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Using Shift-Move to Copy Layer From One Image to Another Not Centering

New Here ,
Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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I've been using the shift-Move technique to combine images into separate layers for a couple of years.  As of this week, the resulting images are not being automatically centered.

 

Namely, I'm following the procedure outlined in Copy and arrange layers :

 

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I.e., using the Move tool with the shift key held down.  In the past, the images in the layers (same dimensions) would be automatically centered.  Now, the dragged layer appears with a random shift relative to the ones in the receiving file.  I thought that the File / Place Embedded command would be a viable alternative, but it appears to suffer from the same problem.  Do I have a setting somewhere that is messed up or is this a bug?

 

Details: Mac OS 12.6, Photoshop 23.5.2.  Note that I had also installed PS 24.0, but reverted to 23.5.2 when I saw this behavior.  Alas, it is occurring in 23.5.2 as well, although I used this technique without problems within the last couple of weeks.

 

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New Here , Nov 03, 2022 Nov 03, 2022

I think I've resolved this problem, or at least can no longer reproduce it reliably.  I was about to try a different mouse & keyboard combination when I noticed this.  One of the confounding factors is that the two images I was testing with DO have a slight shift (perhaps from adding a filter to the camera); I thought I had verified previously that these images were well aligned.

 

Thanks to anyone who looked into this problem!

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Nov 02, 2022 Nov 02, 2022

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Works correctly here (24.0).

 

Have you confirmed elsewhere that the shift key isn't stuck?

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I think I've resolved this problem, or at least can no longer reproduce it reliably.  I was about to try a different mouse & keyboard combination when I noticed this.  One of the confounding factors is that the two images I was testing with DO have a slight shift (perhaps from adding a filter to the camera); I thought I had verified previously that these images were well aligned.

 

Thanks to anyone who looked into this problem!

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It is easy enough to create an action to auto-centre the target layer to a select all selection if there is any doubt.

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