Six Ways to Duplicate a Layer

I love the tutorials that Karen (Snickerdoodle Designs) shares. She is very clear in her explanations and has photos to help see what each step is along the way. If you haven’t checked out her tutorials, I highly recommend that you do.

Snickerdoodle Designs by Karen

I got this tutorial from Karen and wanted to share it with you. Here are the different ways to duplicate a layer.

  1. Go to the top Menu Bar. Image > Duplicate. A new window will open asking you to name your duplicate image. You may do so or just click OK and forego naming it.  (In Photoshop Elements: File > Duplicate)

  2.  In you Layers Panel, click on the layer you would like to duplicate in order to make it active. Right click, then choose Duplicate in the fly-out menu. (Same for Photoshop Elements)

  3.  While holding down the ALT key, click on the layer you would like to duplicate. Left click and hold down your mouse button while you drag the element up. When your mouse reaches the top of the layer you have selected, release the ALT key and your mouse. The layer will be duplicated. (Same for Photoshop Elements)

  4.  Hold down the ALT key, left click on the object within your document that you would like to duplicate and drag it away from the original object and it will be duplicated. (Same for Photoshop Elements)

  5.  In the Layers Panel, click on the layer you would like to duplicate, and drag to the New Layer Icon. In Photoshop it’s at the bottom of the Layers Panel; in Photoshop Elements it is at the top of the Layers Panel.

  6.  In the Layers Panel, click on the layer you would like to duplicate and hit CTRL + J on your keyboard. The layer will be duplicated. (Same for Photoshop Elements)

Happy Scrapping!

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