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Hi there,

I'm trying to use Affinity Photo to do a really simple operation: I need to select a small piece of a photo, copy it, and paste it onto a new layer to manipulate.

My current process is as follows

  • Paste the photo in from the iOS Photos app
  • Select the layer the photo is on
  • Go to Selection persona, select lasso tool, making sure that lasso tool is in 'Add to selection' mode so I can refine the selection a little
  • Make my selection
  • Return to Photo Persona
  • Use the Pasteboard to 'Copy'
  • The I use the Pasteboard to 'Paste'
  • It pastes the entire picture, not the selection

What should have been a 2 minute modification has turned into a multi hour odyssey.

Please help.


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By "pasting in" the image rather than Opening it in Affinity Photo, you probably got an (Image) layer rather than a (Pixel) layer. You need to go to the Layers panel, select the layer, and Rasterize it (right-click, choose Rasterize; or use the Layer menu) to make it a (Pixel) layer before you can work with individual pixels as you're trying to do.

-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1809, 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00Gz, GeForce GTX 970
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