There are two
Move Selected Pixels
This tool allows the user to move, rotate and scale the pixels that are under the current selection. If no selection is active, the tool moves the entire active layer.
This tool allows the user to move, rotate, and scale the selection outline. This does not change any pixels on the active layer. This is useful when refining the bounds of a selection.
When this tool is active, a blue highlight will be added to the selection for greater clarity.
It is critical to understand the difference between the two Move Tools.
This moves the actual pixels under the current selection.
This one moves the selection outline, leaving the pixels untouched.
Whenever the cursor changes to a four-way arrow the selection or layer can be dragged. The cursor changes when it is placed inside or well outside the selection or layer.
Click and drag with the
Dragging one nub over the one diametrically opposite has the effect of flipping the selection or layer.
Move a copy of a selection
In paint.net 4 it is possible to move a copy of a selection.
Simply hold down the
Here the selection circle on the left hand side shows the original selection.
Holding down the
When pixels are moved on a layer, the checkerboard pattern that remains is an indication that the region is transparent. The pattern is a visual cue and not part of the actual image.
Move the mouse over one of the
When relocating a nub, hold down the