How to Copy a Layer from One Image to Another in Photoshop CS5

While many pictures that you create or edit ih Photoshop CS5 will be unique, there are also situations where you might have two different versions of the same image, or you might have two images that share one same element. If that element is included as its’ own layer in a Photoshop image and has undergone a considerable amount of editing, then the prospect of having to fine tune that layer again on another image could be troubling. If you have ever attempted to learn how to copy a layer from one image to another in Photoshop CS5, you might have found it to be difficult. Luckily Adobe has included a method for performing this action, which will prevent you from needing to recreate a complex layer that you have already completed.


Copying a Layer Between Images in Photoshop CS5


The beauty of using this technique lies in the fact that it will completely copy the layer – styles and all. It will not rasterize everything into a a single image, which will allow you to make any minor changes that are needed for the second image.

Step 1: Begin by opening the Photoshop file that contains the layer that you want to copy.

Step 2: Open the second Photoshop image to which you want to paste the copied layer. Both images should now be opened in separate tabs in Photoshop, like the image below.

two Photoshop images


Step 3: Right-click the layer on the first image that you want to copy, then click Duplicate Layer.

how to copy layer between images in photoshop cs5


Step 3: Click the drop-down menu to the right of Document, then choose the image to which you want to paste the copied layer.

duplicate a Photoshop layer


Step 4: Change the name of the layer in the As field (if necessary), then click the OK button.

You can now open the second image and see that your layer has been completely copied to this image. This method will even work with text layers, and will leave them as text layers instead of converting them to an image.

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