Photoshop Tricks: Speedy Layer Copies
Moving and repositioning layers in your images is an essential part of working in Photoshop – and it doesn’t necessarily have to be a complicated process.
Here’s one of my favourite keyboard shortcuts: Hold Alt while dragging a layer with the Move tool to make a quick copy.
This is great if you want to make a quick recurring pattern. Make sure ‘Auto-Select Layer’ is checked in the Move tool options then simply Alt-drag a cut-out a few times to make a line.
Release Alt and use the Move tool to drag a box over the entire line, selecting every layer. Then Alt-drag the line up or down to quickly copy the layers and build up the pattern.
I’m sure someone reading this will be saying ‘Duh! Why not just define a pattern’. And yes, you can get similar results by making a pattern. But doing it manually gives you more control over the position of each element, so you can overlap layers, offset lines and fine-tune each element as much as you like!
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