M: Dragging layers between files is not working in Photoshop

Explorer ,
Jul 21, 2020

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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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Explorer ,
Jul 22, 2020

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I am having the exact same issue.  If the two files are in the same window, I cannot drag one layer to another document.  I have been doing this for years so this is absolutely something that has arisen in yesterday's 21.2.1 release for me.

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New Here ,
Jul 25, 2020

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It's not working for me either.  If I undock the document I want to drag into it works, but not the way it has worked forever ... until now ... 

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New Here ,
Jul 22, 2020

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Dragging Layers to others tabs documents fail in Photoshop version 21.2.1 I had to roll back .

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 22, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Sorry that hear that you cannot drag layers between two documents in Photoshop 21.2.1

 

  • Does the problem occurs with all the documents you work with?
  • If you're using RGB in one document and CMYK in another, some adjustment layers won't transfer over.

 

Would you mind sharing a screenshot or a short video illustrating the problem so that we may try reproducing it at our end?

 

Thanks,

Akash

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 22, 2020

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Been reported here several times and its also been reported to Adobe. Its is a new problem.

JJMack

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 28, 2020

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Hi there,

 

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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Community Beginner ,
Jul 24, 2020

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I'm having the exact same issue. It seems to be a glitch in the new version of Photoshop 21.2.1 that was recently released. It worked flawlessly until the new update. Photoshop 2020 has been one of the buggiest releases in a long time. The update fixed several other issues while creating a host of new ones.The only workaround I can find is to separate the documents from the tab bar into side by side tiles, then the drag and drop feature works, just not when they're connected to the same tab bar. Very annoying as dragging and dropping layers is a large part of my workflow.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 24, 2020

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Its not only on mac its an issue in the 21.2.1 update its been reported in this user forum several times and also reported to Adobe on their feedback site.  I expect the Adobe will fix this issue some time in the future perhaps the next update.

JJMack

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New Here ,
Jul 24, 2020

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I am having a similar issue, but not exactly the same. I am trying to drag a group from one file into another (with a 2-up window arrangement, so I can see both documents simultaneously). The group appears in the layers panel inside the file I want it to, but it does not show up in the artboard itself (can't see it, and layer options like blending mode, opacity and fill are all disabled/unavailable). When I try to transform the group, the bounding box is visible but again, the group and everything within it are completely invisible. True for dragging individuals layers as well. Screen recording of this issue here: https://www.loom.com/share/f00767eacd1145f0aa864c5c181fdcd2

On top of that, tried a workaround of File > Place Linked... and another similar but not exact replication of the issue. The file appears as a linked layer in the layers panel, but is invisible on the artboard/canvas itself. Technically, it creates a blank white object, so in this case, is visible, but again, not dislaying the artwork, just blank white.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 24, 2020

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Screen Shot.jpgYou have the images tiled, but not separated. Pull one of the images off
the tab bar and then it should work. See below. I have my "Autums Leaves"
fle pulled away from the main tab bar.

I hope this helps!
[image: Screen Shot 2020-07-24 at 2.23.55 PM.png]

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Explorer ,
Jul 26, 2020

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That is even worse. I hope the developers adress this very soon.

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Explorer ,
Jul 24, 2020

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I didnt see if this was mentioned, but a User named Mark Lee on the photoshop family site accidentally discovered a workaround and I can cofirm it worked for me on dragging layers from one document to the other.  For some reason if you right and left click and drag the layer (or I assume group) to the other tab, it will switch to the new document to drop.

 

I would absolutely consider this a temporary workaround and hope Adobe doesnt consider this fixed.  

 

Of course I am on a PC with a two button mouse, so...

 

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New Here ,
Jul 26, 2020

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I got the same issue and just deinstalled the newest version and installed the former 21.2.0 and it worked again, immediately.

 

What were the new features, again? I hadn't missed anything, except that Photoshop should run stable and not steal my time.

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