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Could not use the move tool because the target does not include all of the composite channels.

New Here ,
Feb 24, 2020 Feb 24, 2020

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Hello everyone, I'm currently working on a design that relies on distorting the RGB channels on certain images. However, now I can't use any move or editing tools when I select individual colour channels and get this error message. Any ideas on how to fix it?

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Feb 24, 2020 Feb 24, 2020

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Hi you only edit its properties not able to move it because it will distort or disturb functioning which is i think not allowed in Photoshop....regards

Ali Sajjad / Graphic Design Trainer / Freelancer / Adobe Certified Professional

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Feb 24, 2020 Feb 24, 2020

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Make sure that none of the channels are selected within the Channels panel. You can turn off the visibility of channels using the eye ball icon. However, if you have selected a channel by clicking on it within the Channels panel then you will get the error message that you mentioned when you try to move content.

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Aug 06, 2020 Aug 06, 2020

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Ok, so you have your channel selected in the Channels Window, right, then you need to grab Marquee Tool, manually select the area you want to distort, then switch to move tool and move it around. It should start moving the channels...

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Jul 10, 2023 Jul 10, 2023

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This worked for me! Thank you so much!

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May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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you can duplicate the file, flatten the layers, and move the channels freely! worked for me

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May 22, 2024 May 22, 2024

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Depending on teh design I would recommend using Smart Objects and using the Blending Options to limit them to one Channel. 

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