Paste Into command in Photoshop

This is one of interesting command in Photoshop which you may not be aware and use often, but its there in Edit menu (Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into) and have its own default keyboard shortcut Alt + Shift + Ctrl + V.

What is doing Paste Into command

Paste Into is command which will paste clipboard content inside or into selection in Photoshop and automatically create layer mask based on selected area.

Real World example of Paste Into

In this example I selected central area of souvenir and my idea is to replace it with image.
First step is to create and load selection
First step is to create and load selection

With selection loaded I will select and copy image I want to use to the clipboard.
Second step is to copy content to the clipboard
Second step is to copy content to the clipboard

Third step is to go back to souvenir image with loaded selection and to choose Edit  > Paste Special > Paste Into or to press Alt + Shift + Ctrl + V.

After pasting clipboard content, new layer with layer mask will be created and as you can see mask is not linked with layer what means that you can click on thumbnail with image and move image around using Selection tool to re-position it.
Move image independently of mask
After pasting image into selected area click on image thumbnail and
move it using Selection tool independently of mask
Photoshop / Moving, copying, and deleting selected pixels

Product used in this tutorial: Adobe Photoshop CS5

*Document updated 01/06/2017


  1. Now, this is a good idea! I have copied into a selection before, but,that was within the same doc. PS is awesome! Thank you for sharing this!



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