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Chapter 5. Working with Layers > Copying Layers Between Images

Copying Layers Between Images

It’s extremely easy to copy layers from one Photoshop Elements document to another. If you’re used to the drag-and-drop technique, then you’ll be glad to know that this works just fine for copying layers as well as selections. Remember that as you copy and paste selections they end up on their own layers. So layers often contain unique objects that you can easily share between photos.

To drag and drop a layer from the Layers palette:

1.
Open the two images you plan to use.

2.
In the source image, select the layer you want to copy by clicking it in the Layers palette.

3.
Drag the layer’s name from the Layers palette into the destination image (Figure 5.38).

Figure 5.38. To copy a layer, just drag it from the Layers palette and drop it directly onto another image.


The new layer appears both in the image window and on the Layers palette of the destination image (Figure 5.39). When you drag a layer from one image into another, the original, source image is not changed. The layer remains intact.

Figure 5.39. The new layer appears right above the previously selected (active) layer in the destination image.



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