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Chapter 7. Layers > Copy layers

Copy layers

Let’s say you’re about to perform an operation that requires or causes your file to become flattened, such as converting it to Indexed Color mode (which does not support multiple layers), or saving it to a format other than Photoshop. If you want to preserve a copy of a few individual layers from the file before it’s flattened, the following instructions will come in handy. You can save individual layers to a new document or to an existing, open document.

To save a copy of a layer in a new file:

1.
On the Layers palette, choose the layer that you want to save a copy of.

2.
Right-click/Ctrl-click that layer, and choose Duplicate Layer from the context menu.

3.
Choose Destination Document: New .


Choose a Destination Document in the Duplicate Layer dialog box.


4.
In the As field, enter a name for the layer to appear in the new file.

5.
In the Destination: Name field, enter a name for the new file.

6.
Click OK, and save the new document.


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