can't copy/paste from indesign into photoshop 2020

Community Beginner ,
Nov 22, 2019 Nov 22, 2019

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Since updating indesign and photoshop apps to 2020,  I can't copy/paste elements from indesign into photoshop using quick keys. When I copy/paste using drop down menus, I get an error message in photoshop that states, "Could not complete paste command because clipboard data is empty or invalid."

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 26, 2019 Nov 26, 2019

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Hi design247,

what's your operating system version?

What exactly did you try to copy/paste?

 

Just tested this with InDesign 2020 version 15.0.0.155 and PhotoShop 2020 version 21.0.1 on Windows 10:

 

Did an arbitrary shape in InDesign 260 x 184 Pt in size, filled with 100 Magenta and a stroke attached with Black in 10 Points.

 

1. I selected and copied the object to the clipboard with Ctrl + C.

2. Did a new PhotoShop file with PhotoShop 2020.

PhotoShop suggested a canvas size of 260 x 184 Pt, just the same size as the object in the clipboard.

3. I pasted the clipboard's contents with Ctrl + V

Result was a Vector Smart Object in a new PhotoShop layer.

 

No issue so far…

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Explorer ,
Dec 12, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

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Hi Laubender, i've got the nearly same problems. my cloud run on mac, version mojave 10.14.6

i can't copy and paste an element from indesign to illustrator or photoshop. no error appears, just nothing happens.

Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V does not work. Any ideas????

 

Chris (Germany)

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2020 Jan 29, 2020

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I have the same problem. Is the something to do about it?

 

Annette (Norway)

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 12, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

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Hi Chris,

is there something special with your object you like to copy/paste?

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Dec 12, 2019 Dec 12, 2019

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no just an image with some text within. but it does not work with any elements, text, image, objects eg

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2020 Jan 29, 2020

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Hi all, I am also having this issue. I'm on Catalina, and InDesign version 15.0.1. No matter what I try to copy and paste, whether I use the drop down menu or the short cut keyboard commands, I get no response at all - no errors, just nothing. I have tried un-installing, re-installing both the OSX and my Adobe programs but still the same issue. Did anyone find a solution? Thank you!

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 29, 2020 Jan 29, 2020

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I received an error message. But when the spinning wheel stopped, I cntl v right after, them elements pasted in fine. Ithink there is something wonky with one of the files I pasted in. But everything worked ok after that. 

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New Here ,
Mar 18, 2021 Mar 18, 2021

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hi I had this happen today, first time. 

I was trying to copy paste (from Indesign to Photoshop) clumps of objects which lived on 2 or more layers. It wasn't working, only say one of the objects would past into Pshop.

So i tried instead pasting the clump of Indesign objects onto a new Indesign doc. Then copying that, then pasting that into Pshop. And, bam, it worked! 

I wondered if it was a function of copying from a single layer (the new doc) vs copying from multiple layers (the original doc). 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 18, 2021 Mar 18, 2021

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Change your copy and paste prefs in indesign. That fixed it for me

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Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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I've just experienced this issue as well, but I don't see where copy/paste prefs are located.

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Apr 15, 2021 Apr 15, 2021

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Within the Preferences is a section called Clipboard Handling.

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