Is there a way to drag a selection and move it around while you create it? I know there's a program that supports this but I don't remember which. like some sort of a key combo. for example holding shift while sizing you shape keeps the aspect ratio and holding alt duplicates your sizing in the opposite direction. I would think that holding ctrl would let me move the shape around.

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Sure is.

Hold the Space Bar down while you are dragging out a selection.

This works with the Rectangular Marquee, Elliptical Marquee, Single Line Marquees, and all the Shape tools.

  • Thanks! I remembered there was such a functionality but I couldn't recall where.
    – Jake
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 3:08
  • I also just realized you've answered another question I had before. you seem like a very active user here so I wanted to thank you for that as well.
    – Jake
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 3:12
  • Glad I could help :)
    – Scott
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 18:42

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