You can make a selection on a layer using the Rectangular Selection, Oval Selection, Lasso, or Magic Wand tool. Selections on layers function in the same way as selections on the canvas — you can use them to constrain brush strokes, to isolate an area of the layer for applying an effect, or to choose an area of the layer to cut or copy. For more information about working with selections, see "Selections" in the Help.
By default, when you move a selection, only the selection marquee moves, not the images. To move selected images on a layer, you must "float" the selection. In effect, this turns the selected area of the layer into a floating object. You can move floating objects around a layer to create new compositions.
Each layer in a document can have only one floating object at a time. You can drop a floating object to merge it with the layer. Many operations automatically drop (or merge) the floating object back to its parent layer.
Floating objects are created by making a selection on a pixel-based layer. Shapes cannot be floating objects because they are vector-based. However, you can turn a shape into a pixel-based layer. For instructions, see "To convert a shape to a pixel-based layer" on page 329
When you save a document to RIF format, Corel Painter preserves all floating objects. However, saving a document in a non-RIF format automatically drops floating objects onto their parent layers.
To create a floating object
1 Create a selection on a layer using a selection tool.
2 Do one of the following:
• Click the selection with the Layer Adjuster tool > .
The floating object appears as an item below the parent layer on the Layers palette.
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