Fixed: Dragging layers between files is not working in Photoshop

Explorer ,
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Drag and drop of layers between files is not working.

I'm dragging a layer from an RGB file to a CMYK one and it's not working.

It used to be in past versions.

I'm on the latest version:

Adobe Photoshop Version: 21.2.1 20200716.r.265

Mac OS Catalina latest version: 10.15.6

 

Anyone knows how to fix?

 

{Moderator Note: Edited the thread title, PS-51596}

 

Thank you

Hi there,

 

We are happy to announce the release of Photoshop 21.2.2 that should resolve this issue.

 

This update includes fixes to some of the top customer reported issues among other bug fixes. See Bug fixes and security updates

 

To update Photoshop to 21.2.2, click "Update" in the Creative Cloud desktop app next to Photoshop. See: More detailed instructions for updating

 

Let us know how it goes.

 

Thanks,

Akash

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Jul 21, 2020 16
LEGEND ,
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I cannot reproduce the issue, please provide a more detailled description of what exactly you are doing – are you using tabbed view for example? 

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Neither can I

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Jul 21, 2020 2
Adobe Community Professional ,
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As other have mentioned, I too am unable to duplicate the issue. I suggest resetting your preferences, and if that doesn't work then I would uninstall and reinstall the application.

warmly/j

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I've posted a reply before, with screenshots, but it disapeared...

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Hi. Have you checked if the layer is locked?

 

Marlon Ceballos.

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Explorer ,
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Hello.

 

Yes, and it's unlocked.

 

In a previous post with screenshots, I've found out that:

 

If the files are consolidated in the tab, dragging doesn't work.

If the files are tiled side by side, it does work, just like JJMacks reply.

 

My post was erased or did not upload at all. I feel that the creative cloud is all over today, so I'll try again.

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Something that I had found out while trying to find a work around for this is if instead of dragging by the layer itself, you select the layer and than drag from your image instead, you're able to get that layer into another tab. Super strange that works but dragging from the layer doesn't. 

So if we wanted to bring layer 2 over to another doc, select that layer but mouse over the image and click and drag to the new tab. This was the only solution I've found aside from having them open side by side or copy pasting the layer.

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here are the screen shotsScreenshot 2020-07-21 at 15.08.18.JPGScreenshot 2020-07-21 at 15.09.24.JPG

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That does not seem to work in CC 2019 or CC 2018 either should it?

JJMack

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Hello JJMack.

I've been doing this for as long I can remember, because we do product renderings that need Post-production.

We have a PSD file with all the necessary basic effects done, and we drag the new render to it.

 

It's just weird it stopped working overnight. But as long I have a workaround (using the files side by side), I'll be fine.

 

Thank you.

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21.2.x Does not seem to Switch Document in consolidate tabs when you hover over a tab like prior PS. Is that  the problem you are seeing.

JJMack

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Yes exactly!

Since it doesn't switch documents, I can't drop anything between docs that way. 

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Others have reported that here.  Its beem reported to Adobe. Adobe has made no comment version-21-2-1-drag-duplicate-layer-to-another-document-doesnt-work-anymore Was report only 12 Hours ago 

JJMack

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There have been wonky issues with the last few updates to photoshop. Dragging layers within the layers tab will sometimes show a ghost image of the layer being dragged further away from the actual mouse cursor (sometimes like 5 inches away) and you can't tell where it is going to go exactly... BUT now after the 21.2.1 update today I can't drag a layer from the layers tab to another open file. If I grab a layer and then drag it on top of the other file's title as ususal it never acknowledges the mouse is over the file and does not switch to the other document as it should. There is definately something really buggy with the layers tab... I can still however click and drag a layer from the actual main file window to another file and it works but is a pain to get the right layer sometimes or to move multiple layers at once. I have reset my preferences and that did nothing, also legacy compositing is turned off (last update Adobe turned it on which made other layer ghosting issues)... Windows 10 (2004), Newest Nvida driver... I am sure others must have the same issue... 

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Yes, as a long time Photoshop user, I am in agreement with you about the last two updates not being up to par. I have had very good luck with CC updates for some time now . . . until lately.

 

And, as you predicted, others also have the same issue with dragging layers after today's update. I am no longer able to drag a layer from the layer's palette of one document to the tab of another open document. Previously, a brief hover would change focus between tabs, allowing you to drop the layer onto a second document. Now, no long how long I hover over the recipient file's tab, it never draws focus so I can drop the new layer on it.

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If legacy compositing is checked in your PS Preferences remove the check mark.

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Not checked, in my case, and still unable to drag layers normally.

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Yes hovering does not switch documents in 21.2.1.  I edit in floating windows. But I just tested 2019 and 21.2.1 in consolidated tabs, 2019 switch documents and 21.2.1 does not. Adobe broke Legacy Compositing in the 21.1 udate you get ghosting if you try using it.

JJMack

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Same problem here, updated yesterday. Job I was working on came back with revisions. It did do that ghosted drag behind the mouse as you explained 1x then I couldn't get it to do anything. Had to go back to 19 to get this function to work. Mac Catalina 10.15.6

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Same happening here... Now I know it's not only with me.

C'mon Adobe, back it to normal.

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If you are editing in consolidated tabs there is a issue. 21.2.1 is not switching between documents when you hover over a tab so you can not drop the layer on the other document. Drag and drop works you just can not use it in consolidated tab mode with that issue.

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I did find a temporary workaround on accident... If you hold down both the left and right mouse buttons and drag from the layers tab then it works as expected but that is too much work... lol... If you are one of those Mac one mouse button'ers you may be SOL. 8)

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Nice find...I am on a Mac but I use a two button Logitech mouse so I'll be using this solution until Adobe gets this fixed.

 

Thank you!

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Droping layers on documents is not a problem if you edit in floating or tiled windows.  21,2,1 is not switching document in consolidated tab mode. The dociment is the window is not being switched when you hover on a tab so you can not drop the layers  on the document you want to drop the layers on. The document with the layer remains as the active document being displayed.

JJMack

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This worked for me in Windows! Thanks

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So strange this worked for me as well! My solution was instead of dragging from the layers, you select the layer and drag from your image instead. Both ways a slight extra step but simple enough work arounds 🙂

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On a Mac, dragging and dropping layers from the panel between consolidated tabs doesn't work. Dragging and dropping the items from the artboard between to a new document tab still works, as a temporary workaround until they fix this.

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Same issue for me, I hope they get it fixed quickly. The copy and paste option might be helpful for people that don't have several windows open, but for me, it's a nightmare.

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There should not be a drag and drop problem when you use  multiple windows the problem use when you use tabs and the image view is consolidated into a single window.  21.2.1 is not switching document being displayed when you hover over a tab which make it impossible for you to drop layers on an other document. 

JJMack

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Yes, I understand all about how drag and drop is not working in consolidated tabs, I'm using the copy/paste patch now, but it's taking a lot of extra time that I don't like wasting. I use 6-8 windows in consolidated tab format at a time, sometimes more depending on the project. I need Photoshop to fix drag and drop issue, we have been able to drag and drop since photoshop 8 I believe. 

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The problem has been reported to Adobe user here can not fix Adobe code the Ball is in Adobe's hands now it up to then to fix or not fix this. I believe they will fix it within a few months.

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"I hope they get it fixed quickly"

 

The more folk that add to the linked bug report the more it raises the profile.

 

Dave

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I just chatted with an Adobe support tech (07/24/20).  She told me they are aware of this issue and it will be fixed in the next update.  Unfortunately, she could not give me an ETA on that update.

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Hi all,

 

We're sorry for the dragging layer issue on another document. We're are aware of this issue and our engineering team working on the fix. In the meanwhile, you can right-click on the layer > Select Duplicate and choose the destination as a workaround.

 

Thanks,

Mohit

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Same things are happening with my photoshop and I could solve this using reinstall the software on my system and run to open file.

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I heve faced same proble with my Photoshop. I can't do any Image Editing

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The "workaround" offered by Hohit works. In fact I like it better than dragging and dropping. Less chance of error. 

"right-click on the layer > Select Duplicate and choose the destination as a workaround."

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