Quick Tips

Copy One Layer, Or Copy ‘Em All

If you’re working on a layered document, and you make a selection and copy that selection, by default Photoshop only copies the information on your currently active layer (and that’s a good thing). However, there may be times when you want to copy your selection as if the image was flattened (in other words, you want to copy everything on all visible layers). If that’s the case, press Command-Shift-C (PC: Control-Shift-C), and you’ll copy as if the image was flattened, not just on the active layer.



  1. Bert 16 March, 2010 at 17:10 Reply

    Actually, I’d just like it to copy the one layer selected, (only one layer), so that it CAN be copied.

    Click on the layer you want. (IE, Select it).
    Go to the Edit menu, and you’ll find that Copy is grayed out. IE, you can’t copy one layer. You’ve got options under Select Menu for All Layers, and THEN you can Edit > Copy. But you can’t seem to click on one layer, and copy just that layer to another program (IE DreamWeaver).
    All the documentation says you can, but I’ve yet to find anyone that can do it.

    Please tell me how to select ONE Layer, copy it from the Edit Menu so I can paste it in DW like the documentation says you can.


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