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Thursday, June 01, 2006

Photoshop "Paste in Place" Workaround

For the life of me I don't understand why Photoshop (as of CS2) has not encorporated the "paste in place" command that is available in Macromedia software programs like Fireworks and Flash. Maybe the next release of Photoshop will include this feature now that Macromedia has been acquired by Adobe. I also hope the next release of Photoshop will also institute Firework's "Fit to Canvas" command.

Here is a nice little workaround that I recently used on the iMac graphic I created for a recent TRF newsletter. First save your selection. Then duplicate the image and load your saved selection in the duplicated image. Switch to the move tool and SHIFT +drag the selection back into your original image. This will position the element in the same spot.

Many thanks to David Nagel's post for this helpful tip.



  • In CS3 there is a better workaround..

    Make a selection )with the marque etc) then right click inside your selction and select "layer via cut" from the menu.

    This creates a cut and paste of your selection on a new layer :o) Effectively a 'paste in place'.

    If you are copying from one document to another then just drag your selction into the grey area and this should also paste into place (doesnt always work :o( )

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    By Blogger mortgage, at 11:00 AM  

  • I was searching for this same option and as you probably know as of late, CS2 and above <--guessing; has "paste into" CTRL+SHIFT+V.

    Love it, helps a a lot!

    Also the mortgage site above looks great!

    Take care.

    By Blogger Brad, at 7:16 AM  

  • While dragging and dropping layers form another document in CS3, push and hold SHIFT before dropping the layer in the new document. "paste in place" complete!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:29 AM  

  • "layer via cut" that's it!
    Thank you very, very much!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:45 AM  

  • Event better:

    Just right click the source layer, choose Duplicate layer and select the target document.

    By Blogger roonda, at 9:21 PM  

  • oh THANK YOU!!! that last suggestion by roonda was exactly what i needed!

    By Anonymous morgan, at 9:10 PM  

  • ronda, you rock!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:10 PM  

  • Unfortunately, you can't use selections with roonda's suggestion just the entire layer, so it's not a real Paste in Place substitute.

    Huge thanks to mortgage though, that is a great tip!! just to add, you do have to have a marquee tool still selected..I switched to the Move tool and got a different contextual menu.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:42 AM  

  • This is perfect. Thanks a ton!!!!

    By Blogger Theo, at 10:49 AM  

  • HOld down SHIFT - genius!

    ta muchly


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:35 PM  

  • I've always done:

    ctrl + c


    ctrl + left click that layer


    ctrl + v

    New thing will appear where the selection is (which is where the old thing is).

    If you lose your selection:

    ctrl + shift + d will bring it back.

    Another thing I do is:

    ctrl + j to duplicate the layer

    By Anonymous Chris, at 5:29 AM  

  • How do you batch process this feature? I have a selection that I need to "paste in place" in over 70 images.

    When is Adobe going to make their tools more symbiotic? You'd think that since Illustrator and Flash have Paste in Place functionality that Photoshop would have an actual menu command that did this and not just some secret SHIFT+drag shortcut. I use the SHIFT+drag ALOT in my design work. It would be nice to just make a "Paste in Place" menu command that I could then turn around and make a keyboard shortcut for.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:02 AM  

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