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Quick Tip: Copy Layers Between Documents in Photoshop

By April 21, 2014Quick Tips, Tips & Tricks

Learn how to copy and paste layers between documents in Photoshop

In this quick Photoshop tutorial well see how to copy layers from one document to another in Photoshop. With this method you don’t need to make a selection and use copy and paste shortcuts. Save time while working in Photoshop and focus on what you create.

Tutorial Details and Resources

Difficulty: Beginner

Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop

Estimated Completion Time: 2′ Minutes

Resources: –

Step 1 > Copy the Layer

First highlight / select the layer you want to copy. Next, go to Layer > Duplicate Layer to copy the layer from Document 1.


Step 2 > Duplicate Layer

In the new tab chose where you want to copy the layer. The list contains all your active / open documents in Photoshop. You can also copy the layer to a new document.



The layer is now copied in Document 2. You can use the same technique to copy and paste smart objects, shapes and groups. Speed your workflow with this simple but quick technique.


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