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How to copy from one image to another

Mar 11, 2013 1:22 PM

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.

 

John

 

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  • 99jon
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    Mar 11, 2013 11:21 AM   in reply to jatjat1000

    After you make your selection click Edit >> Copy

     

    Switch to your other image and click Edit >> Paste

     

    Then use the move tool to position/scale

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 11:38 AM   in reply to jatjat1000

    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.

     
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  • 99jon
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    Mar 11, 2013 11:50 AM   in reply to jatjat1000

    What selection tool are you using and on what type of image?

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:03 PM   in reply to jatjat1000

    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.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:03 PM   in reply to jatjat1000

    Check if the image is 16 bit. If it is go to Image >> Mode

     

    Change to 8 bits/channel

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:13 PM   in reply to jatjat1000

    Or try Layer >> Duplicate Layer

     

    Then work on that layer rather than the background.

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:16 PM   in reply to jatjat1000

    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?

     
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    Mar 11, 2013 12:50 PM   in reply to jatjat1000

    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?

     
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