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eruba

Suggestion: swap icons for moving selected pixels

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Hello. I am always confused by how the tool icon for moving the blue selection is a white cursor, while for the clear selection it is a blue cursor. Wouldn't it make more sense, if it were the other way around, and the blue selection would correspond to the blue icon?

 

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Hello and welcome to the forum @eruba :)

 

In paint.net blue denotes a selection. This little snippet of info provides a guide to the coloring of the icons.

 

This one :MoveTool: moves pixels in the selected area. Blue = selection.

 

This one :MoveSelectionTool: moves the  selection outline. White = not a selection i.e. the outline of one.

 

I can see how this is apparently counter-intuitive when the selection shading can be blue or clear. The reason clear is used is to better see the actual pixels in their true color. I recall that the selection only loses the blue tint when moving actually starts. Before movement, it is also tinted blue.

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There's a certain logic to your suggestion, but the metaphor is using a filled arrow to mean "include the contents" vs. "just the outline" (just the selection). Also, this matches what Photoshop et. al. do here, which is important.

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Also, it's difficult to swap them now -- even if I were to agree with your logic (which I both do and don't 🤪) -- because everyone else is already used to how they are

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