You have 49 layers and you want to save each layer to it's own psd file
you have one layer and you selected 49 different selections on the same layer and want to move each selection to it's own layer?
If they are already 49 layers, then you could use File>Export>Layers to Files or File>Scripts>Export Layers to Files, depending on your photoshop version.
Some screenshots might illustrate the issue better.
It sounds like you might have one layer and that you want to divide multiple areas of that layer into separate layers. If that is the case, you can make a selection around the area you want to move to a separate layer, then choose Edit > Cut. Next choose Edit > Paste Special > Paste in place. That will paste the pixels onto a new layer without changing the position of the pixels.
- Choose File> Automate > Crop and Straighten Photos. (This will give you 49 single images)
- Close Photoshop to save each of the individual files
- Reopen Ps
- Choose File > Scripts > Load Files into Stack
- Click the Browse button and choose your files
"I want to cut out several shapes from a single image (there are 49 total) and put each on its own .psd layer. "
So it's the latter in your question. I have a single image on a layer, and I want to find a quick way to select specific shapes on that layer and copy each selection I make to their own layers.
I found I could do them all - one at a time.
But I was hoping there's an Action or something that might allow me to make all the selections and then "bulk" copy them to their own layers within the same .psd.
That way I can use the .psd in an After effects composition with the same layer structure for animating.
Thanks for your help!
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You can also just make a selection and use the keyboard shortcut cmd or control j to "jump" it to a new layer.
Thanks .... that's what I ended up doing. And It does work well enough. I'll learn how to do an "Action" and hopefully will set it up to do multiple layers at once.
But ... we'll see.
Many thanks for the help!