How To Move A Selection In Photoshop

Being able to quickly and easily move selections that you make in Photoshop can be a huge asset. Using this function, you can usually make quick changes to your work, and it is especially helpful when you want to create change to a specific region that is otherwise difficult to move. But you may be wondering how this can be done.

To move selections in Photoshop, you can use a combination of different selection tools, and then using the Move Tool, can transform and change the position of whatever falls inside your selection. This way, you can move specific areas of the canvas with ease.

So, if you are trying to understand how this little Photoshop trick works, you no longer have to worry! This is a relatively simple Photoshop hack that you can use, and we will show you exactly how to accomplish this goal with these tools. Let’s get started!

Moving A Photoshop Selection

As we mentioned above, one of the ways to edit your Photoshop layers is to combine the Selection tools and the Move Tool to create interesting results. If you want to achieve the same effect, you can do so by following these instructions: 

  1. Run photoshop on your computer, and then open up a new file.
  2. Whatever you want to select, do so using the tool of your choice.
  3. You can use Object Selection, Quick Selection, and a myriad of other tools.
  4. Once you have a selection ready, choose the Move Tool. This is a tool you can find from the Photoshop toolbar on the left hand side.
  5. The area that you selected will now have a blue selection over it.
  6. Click wherever you would like on the blue area over your selection.
  7. Click and drag the selection wherever you would like on your canvas.
  8.  At the same time, you can also resize or rotate the area.

If you move the selection on the same layer, it will leave an empty spot in the background. However, you can get around this by copying and pasting the selection as a new layer. Now, when you move it, the original image or background will not be affected. 

Using The Content-Aware Move Tool

In the last section, we talked a little bit about the background in Photoshop layers. As you can see, there can be a little bit of disruption when you move a selection, and you don’t extensively try to replicate the background. You can, of course, create a new layer. However, what do you do with the object you didn’t want in the original position? 

If you want the background to revert back, there is another interesting tool you can use in Photoshop. This is known as the Content-Aware Move Tool and it helps the background stay consistent, even when you are working within the same layer. 

You can take a look at this video tutorial to see how these steps play out visually:

If you want to learn more and repeat the same process, here are the steps you need to know to create this effect in Adobe Photoshop:

  1. On Photoshop, open up an image and then select a part of it.
  2. Hold the Spot Healing Brush in the toolbar to see other tools.
  3. Now, select the option ‘Content-Aware Move Tool.’
  4. Select the move mode to either expand or contract your selection.
  5. Choose structure to decide how much the spot should look like the image pattern.
  6. Decide on a color-blending selection depending on the look you want. 
  7. When you drag and move the object, the background layer will automatically adjust on the basis of the settings you created for the tool.

When you are using this tool, there are two modes that you can use, as described above. Move mode is great when you are dealing with a basic background pattern that can easily be replicated. However, extend works better when there is more in the background, as it can allow the patching to happen at different planes to give a more accurate look.

Final Thoughts

You now know how to make and move sections on Adobe Photoshop easily! Try practicing this technique now so you can master it! Soon, you can easily make any changes you want when editing images!