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Thread: Moving a selection in GIMP

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    Moving a selection in GIMP

    I'm trying to edit a picture of the Burger King logo and am having trouble.
    It's my first time using GIMP, so I'm kind of lost.

    I managed to cut out what I wanted to cut out. But now, I'd like to move the K next to the B and enlarge them, so that they fill up that entire space.

    How would I go about doing this? I tried using the scissor tool (which is really neat), but I couldn't understand GIMP's manual. I tried pressing alt and other keyboard variations to move the K, but it just wouldn't work.
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    Re: Moving a selection in GIMP

    Right click your selection and in the menu, select "Select -> Float." The default keystroke for this, I think, is Ctrl+Shift+L. It pulls your selected area up into a temporary layer so that you can move it around.

    In some other applications, just using a move tool on a selection does this automatically, but GIMP allows the move tool to be used on the selection itself, rather than its contents, for adjustments.

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    Re: Moving a selection in GIMP

    I have been looking for this quick thing myself for a while
    What I was actually doing was copying the selection and pating it onto a new layer but your solution seem to be a shorcut to that

    Can't wait to try it
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    Re: Moving a selection in GIMP

    After selecting it hold down CTRL + ALT then you can move the selection around with the mouse.

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    Re: Moving a selection in GIMP

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