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2.6.1.1 Moving Layers

Moving a layer is accomplished using the Move  tool. This tool is invoked by clicking on the Toolbox button displaying the four-way arrow icon. Clicking on this tool changes the mouse cursor to a four-way arrow when it is in the image window. Clicking and dragging while the cursor is in the image window causes the layer underneath the mouse cursor to move. The layer affected is the one that is highest in the layer stack and has pixels more than 50% opaque under the mouse cursor (see Section  5.7 for more on opacity and transparency). This means that if the top layer is transparent at the mouse cursor position, it is not moved. This also means that if the active layer is transparent at the mouse cursor position it is not moved. Rather, it is the first layer from the top that has more than 50% opaque pixels under the mouse cursor that is moved. Alternatively, the active layer can be forced to move by Shift-clicking and dragging. This moves the active layer regardless of its visibility, degree of transparency, or position with respect to the cursor.

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