How to Move Images in Photoshop


An essential tool to master in Photoshop is the "Move" tool. This tool enables you to reposition layers and selections by simply clicking and dragging. Using this tool, you can also drag and drop images from one file into another.

Moving Image Layers

  • Go to the Tools panel and click on the Move tool. The Move tool's icon is a black arrowhead next to a small cross of arrows pointing four directions.

  • Click on the layer you want to move, or go to the Options Bar and check the box next to "Auto-Select." This option enables the Move tool to select the layer you click on automatically.

  • Click and drag on the part of the image you wish to move. Drag the layer to another tab to drop it into that document.

Moving Selections

  • Choose a selection tool and make a selection in the image.

  • Click on the Move tool.

  • Click and drag within the selection to cutout that portion of the image and relocate it. Drag your selection to a different image tab to copy it into the other document.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you are using the Move tool, you can "nudge" the selected layer one pixel at a time by pressing the arrow keys on the keyboard.
  • Photoshop locks image backgrounds. You will need to covert the background to a layer in order to move it. Double-click the background, type a name for the layer and click "Ok".

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