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I continue to have difficulty understanding the selection tool in AP. I expect the tool to behave like other software where I can make my selection and immediately copy/paste as a new object, or delete it. It seems that I have to go through the additional step(s) of refining the outputting. Is this the case or am I missing something?

I keep going back to Pixelmator Pro for fast selection edits, and I'd rather not. 

 

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Refining the selection (or not!) shouldn’t make any difference. The main thing is to make sure that you’re working on a ‘Pixel’ layer rather than an ‘Image’ layer; the latter is treated as a single object instead of a collection of pixels, so it isn’t suitable for working with things like pixel selections. Right-click on an Image layer in the Layers panel and choose ‘Rasterize...’ to convert it to a Pixel layer.


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Could be you need to rasterize the image, in the layers panel right click>rasterize


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Interesting. I guess I never noticed or expected that. I figured you have an "image"  or you have a vector.

So, what is an image if it is not a raster, or what is the benefit of having a difference?

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Because "image" retains all the data as an embedded file, and you can resize it more than once, it'll use the original image datas.

If you rasterize at a smaller size, you won't be able to enlarge it at its original size and get back the original datas, but enlarged pixels that can look ugly.

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I think I get it, buuuut once you rasterize (so that edits such as this can be made) you have lost that data. So, in order to get around that, I guess you have to make a copy or the "image", which kind of sucks then. 

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