Photoshop: Unable to select/remove an object from a picture

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I'm trying to cut an object (i.e. paint can) out of a picture using Photoshop CC. I used the square marque tool (to select the area), then used the magic wand to deselect the background (background is white). It looked like it worked (the paint can was the only item selected). When I used the move tool to move the paint can from the original image, the entire picture moves. What am I doing wrong?
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Howdy Nicole,

It sounds like you're learning how to do selections and masking.  I would recommend taking a look at YouTube for a quick tutorial.  

In a nutshell, if I were going to remove an object, like a paint can, from an image, I'd probably use the Quick Selection tool (W) and the add or subtract bits with the Lasso tool (L) -- the keyboard shortcuts are SHIFT adds and ALT/OPT subtracts.  Once you have the object you want removed all selected, just press CNTRL/CMD+X and POOF.  If you're working on a document that's only a single layer, I would suggest changing that layer from Background to a regular layer by double-clicking on it in the Layers panel and taking the name it gives you (default is Layer 0), in order to avoid having your background color fill the spot.

Hope that helps,
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Sounds like you're clicking outside the selected area. (e.g. you might have what you think is selected inversed)

The move tool will look like the normal move tool when you're outside the selection, and it will show a scissor icon when your inside the selection.

If it doesn't show the scissor icon when you expect, try inversing your selection. Select >  Inverse