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Old trick of drag a selection with option in Affinity Photo

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Hi!

 

Just a simple question about an very very very old trick.

 

If I have a selection and I move it with Option (Alt for Windows) the action is not duplicate this selection?

 

Sorry. Maybe will be a simple solution, but I downloaded the Beta of Affinity Photo and I am new with this fabulous app.

 

I am an old fashioned user of Amazing Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Graphic Coverter, Acorn and Pixelmator and I want to hold on all the time with Affinity Photo when I will purchase in no time  ;)


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I assume that if you downloaded the Affinity Photo beta, you are a Mac user who bought Affinity Designer (because there is no Windows beta for Photo yet & you must have a retail version of Photo for Mac installed to run the beta version). Is this correct?

 

Anyway, yes you can option-drag a layer to duplicate it in Photo for Mac, or with a command-drag as well.


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Thank, R C-R.

 

I have Affinity Designer from the first Betas. But I mean that the trick is about have a portion of the image, not manipulate a layer.

 

It is generally a convention from a long time ago in graphic application on Macintosh. If you have something selected, dragging that element or a portion of that element using Option duplicates that selection and is ”floating” ready to use.

The original element remains in its place intact.


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Copy/Paste the selection and then drag?


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Hi krollian,

No, dragging a selection pressing ⌥ (option/alt) in Photo will not duplicate it. Pressing and holding ⌃(ctrl) and ⌥ (option/alt) will add and subtract from the selection respectively.

Pressing ⌘ (cmd) will move both the selection and its contents. As Petar_MK suggested you have to copy/paste it to a new layer to get a duplicate.

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