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Adjusting a Pasted Selection in Your Digital Image

Some programs don’t let you move pasted images easily. In the photo editors that do, however, you can adjust the pasted selection without affecting the underlying image. If your editor lets you adjust your pasted selection:

1

Choose Windows→Layers to display the Layers palette.

In Elements, each pasted selection appears on its own layer.

2

Click the name of the pasted selection’s layer in the Layers palette.

This step makes the layer active.

3

To move a pasted object, select the Move tool and turn off the Auto Select Layer box on the options bar; then, drag the element in the image window.

While the Move tool is active, you also can press the arrow keys on your keyboard to nudge the element.

4

Rotate a pasted element by first choosing Image→Transform→Free Transform or pressing Ctrl+T (command+T on a Mac).

A square bounding box appears around the layer contents. Little boxes — called handles — appear around the perimeter of the boundary.

5

Move your mouse outside a corner handle to display the curved rotate cursor, then drag up or down to spin the layer.

Drag outside a transformation handle to rotate the contents of a layer.

6

Click the Commit button to finalize the rotation.

To cancel a transformation, press the Esc key or click the Cancel button.

7

To resize a pasted element, select the Maintain Aspect Ratio button on the options bar, then drag the transformation handles.

Resizing an element can lead to poor image quality.

8

Click the Commit button.

This step completes the resizing.

9

Flip the pasted element by choosing Image→Rotate→Flip Layer Horizontal or Flip Layer Vertical.

Your image flips as instructed.

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