I’m having difficulty creating pixel perfect rectangular selections. I can come up with three potential methods of how do it but I can’t get any of them to work well.
The first one is to simply start a selection by clicking and dragging anywhere on the canvas with the rectangular selection tool. Then, move the starting point to where you want it by holding down the alt-key. Once in position, release the alt-key and continue dragging to the opposite corner to its desired location. The problem I have with this method is that it’s really difficult to align things if you are trying to select something really large. For instance, to align the starting point I first need to zoom in to it enough to distinguish between pixels, making the opposite corner that I want the selection to extend to no longer visible. I can then pan the view towards it by touching the sides of the canvas until I eventually end up at it. This can be quite tedious if you are zoomed in a lot and the selection is really big. However, if you used the alt-key to align the starting point, this way of panning no longer works for some reason (I suspect that it’s a bug). So, it would be really great if you could still zoom/pan while creating a selection in this way. Is that possible?
The other way I had in mind was to just create an arbitrary selection and then right-click and press Edit Selection. When you do this, you end up with a selection whose boundaries can be dragged around and you can do this while still being able to zoom/pan, making it easy to select exactly what you want. However, the resulting selection from using this method seems to behave differently compared to the previous method. For instance, if I were to press ctrl + c to copy and then ctrl + n to create a new document from clipboard I end up with a white canvas, whereas if I use the previous method (without going into Edit Selection) I end up with a document the size of my selection containing what was copied, which is what I want. Is there a way that I can achieve the same result after having used Edit Selection?
The final method I can come up with is to, again, create an arbitrary selection and then in the tools options under size adjust the width and height. But when I change these values the selection does not update at all (maybe a bug?). Also, is there a way to make it so that the x- and y-coordinates of my cursor is continuously displayed (like it is in paint.NET)? That would make this method of selection much simpler.
Thanks for taking time to read my post. I appreciate all the help, just know that I have already looked through