Hi, I'm struggling with the most basic process in PSE 10. I have selected an area in a photograph - now I want to delete the rest of that photograph and add the selected area as a layer to another photograph. Having spent hours searching online, I'm hoping someone can give me an answer please.
Message type was edited by: Brett N
Appreciate the advice 1.99jon - unfortunately I get an error message saying "Could not complete the Copy command because no pixels are selected". This is despite the fact that I have an area selected on the screen.
Apologies but I'm not usually this dumb. Do you have any further advice?
Make your selection and press Ctrl+J to place it on a separate transparent layer.
Drag your second image into the main editing window then look in the layers pallet (Window >> Layers if its not visible)
Highlight yout top layer and drag it down the layers stack and drop it below your layer with the selection which should become the top layer.
Highlight the top layer and use the move tool then re-save.
Thanks for bearing with me, but I seem to have an even more basic problem. I'm defining an area on the screen using the various selection tools, and there is an area on the photo defined by a dotted line. But when I try to copy or use Ctrl+J I get an error message saying no pixels are selected. In order to make the selection work, is there something else I need to do?
Really appreciate your help,
Hi, a very simple rectangular marquee tool on a Tiff. I end up with an area defined by the marching ants, but when I try to do anything (e.g. copy it) I get an error message saying no pixels have been selected.
I think the problem must be because it's a Tiff file. I just tried it on a jpeg and it was fine. Not sure why that would be, but I guess I need to work in another file format.
At least you've shown me how to do it on a jpeg, so you've helped a lot.
Check your layers panel. When you get that error it is because the layer you are selecting is blank.
A Selection selects pixels on the currently active layer. If you have a blank layer, even though you can see through to lower layers and their contents, your selection is just a bunch of nothing.
It seems to be 8 bits/channel already. But not to worry about that, I can easily work in another file format e.g. PSD. My idiot's guide says Tiff isn't normally used for editing so this was probably why I was having problems.
You're a star 99jon, very grateful to you for taking the time to work through this one with me.
All the best, John
There's no reason that this wouldn't work on a tiff file. TIFF is very often used for editing, more than PSD even. At the top of the image tab there are some numbers and letters that will say something like *(RGB/8). What does that say?
Hi Barbara, that's interesting - in fact it says exactly that (RGB/8). When I go into Image>>Mode it says 8 Bits/Channel, but it's greyed out and nothing happens when I click on it.
Everything works fine in PSD format, but I would like to solve this one if possible.
Okay, so that's not the problem, then. 8/bits channel should be grayed out (that means it's what you already have), and you have an RGB image, so neither of those is the problem. Did you try deleting the preferences yet?
Hi Barbara, I can't explain this but it seems to be working now, even with the Tiff format. I'm doing exactly what I was doing before - selecting an area on the photo, then pressing edit - copy. Before I was getting an error message, but now I can copy the selection into another Tiff. I must be doing something different or I must have changed a setting - I have no idea what, but the problem seems to have gone away. If only every problem was that simple!
The upshot is I can now edit in both Tiff and PSD and am really delighted with the help I received from this forum. I know they were very basic questions, but sometimes those are the hardest to answer.
Many thanks to everyone who responded, John