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Hello Everyone

 

How can I copy a selection of pixels onto the initial layer without creating a new layer for it? Like alt + drag selection in PS. Because not only is it an extra step, which becomes tedious when done repeatedly, but also repeated merging down of the new layer causes the initial layer to blur because of anti-aliasing.

Thanks in advance

Kind Regards

 

SHA-10

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1 hour ago, SHA-10 said:

repeated merging down of the new layer causes the initial layer to blur because of anti-aliasing

When working in the pixel domain, always make sure that Snapping > Force Pixel Alignment is on
Blur only occurs when bitmap images are not precisely pixel aligned. That may affect marquee selections as well.
(By the way, that's a feature, not a bug, because sometimes it may be exactly what you want. It's just that this flexibility is not immediately obvious in Affinity apps.)

1 hour ago, SHA-10 said:

an extra step, which becomes tedious when done repeatedly

You can speed it up massively by assigning custom keyboard shortcuts to all the Layer > Merge… and Rasterize… menu commands.

MacBookAir 15": MacOS Ventura > Affinity v1, v2, v2 beta // MacBookPro 15" mid-2012: MacOS El Capitan > Affinity v1 / MacOS Catalina > Affinity v1, v2, v2 beta // iPad 8th: iPadOS 16 > Affinity v2

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