How To Copy And Paste In Photoshop
Learn how to copy and paste in Photoshop through shortcuts and easy explanations. This film by VideoJug is an easy guide to learning how.
Hi, my name's Tom. I'm an edit assistant and a graphic designer. I'm now going to show you how to copy and paste using Adobe Photoshop.
Okay, here we go. I'm going to be using a photo of my father taken in 1961 as a baby, age one. So dad, if you're watching this, I'm sorry but it's one of the best images I could find.
Now, this is quite a quick and easy tutorial. If you want to just copy and paste a whole new layer, the shortcut for that with your layer selected is Apple, or if you're using PC, Control, J. As you can see, it's made a brand new layer, and you can do this as many times as you want.
That will copy the layer below as a whole and create a new layer above it. The other way, if you want to just copy and paste a small selection of the picture or image you are using, you can use the marquee tool which is over here on the left hand side in your tool palette. You've got lots of different shapes.
We're going to use the marquee tool here which is on the left hand side of your Photoshop tool palette. Now, if you click and hold, you can choose either the rectangular shape or a circular shape. I'm just going to use a rectangular shape since it's the easiest.
Again, if you want to shift through the different options, you can click and hold and select your different shapes there. Again, if you want to use the shortcut, if you're a nerd like me, you can hold down Shift and press M, and that will cycle through the different shapes that you have there using the eclipse tool. So with the rectangular shape that you used, I'm going to click and drag on the image, so I'm just going to highlight a portion of his face there.
So, I'm going to click and drag on just the face of the picture, making sure you hold down the left key on the mouse, to which area you want selected, and then just release. Now, you can see we've got this shape around the outside of the image. Now, to copy and paste, it's just like your copy and pasting in Word or Excel or any other products.
You can do the shortcut way, or you can go by edit, copy, edit, paste. So, as you can see, if I remove these layers here, I've copied just the image there of the face. Now, the shortcut way of doing that is select the layer using the eye tool there, again using the marquee tool, selecting the area that you wish to copy.
If you hold down Apple or Control (PC), press C, and then press the letter D. That will give you exactly the same effect, it's just the shortcut way. That's how you copy and paste in Photoshop. .