How to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another?


Question

Is there a way to copy layers from one Photoshop document to another?

I was working on a project earlier on that required this but I didn't know how this could have been done.

(Procedure not as simple as Illustrator, where a simple Ctrl | Cmd + C and Ctrl | Cmd + V would work.)

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4/5/2015 10:18:00 AM

You can simply drag the layer from the Layers panel and drop it on the new document. That can be tricky however if your view is setup such that the two documents aren't side by side (at the bottom is description of how to do this with tabs).

The other way to transfer layers between open documents is using the Duplicate Layer function. When you right-click on a layer in Layers panel you can choose Duplicate Layer... from the menu. The Duplicate Layer dialog box then asks you which document to use as the Destination.


In tabbed view: choose needed layers in Layers panel, grab the Move tool (V), click and hold in the document window (not the Layers panel, just on the image itself), drag your cursor to the title of the needed tab and wait till document view changed (don't release left mouse button yet), move your mouse cursor into the document window and release left mouse button (hold down Shift to place layer in the center of the document).

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2/28/2013 2:31:00 PM

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