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Hello, I feel daft asking this but it is driving me crazy.

Basically I want to select part of a picture to cut and paste it elsewhere, ideally on to its own layer.

I have made selections with both the brush tool and the lasso but for some reason the selection floats above the picture. If I cut and paste the selection isn't "selected" but I get the whole picture again. In the attached screen snap I want to cut out the raised beds, add a greenhouse and paste the raised beds in front of the greenhouse. All I am getting is the complete picture again. 

This is probably something embarrassingly simple!

ScreenSnap 2020-04-24 at 08.38.51.jpg

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Well, how do you expect this to work? If you select part of an image, cut it out (so it temporarily disappears) and then paste it in again, the result looks the same as before – except this time, Affinity Photo should have created a separate layer from the pasted selection. You need to hide or delete your original image layer in the Layers panel or go File > New From Clipboard in order to get the selected image content only.

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Thanks -- that's what I usually do and it usually works. As a test, I used the lasso tool to draw a circle on the picture. I then did Cmd-C and Cmd-V which previously would had picked up and pasted only the selection. In this case though, I got the whole picture again. File > New from Clipboard also gives me the whole picture.

As mentioned, it is probably something infuriatingly simple ...


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