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How to move a selection to another image file?

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I've made and saved an intricate selection of an object. I then copied the entire first image (not just the selected object) into another image.  Now I need to copy the selection (the selection itself, not the seleted object) into the second image.  I haven't been able to figure out how to do that. 

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How to move a selection to another image file?

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I've made and saved an intricate selection of an object. I then copied the entire first image (not just the selected object) into another image.  Now I need to copy the selection (the selection itself, not the seleted object) into the second image.  I haven't been able to figure out how to do that. 

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I think there is a way to do that, but I can't think of ot at the moment. I would either make a channel of the selection and copy that to the new file.

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Thanks for your reply. 

I saved the selection but have been unable to copy the channel to the second file.

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I do not know why you can not copy the saved alpha channel to your other document. You should be able to. Like drag the alpha channel from the first document channel palette and drop it onto the second open document in photoshop.   Or right click on the Alpha channel in the channels palette click on duplicate channel then use the document pull down menu in the duplicate channel dialog and select the second document. Have you tried resetting all tools and you Photoshop preferences the see if that solver your problem.  Doe you can any error message when you try to copy the selection to the other document?

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If you have one of the Selecion tool active (Marquee, Lasso, etc.), you can drag and shift+drop from one to the other.

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Depending on how different the images are, you might be able to go to Select>Load Selection, provided you save the selection to a new channel in the original document. A layer mask also works.

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Thanks for your replies.  I gave up and did it all over a different and more time consuming way. 

 

FYI.  When I tried to drag the alpha channel to the second image nothing happened.  I did it the way I've done layers many times but no luck. I couldn't remember doing it with an alpha channel so I decided it didn't work with them.  I don't know what the problem was.  Photoshop has gremlins.  Now that I know it should work I should have gotten out of the first image and reloaded it. 

 

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"I couldn't remember doing it with an alpha channel so I decided it didn't work with them.  I don't know what the problem was. "

 

Just for practice, try it again. Make a section and then save the selection to make an alpha channel. Tile the windows of the two documents (easier then dragging to the other tab, then down into the window). Start to drag the alpha channel to the other file and hold down the Shift key if you want it to be centered. If it doesn't work, tell us how at what point it is failing. 

 

If it still doesn't work, give us the exact versions of your OS and PS so we can test for a bug. I use this a lot and it does work.

 

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To copy an alpha channel, you can also use "Apply Image," but there are many ways to get the selection over to another file. I'm surprised that none of the suggested methods are working for you, the easiest being using one of the selection tools, and just dragging the se8over to the other file.

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