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Tip: Duplicate Images in Photoshop

Here’s a quick an easy tip that should improve your workflow in Photoshop when comparing several different versions of compositions or photographs. Rather than saving instances of several variations of a document, you can simply duplicate an image (layers, blending mode data and all) into a new document saved in memory.

Duplicate Images in Photoshop

Designers who want to compare different version of a graphic may find this especially useful, as they can easily work from the same exact data on multiple variations while deciding which version they like best, without the hassle of reverting to older versions and starting over.

For Example, here is a logo that I am working with right now:

Logo Example to Duplicate

I’d like to work with the existing layers I currently am using in this design, but at the same time not need to save a BRAND NEW document, or risk the current data by changing it and not being able to revert to the current version.

The solution of course is to Duplicate the Image. Go to Image > Duplicate.

After naming this memory stored version of the document, you’ll have a brand new document to work with that won’t affect any of your old data.

Duplicated Image

And that’s today’s Photoshop Tip!


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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (2 Points) February 3, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing136

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    Great reading! Thanks for sharing129

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    โค้ดเพลงhi5 (0 Points) February 1, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing124

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (2 Points) January 30, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for your post , Great post.

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    huwaw69 (1 Point) May 8, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Great tip specially if your just making a draft of something you wanna make with another image! good job man!

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    mopar lover (1 Point) February 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

    How do you make forum rank stars with a single image?

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    @Parker: I’ll admit that it looks similar to the Helio logo (though I can assure you at the time this was designed, there was no intention of that whatsoever), but drawing flames of this style is very generic.

    Sort of like saying that drawing a smiley face would be stealing part of Walmart’s identity, or drawing a target would be stealing from “Target”.

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    Parker (1 Point) August 16, 2008 at 9:11 am

    nice, but you stole the shape of the flames from this logo:
    Lots have people have been stealing the shape of it, im suprised at you though.

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    Where was this little tid-bit when I needed it?

    Thanks for the tip! Very handy.

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    Anivox (1 Point) June 7, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Very cool tip, (Nice fire)

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    i like the new website its awsome

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    This is something I learned years ago but it is VERY essential and a great tip when designing things and save LOADS of time.

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    thx for the tip! really handy.
    btw: logo looks awsome! how do people come up with such things?!

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    james peotto (1 Point) January 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    ya good tip i wasnt aware about, by the way… cool image. I wish i knew how to use the pen tool that well. I need to re-read your pen tool tutorial.

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    Wow, that is a great shortcut. Thanks for the tip!

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    iii James iii (1 Point) January 25, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Simple, yet handy.

    Could’ve used this a few times.

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