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?
Hmm. No no marching ants for a selection, I am using the Move Tool to select a layer or an object in the layer (a JPG logo I dropped in as a new layer, a block of text, etc) to select it. I have an outline of the layer with the anchor points visible. Do I have to select it again somehow after that to be able to copy it?
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