The ability to work with layers in Photoshop is one of my favorite reasons to use the program. keeping individual elements of an image on different layers makes it much easier to edit those elements separately without affecting the rest of my work.
Occasionally you may encounter situations where you need an identical copy of one of your layers, whether that copy will be remaining intact, or if you need a modified version without affecting the original layer. Luckily Photoshop makes it possible for you to create a duplicate of an existing layer in your image. Our tutorial below will show you how to create this duplicate.
How to Make a Copy of a Layer in Photoshop
The steps in this article were performed in Adobe Photoshop CS5. This guide assumes that you currently have a Photoshop image with multiple layers, and that you would like to duplicate one of those layers. Note that any changes you make to one of the layers will not be reflected in the other copy of that layer.
Step 1: Open the Photoshop file containing the layer that you want to duplicate.
Step 2: Locate the Layers panel at the right side of the window, then select the layer that you want to duplicate. If you don’t see the Layers panel, press F7 on your keyboard.
Step 3: Select the Layer tab at the top of the window, then click the Duplicate Layer option. Note that you can also right-click the selected layer and choose Duplicate Layer from that menu instead.
Step 4: Change the name of the layer in the As field, if desired, then click the OK button. If you would like to copy the selected layer into another open Photoshop file, or into a new Photoshop file, then click the Document dropdown menu and choose the desired file for the duplicate layer.
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