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How do you move the selection in photoshop (marching ants) without moveing any part(pixels) of the selected layer?

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In addition to Carl's answer.. you can choose Select > Transform Selection from the menu after you've created a selection.

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By (re-)selecting the selection tool. You will only move pixels if you drag a selection with the move tool (V) active. When dragging a selection with the selection tool (M) active, you'll leave the pixels alone.

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While dragging out your marquee selection, hold down the spacebar and that should allow you to do as described.

Note: Both must be held down at the same time.

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  • My marquee is already drawn, how can I move it after it has been drawn. Commented Jun 20, 2014 at 3:13
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Hold down the W key and move the marquee at the same time, works on Photoshop 2019 and 2020

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it only can be done with the "new selection" option active,, when you press key M, it will display a bar with some options... select the first one and then you are now able to move the marching ants without moving any pixels

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    Please add an image showing the menu you mentioned ...
    – Mensch
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 23:34

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