copied face, because there is no selection. So the only way I can work on the layer is to redo the whole process of making the selection. What ? That can't be right... Somebody, please, give me back my ants, and Thank You.
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Hello, What program is that, Photoshop elements?
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Morris Cottingham

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Yes, PSE10, running on XP-Pro with Nvidia 8400GS video cards driving 5 monitors. 2.4ghz with 2 gig ram. 2 much hard drive.
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When you use "new layer via copy", the selection became the layer transparency mask - and the marching ants go away because there is no more selection. That's perfectly normal, intended operation. If you really need the selection for something else, then you can command/control click the layer to load the layer transparency as a selection.
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Ctrl + Click the layer thumbnail of new layer created by the "New Layer Via Copy" command in the Layers panel to load the layer contents as a selection.