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I'm having a weird behavior when trying to move a selected rectangle or polygon in a layer. I do the next:

1. Select layer.

select layer

I want to move the shine that belongs to the brillos y manchas layer:

shine

2. Select rectangle or polygon.

select polygon

The selection is the small polygon.

3. Then I try to move the selection:

move selection

but it's not moved.

not moved

The first that came into my head is that the shine didn't belong to that layer, but it does. Any idea on what I am doing wrong?

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Your move tool is set to move the selection, not the area selected by.

You should:

  1. Transform your selection to a float selection using Select->Float

  2. In the move tool options choose to move Layer instead to Selection (by pressing the first icon near "Mover" in "Opciones de herramienta")

Now, it should be possible to move the shine.

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Thanks. I did it adding a new layer and doing copy and paste the selection from the old layer to the new one. Then I could merge both. But your answer is a faster way. –  Manolo Dec 6 '13 at 15:12
    
Usually after the paste operation the selection is in float state (moveable). Btw, nice image. –  Paolo Gibellini Dec 6 '13 at 17:15
    
Thanks for the answer. But are you serious? That is the most user-unfriendly way to implement this feature. I didn't think I would have to look this hard to figure out how to move a selection. –  bluecollarcoder Jul 15 at 19:16
    
@bluecollarcoder it could seem user-unfriendly, but is an effective way to avoid to move unintentionally a selection. Anyway, you can float a selection using the shortcut Shift+Ctrl+L and anchor it using Ctrl+H. –  Paolo Gibellini Jul 16 at 9:28
    
@PaoloGibellini As far as I remember, Photoshop (or any other graphics packages I have used) moves a selection without having to explicitly float it. All these packages have been used by millions of users for many years, I have never heard of one user complaining about unintentionally moving a selection. This extra action, while minor, wastes a lot of time when it has to be repeated a lot. Not to mention additional time wasted when one forgets about this extra step and have to wonder why something didn't work as expected. More meaningless mental work I don't need. –  bluecollarcoder Jul 22 at 1:05

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