Move a Layer's Content in Photoshop Elements 10

Moving the content of a layer is easy: Grab the Move tool from the Tools panel, select your layer on the Layers panel, and drag the element on the canvas to your desired location. You can also move the layer in 1-pixel increments by using the keyboard arrow keys. Press Shift with the arrows to move in 10-pixel increments.

The Auto-Select Layer option on the Options bar enables you to switch to a layer when you click any part of that layer’s content with the Move tool. But be careful if you have a lot of overlapping layers because this technique can sometimes be more trouble than it’s worth.

The Move tool has additional options. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Show Bounding Box. This option surrounds the contents of your layer with a dotted box that has handles, enabling you to easily transform your layer.

  • Show Highlight on Rollover. Hover your mouse anywhere over the canvas to make an outline appear around the element on your layer. Click the highlighted layer to select it and then move it.

  • Arrange submenu. This menu enables you to change your selected layer’s position in the stacking order.

  • Link Layers. This option, which resides not on the Options bar, but in the Layers panel, connects the layers to make it easier to move (or transform) multiple layers simultaneously. Select a layer and then Ctrl-click (Command-click on the Macintosh) to select more layers. Click the Link Layers option.

  • Align submenu. Align your selected layers on the left, center, right, top, middle, and bottom. As with linking, select your first layer and then Shift-click to select more layers. Ctrl-click (Command-click on the Macintosh) to select non-consecutive layers. Choose an alignment option.

  • Distribute submenu. Use this menu to evenly space your selected layers on the left, center, right, top, middle, and bottom. As with aligning, select your first layer and then Shift-click to select more layers. Ctrl-click (Command-click on the Macintosh) to select non-consecutive layers. Choose your desired distribution option.

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