Copying and Pasting All Visible Layers

You would think that copying and pasting would be straightforward, and so it is. However, when you try to invoke the Copy command, it's usually grayed out. That's because Photoshop needs to know what you wish to copy and for you to tell it by making a selection. Furthermore, only the content on the currently selected layer is copied. To copy the data in all the visible layers, take the following steps:

2. Select Edit ^ Copy Merged to copy the data.

3. Select Edit ^ Paste to place the data where you want it.

Alternatively:

2. Click Ctrl+Shift+C (Windows), ^+Shift+C (Mac OS) to copy merged.

NOTE You cannot copy multiple selected layers, nor can you copy a layer that has a Smart Object embedded.

When you're copying single or multiple layers to another document, dragging is preferred because it doesn't consume resources in same way that copying does. If you do copy large amounts of data, use the Purge command in the Edit menu to expunge the data from the Clipboard.

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