The flexibility to duplicate objects, layers, and even whole images in Adobe Photoshop CC opens the world for endless possibilities in creative editing. This type of image manipulation is one of the reasons why Photoshop is a tremendously popular tool. Let us explore how to duplicate in Photoshop using various methods so you can improve your workflow.
While editing, we often come up with ideas for which we need to make duplicates of an object, layer, or image. For instance, to enhance the look of our real estate images, we may need to add some appealing things to them. Or, we might want duplicates of an image so that we can work on it in different ways and produce unique versions of each view.
Duplication saves your time by limiting the need to add the same effect (as in layers) again and again. All you need to do is make a duplicate and use it on the same image or another one for super quick editing.
As Photoshop’s claim to fame is its array of features, there are multiple methods to duplicate in the program. We will guide you on how to copy objects, layers, and images using numerous techniques so that you can pick any of them for your next editing session.
Making a duplicate of an object in Photoshop is as simple as making a selection around it, copy it using any of the methods explained below, and pasting it on another section of the image. You can then adjust the final result by using erase tool.
Although used for a variety of purposes, the Clone Stamp Tool is a convenient tool to duplicate objects. The tool can be found in the toolbar on the left side of the Photoshop interface. It eliminates the need for precise selection, which may be more time-consuming.
Besides the Clone Tool, you can also use the Patch tool for making a replica of an object. The patch tool is accessible from the toolbar and is best used for duplicating large, uniform areas.
You can make as many duplicates of a layer as you want in Photoshop. Duplicating layers allow you to copy the elements on them, which you can use on the current image as well as other images. For many photographers, duplicating the background layer is the first step in their Photoshop workflow as it saves your original image from being ruined.
The easiest way to duplicate a layer is the keyboard shortcut CTRL / CMD + J, as mentioned in the methods above. You can also select a layer in the layers panel and drag it to the “Create a New Layer” icon at the bottom of the Layer panel. It will make a copy of the layer and create a new one in the Layers panel.
Duplicating the layer from the Layer menu on top has an added benefit. When you select your layer and go to Layers > Duplicate Layer, it opens a dialog box that allows you to create a duplicate layer in another document. This saves you the hassle of dragging and dropping the layer into the document area of another image.
The new copied layer will be automatically added to the Layer panel of the other image.
You can also make a replica of the layer by selecting it in the Layers Panel, right-clicking on it, and choose the Duplicate Layer option.
There are two simple ways to duplicate an image in Photoshop.
Remember to save this replicated image as a file before closing Photoshop. Unless you save it, it won’t be available as a separate file.
While designing graphics or enhancing images, the need to make a duplicate of a selection or a layer often comes up. Using the techniques defined above, you can easily duplicate anything in Photoshop. These features add a lot of efficacy and speed to your editing workflow, giving you more time to take more photos.