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PS CS6 Edit commands grayed out to copy / cut objects and layers?

Mar 27, 2013 5:32 PM

Tags: #photoshop #out #edit #paste #cut #copy #cs6 #unavailable #grayed

Why are my edit commands (copy and cut) grayed out / unavailable? When trying to copy a selected layer or object, all my editing commands are grayed out and unavailable. No idea why. Even if I convert something to a smart object, no joy. The only thing I seem to be able to select and copy/cut/paste is text in the text edit mode. makes no sense and is rendering PS unusable. How do I fix this?



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    Mar 27, 2013 5:38 PM   in reply to KB8WFH

    Do you have a selection active (marching ants) when you use edit>copy or copy merged for instance on a pixel layer?




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    Mar 27, 2013 6:55 PM   in reply to KB8WFH

    Your seeing the transform handles with the move tool.


    Try something like this:


    Open an image


    Click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool in the tool box

    (just below or to the left of the move tool in the tool box)

    (or press M on the keyboard)


    Draw a selection (marching ants)






    You should end up with a new layer with the copied contents from within the selection

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  • Noel Carboni
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    Dec 23, 2006
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    Mar 27, 2013 9:27 PM   in reply to KB8WFH

    To add to that, to select an entire layer, press Control-A.



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