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The most efficient way to copy and paste layers between multiple images is to use the drag-and-drop method. Why? Because it bypasses your Clipboard, which is the temporary storage area on your computer for copied data. Storing data, especially large files, can bog down your system. By keeping your Clipboard clear of data, your system operates more efficiently.

If you already copied data and it’s lounging on your Clipboard, choose Edit→Clear→Clipboard Contents to empty your Clipboard.

Here’s how to drag and drop layers from one file to another:

  1. Select your desired layer in the Layers panel.

  2. Grab the Move tool (the four-headed arrow) from the Tools panel.

  3. Drag and drop the layer onto your destination file.

    The dropped layer pops in as a new layer above the active layer in the image. You don’t need to have a selection border to copy the entire layer. But, if you want to copy just a portion of the layer, make your selection before you drag and drop with the Move tool.

    If you want the selected element to be centered on the destination file, press the Shift key while you drag and drop.

Here’s a handy tip. If you have several elements (that aren’t touching each other) on one layer and you want to select only one of the elements to drag and drop, use the Lasso tool to make a crude selection around the object without touching any of the other elements.

Then press the Ctrl (Command on the Macintosh) key and press the up-arrow key once. The element then becomes perfectly selected. You can now drag and drop with the Move tool.

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