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How to create Duplicate Layer below the current layer in Photoshop?

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Jul 18, 2019

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Is there a way to duplicate a layer, but have it appear underneath the original? I know Command clicking does this for new layers, but doesn't seem to work when dragging a layer to the new layer icon to duplicate. Any ideas guys?

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You could also just hold the Option/Alt key down while dragging the layer in the layers panel down and that will put

the duplicate layer down below the original.

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How to create Duplicate Layer below the current layer in Photoshop?

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Is there a way to duplicate a layer, but have it appear underneath the original? I know Command clicking does this for new layers, but doesn't seem to work when dragging a layer to the new layer icon to duplicate. Any ideas guys?

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Correct answer by Jeff Arola | Adobe Community Professional

You could also just hold the Option/Alt key down while dragging the layer in the layers panel down and that will put

the duplicate layer down below the original.

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Hi there,

As of now there is no automate way of doing so, however you can record Action, then duplicate layer, and go to layers menu item, and click move down. Stop recording, and assign to shortcut key. please check this article to know more about actions.Actions and the Actions panel in Photoshop

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Sahil

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Bo+Peep  wrote

Is there a way to duplicate a layer, but have it appear underneath the original?

no

you can move the layer down as a step after it has been made but what is the point... by definition they are duplicates

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If it is something you do a lot, then make an Action:

Cmd J

Cmd [

Unless you use a small screen, and need to toggle the major panels on and off to make space, I suspect most Photoshop users miss out on some useful single key shortcuts.  With the exception of F1 (Help) all of the Function keys can be used as single key triggers for your Action.  The only one I tend to use is F5, so it makes sense to me to re-purpose those keys to more useful functions.

And don't forget that Keyboard Shortcuts, along with Custom Toolbars and Menus can be saved with new Workspaces, so you can 'borrow' their default functions, and switch back something like Essentials if you need the regular shortcuts.  I actually use F6 and F7 to select and reset my Triple Monitor, and the Essentials Workspaces respectively.  I think most of us drag panels around our screens for convenience — this is especially so for regular posters on this forum who move panels to get screen shots for forum answers — so it is sooooooo nice to clean things up with a single key press.

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You could also just hold the Option/Alt key down while dragging the layer in the layers panel down and that will put

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This is the answer.. thanks!

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