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Copy & paste in Adobe Photoshop Ep10/33 [Adobe Photoshop for Beginners]

November 9, 2019


(upbeat electronic music) – [Gareth] Hello, and welcome
to this video tutorial. Gareth here from TastyTuts.com. In this tutorial, we
are going to look at one of the most common tasks
performed in Photoshop, copy and paste. In the last video, we learned
how to make selections with the selection tools. Now it’s time to use these tools to build and create in Photoshop. As you create in Photoshop and
work with multiple documents, you will be performing this task a lot to build your artwork. To copy and paste is a simple task, but as a beginner, it
will help to know how to perform this task. In this video, I will also
be demonstrating a useful way to transfer creative elements from one document to another. Now the best way to learn
is by watching and doing. So to help you, I have
created this worksheet. To follow along with this video, you will need to open this
document I have prepared especially for this tutorial. This document can be found in
the essential practice folder in the project folder. Now you can download this project folder for free, the download
link is in the description. So with the project folder open, click essential practice. Open the copy and paste folder. And open the copy and paste PSD. Then, you should have
something that looks like this. Along the way, I will be mentioning some useful shortcut keys, which you can find in the description and in the shortcut key
page in the project PDF, which you can also download
in the description. So here we have this document open, and if we look in the layers panel, we can see with have a
layer called bird layer. And a layer called blue base with bird. So the first thing we are going to do, is copy and paste the purple
bird from the blue base with bird layer. So I’m going to come up to the main menu and select the rectangular marquee tool. Now with the tool active,
I’m going to come over and click and drag a selection
over the purple bird like so. Upon release, we will have
this dashed square selection around the purple bird. So in this instance, we can
see that the dashed line covers not only the purple
bird but also the yellow and blue. In this instance, we only
want to copy and paste the purple bird. So next, I’m going to make sure I have the blue base with bird layer selected. It’s important I have the
layer selected before I copy. With the layer selected, I
can do one of two things. I can either come up to edit, scroll down and click copy, or press the keyboard
shortcut, command + C. Pressing command + C will copy
whatever is in the current active selection area on
the layer I have selected in the layers panel. Now after pressing command + C, the selection will still
exist in the document area. So once I’m happy I have copied the area, I’m going to paste. Now I can again do one of two things. I can either come up to edit, scroll down, and click paste. Or press the command
shortcut, command + V. Pressing command + V will paste
whatever I copied previous. So I’ll press command + V to paste. Now, at first glance, nothing
has appeared to have changed. Now if we look closely
in the layers panel, we now have a new layer
on top of the blue base with bird layer. We can see this is called Layer 1. Now if I press V on the keyboard to activate the move tool, then click and drag over to the right, you can see that I now have a new layer with a copy of the purple bird. Nice. So that’s the basic method to
copy and paste in Photoshop. Remember, before you copy, you must have the right area first created and the right layer selected. Press command + C to copy and
then command + V to paste. Upon pasting, you will
always create a new layer with the new pasted created on. So that was the most simplest
way to copy and paste. Let’s try another exercise. This time, I’m going
to pay close attention to the bird pair layer. So I’ll press V to activate the move tool. I’ll select the bird pair layer and click and drag in the canvas area. Now we can see that this layer
includes both the blue bird and the yellow bird. These two birds are set
on a transparent layer. So this time, I want to copy
and paste the yellow bird. I’m not interested in
copying the blue bird, just the yellow bird. So this time, I’m going to
use the polygonal lasso tool. So up in the menu, I’m going to select the
polygonal lasso tool. I will know I have this one selected as I can see the lasso
icon with points like so. So this time, I’m going to carefully click and draw a selection area around just the yellow bird. So I have made this rough
selection around the bird, as I know this yellow
bird is currently sitting on a transparent layer. So when I copy, all I will
copy is the yellow bird and nothing else. So here I have a
selection around the bird. So I’ll make sure I have
the bird pair layer selected in my layers panel. And I’ll press command + C to copy. Then press command + V to paste. Upon pressing command + V, I will now have a new
layer in my layers panel directly above the previous, and if I press V to
activate the move tool, I can move this new pasted created over to the right like so. So what I did there,
was use the lasso tool to make a detailed selection
around a specific part of my artwork. And then copied and pasted just that. And here, we have the yellow
bird on its own like so. Okay, so lets try another exercise. So this time, I’m going to
use the lasso tool again. But this time, draw an area
around the purple bird. This time I will press L on the keyboard. L is the keyboard shortcut
to activate the lasso tool. Now because we used the
polygonal lasso tool last, by pressing L, this
will activate this tool and not the other lasso tools. So I’ll press L to activate
the polygonal lasso tool, then carefully draw an area
around the purple bird like so. Once joined back at the start, I can see a dashed line around the outside of my purple bird. So unlike previous, this
time I have made a much more accurate trace around what I wish to copy. This time, I’m going to copy
and paste just the bird. So with my selection area active, I’m going to click on the
blue base with bird layer, then press command + C to copy and command + V to paste. Upon paste, we will create a
new layer in the layers panel with the pasted artwork. So now I have the purple
bird on a transparent layer cut out from the layer
with the blue background. And I’ll move this over to the right. So in this instance, we made
a very particular selection to copy and paste, nice. So that’s the basics to copying
and pasting in Photoshop. Be sure to practice those techniques to get a good grip of them, as you will find yourself using
these a lot in the future. Now these techniques I have demonstrated work well when you’re
inside the same document. So what if you were working
with multiple documents and you needed to take creative
elements from one document to another? Well let’s take a look at this. So for this exercise I’m going
to create a new document. Now I can do one of two things. I can come up to file in the top menu and click new document. Or I can use the keyboard
shortcut command + N. On this occasion, I will
use the keyboard shortcut, command + N. Upon pressing command +
N, up will pop a menu. For now, I’ll just
click on the preset tab. I’ll choose international paper and select A4 and click okay. Upon click, a new document will be created and here we can see a blank canvas. So if we look on the top
of the Photoshop document, we can see we have these two tabs here. So these are here so I
can jump back and forth into other documents that are
currently open in Photoshop. So I’m going to come back
into my original document. And on this occasion, I
want to copy and paste the big blue bird into the new document. So just like earlier, I’m going to press L to activate the polygonal lasso tool. I’ll quickly make a selection
around the blue bird. Now I have made a rough
area around the bird as I know this blue bird
is currently sitting on a transparent layer. So when I copy it, all I’ll copy is the blue
bird and nothing else. So next I’ll make sure I have
the correct layer selected in the layers panel. The bird pair layer. Next I’ll press command + C to copy. With the bird area copied,
I’ll click on the tab of my new document. With the new document open, I’ll simply press command + V to paste. Upon pressing command + V, I will paste in the bird
and create a new layer in the layers panel. By pressing V, I can
activate the move tool and move it around like so. Easy. So that’s one way to paste a creative from one document to the next. So next I’m going to
demonstrate another useful way to get creative elements
from one document to another. So I’ll come back into
my original document. Notice I still have the selection active. I’ll just press command
+ D to deselect that. So this time, I want to
get this yellow bird, this purple bird, and this
purple bird set on the blue square background
into my new document. Currently, these are
three elements existing on their own layers. So how can we get these
specific layers across into the new document? Well we can do this really easy. So first, I need to select the
layers in the layers panel. So I’ll come over into the layers panel, I’ll press and hold
command on the keyboard, or control for PC users. I’ll first select the purple bird layer set on the blue background. Then, I’ll click on the purple bird set on a transparent background. And the I’ll select the yellow bird. By pressing and holding
command on the keyboard, this will enable me to select multiple individual layers. So with these layers
selected in the layers panel I’ll press V to activate the move tool. On the canvas area, we will
know we have these selected if I gently click and
drag around slightly, we can see we have these layers selected. So with them selected
and the move tool active, I’m carefully going to
click in the canvas area and drag up to the tabs
at the top like so. Now with my mouse held
down, I’m going to drag into the new tab next to my current document. Now as I move my mouse
cursor into the new tab, you will notice the new
document become visible. With the mouse still held down, I’m going to move the mouse cursor into the new document area. With the mouse in the new document area, I will release click. Upon release, the creative
elements will now appear in the new document. And notice in the layers panel, the layers have been
carried across as well. So now I can click on a
particular layer, for example, this purple bird, and simply move that around
into a new place freely. So that’s another way of
copying from one document to another. Now this is one of the most useful tips. I actually use this technique a lot when transferring creative from
one document to the next. So be sure to practice with this one. So that is an introduction
to copying and pasting and transferring creative
from one document to another in Adobe Photoshop. In the next video, we
are going to start to manipulate creative
elements in our canvas area. In the next video, we are
going to learn how to use the transform tools in Photoshop. See you in the next video. (upbeat electronic music)

54 Comments

  • Reply El Jefe February 7, 2015 at 4:01 am

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    which software you're using to record this?

  • Reply Jsvlad js September 22, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    6:25 what is the tool that lets me copy the purple bird but i dont have to click so specifically… It is difficult to do that!

  • Reply Cementinis October 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    what kind of script do u use (or what the hell is this) when you are moving something with a move tool and then the red lines shows on? anybody knows? thanks!

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    I just can't say enough how grateful I am that you have put all of your efforts and skills together for this tutorial. This tutorial qualifies on the same level that could be taught in college. I like your precise coverage for each subject. Your voice is very nice in the presentations. In each lesson I like the way you first explain what subject is going to be covered then move on to the subject using hands on with examples, then summaries again at the end about what was covered. Your even paced coverage is very easy to follow along with. I have always felt rushed or confused with other tutorials that are online because it seems as if the instructors are trying to teach in 60 seconds or less and are very hard to follow along with. For anyone that is trying to get the fundamentals down about Photoshop this is the place for you! You won't be disappointed.
    Thank you again,
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    i donot know when to exactly select the bird and when to select the area around it?

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    Thanks a lot! I'm really learning!

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    it just really helpful but sir the way you repeat over and over sayin now i can use the command by clicking …. or the shortcut D on the keyboard is really stressful ,thanx again lol

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    can u make a video tutorial for learning DaVinci Resolve 14 ….for video editing pourpose 😕

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    Thanks again Garreth.

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  • Reply Soccer Scene AVE August 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    im not able to open any docs in the p0roject folders….i dont know why

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    but just tryin to learn through the video

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  • Reply Vikram Singh Thakur November 29, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Well, I am photographer, like natural photography. But, few of my friends recommend me to learn photoshop, I find very hard on youtube learning Photoshop. they are to fast then wind.

    Well, I am glad to see your videos and the way you explain each and every single move of Photoshop in detail.
    thanks for your valuable time and patience.

    I really appreciate your hard work and soft skills.

    I have a question in regarding photoshop. when I am creating new document it doesn't show any option called A4 size and all, just like you demonstrated in this video were your copying Blue bird into the new document.

    I think due to my new versions there is some changes.

    could you guide me on this.

    Tons of Thanks.

  • Reply Vikram Singh Thakur November 29, 2018 at 10:53 am

    hey!! Ive found that A4 Sizein a Print option, Thanks.

  • Reply Simply Doing December 11, 2018 at 6:12 am

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    Can you give me link to dwnload adobe ps2014 cc and if License available ? or any thing like crack ?

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    Thank you so much for your tutorial. This is really helpful!

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