How to open a selected area to a new document?

Community Beginner ,
Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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Hello, I can't find any info how to open my selection to a new document in Photoshop.

I selected an area in my photo with a rectangle marquee, and I want to open it as a new document (background) in the Photoshop. What keyboard shortcut should I use?

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Community Expert , Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

Is the selection on one layer? if so, you just copy: ctrl/cmd-C, create a new doc: ctrl/cmd-N (Which should default to the size of your selection), then paste into the new doc: ctrl/cmd-V.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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Is the selection on one layer? if so, you just copy: ctrl/cmd-C, create a new doc: ctrl/cmd-N (Which should default to the size of your selection), then paste into the new doc: ctrl/cmd-V.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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It works, but I have two items the layer panel now: my selection and a white background.  I was looking how to get my selection as a background in the new tab. It would be just one layer -background.

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Participant ,
Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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Hi, why is my new document not opening the same size as the copied selection?

Not sure why I'm getting this when I paste my selection into the new document, instead of a document of the same size as the background. Thanks. 

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Participant ,
Jul 12, 2022 Jul 12, 2022

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to add to the above, it seems that the clipboard size is not changing (not adapting to the size of my selection) but it got stuck in this size, which is not the one I need. Thanks

 

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New Here ,
Jul 21, 2022 Jul 21, 2022

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Photoshop Preferences -> General check on "Use legacy new document interface"

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Thanks for this tip...I was used to the old PS setup. 

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Community Expert ,
Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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I would just step through it and record an action. You can assign a key to that action if you wish

Note you may need two versions - if your document you are copying from is single layer then "Copy Merged" should just be "Copy"

This action above does the following :

Copy Merged  makes a pixel copy based on the layers in your document

Creates a new document from the clipboard

Pastes in your layer

Deletes the new background layer

Makes your layer a background layer

Dave

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Aug 18, 2022 Aug 18, 2022

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Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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Yes, you can either delete the background layer or flatter it.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 06, 2016 Dec 06, 2016

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All right, I get it

Ctrl-C

Ctrl-N

Enter

Ctrl-V

Ctrl-E

Thank you very much!

When I get to actions, it will try davescm's method.

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Glad your sorted.

Never be afraid to try actions.

It is just like a tape recorder. Create a new action and name it (you can also assign a function key to it) : Press the record button, step through those a key presses , then hit stop.

Then you can play the action at any time with one click (or by using the Fn key)

Shout out if you get stuck when you try it.

Dave

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Well, I know that, but I want to memorize all single steps first. If I use actions (it's very tempting), I will forget the shortcuts. However if you know where I can acquire frosted outline action let me know.

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Community Expert ,
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I have two workflows.

Select the layers, right click and choose Duplicate layers

From the dialog window chose New

The other way is to make the layers a Smart Object, and double click to open in a new window.  Then Save As the .psb file with a new file name.

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