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Duplicate Layer Mystery

Apr 13, 2012 8:01 AM

Tags: #duplicate_layer

Ok, this has been bugging me for years, have searched and searched with no answers, hope someone here has an idea. When I duplicate a layer, sometimes the layer will automatically duplicate as a copy within the same document, and sometimes it will open the dialog box that allows duplicating to another document. Does this happen to anyone else? Any ideas why? It seems to happen randomly, on both iMacs I use, as far back as I can remember (using CS4 now). I'm beginning to think I'm the only one this has happened to...

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    Apr 13, 2012 10:04 AM   in reply to troyjack1

    It depends on the steps your using to duplicate the layer.

     

    If you either drag the layer down to the new layer icon at the bottom of the layers panel (using no modifier keys) or Cmd-J, then you shouldn't get any dialogs.

     

    If you right click on the layer in the layers panel and choose Duplicate Layer or Layer>Duplicate Layer, then you will get a dialog.

     
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    Apr 13, 2012 10:36 AM   in reply to troyjack1

    You would get a menu similar to this by right clicking on the layer and if you choose Duplicate Layer then you would get a dialog.

    If your were holding down the option key while choosing Duplicate Layer then that would skip the the dialog and duplicate the layer as if dragging to the new layer icon.

     

     

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    Apr 13, 2012 5:09 PM   in reply to troyjack1

    It's not supposed to skip that dialog.  I can't say I've ever had it skip it.  I guess either you must be accidentally holding a key down that you're not aware of (or one is stuck) or you're witnessing is some kind of bug.

     

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    Apr 13, 2012 5:18 PM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    Have you tried a different keyboard?

     
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  • Noel Carboni
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    Apr 17, 2012 8:49 AM   in reply to troyjack1

    One thing comes to mind, since you mentioned cropping...

     

    When you crop, and the [  ] Delete Cropped Pixels option is NOT selected, it automatically changes your Background into a layer, without prompting...  I wonder if the setup to avoid prompting in that feature somehow could be messing up the subsequent prompting for duplicating layers...

     

    -Noel

     
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