How to Copy/Paste Entire Layer/Layer Group in Photoshop CC 2018

How to Copy/Paste Entire Layer/Layer Group in Photoshop CC 2018

One of the new features in Photoshop CC 2018 is the ability to copy and paste entire layer(s) and layer groups in the same or any other open document. This means that everything associated with layer/group like opacity, layer effects, smart filters, layer mask... will be copied and pasted. In this post, I will explain to you how to copy and paste entire layer/group and what to pay attention while copying content.

Video tutorial

Here is a video tutorial for those who prefer video over written content. If you have any question or doubt, please do not hesitate to leave comments.


Copy entire layer(s) and layer groups in Photoshop CC 2018

It is simple and easy to copy layer/smart object layer/layer group and all its attributes/effects/filters like: visibility, opacity, fill opacity, blending mode, smart filters, layer mask, vector mask, layer effects...

Here are the steps:
  • Select layer, layers or layer group in the Layers panel. Ensure that vector mask is not selected (tiny lines around vector mask thumbnail indicates that vector mask is selected). Also, ensure that path in the Paths panel is not selected (lighter color with default color theme indicates that path is selected).
  • Press Ctrl/Cmd + C or go to Edit > Copy.
  • You can switch to another open document. Press Ctrl/Cmd + V or go to Edit > Paste. Another paste option is Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + V which is available from Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place menu. Paste in Place will paste copied content at the exact same position in the same document. When pasting between documents this command will paste content in a position relative to its position in the original document.

What kind of layers can be copied/pasted?

The short answer is any kind of layer including hidden, locked, empty layer, a smart object layer, and nested layer groups. You can not copy Background layer when it is the only layer in the document.

Troubleshooting tips when copy/paste seems doesn't work

If something does not work as expected: it seems nothing is pasted or you are getting vector mask applied to selected (active) layer in the Layers panel instead of desired content above it, then check that vector mask is not selected when copying layer.
 Vector mask selected in the Layers panel in Photoshop
To copy entire layer ensure that vector mask is not selected before copying layer.


Another issue can be when the path is selected in the Paths panel while copying layer(s) or layer group. In that case, you may get the path in the Paths panel instead of desired content pasted in the Layers panel.
Indicator that path is selected in the Paths panel
To successfully copy entire layer you should also ensure that path in the Paths panel is not selected.


More info on Photoshop help official page: Create and manage layers and groups - Copy/paste layers.



Product used in this tutorial:
Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 - 19.0 Release

Reference
:
New features summary - October 2017 release of Photoshop CC (version 19.0)
Create and manage layers and groups

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