How to Copy & Paste Multiple Layers in Photoshop

Written by tammy clevenger
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Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard software for professional desktop image production and editing. The Copy & Paste function in the Adobe Photoshop application is extremely powerful. The Copy function will copy all text, styles, fonts, colours and transparencies from the image onto the clipboard, and Paste will place all image properties into a new layer or image. The Copy & Paste function also operates for copying and pasting entire layers, as well as multiple layers at once.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the image to replicate in the Adobe Photoshop application.

  2. 2

    Click "Windows" from the top navigation bar, and then click "Layers" to show the Layers panel. All layers are listed for the image. Make sure no layers are hidden or those layers will not be available for copying.

  3. 3

    Press and hold the "CTRL" key and click on each layer to copy.

  4. 4

    Press the "CTRL" key and the "C" key simultaneously to copy all selected layers.

  5. 5

    Open a new image or open the existing image to where the layers will be pasted.

  6. 6

    Click inside the Layers panel of the new image and press the "CTRL" and "P" keys to paste the selected layers. Multiple layers are copied and pasted.

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