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I drew two separate objects in Photoshop that are meant to be on different layers, but I drew them on the same layer. They do not overlap right now, but I can't seem to figure out how to separate them. How can I do that?


edit I've added an image to show what I mean. I have two grids I've constructed and both are on the same layer. I meant for them to be on separate layers.

The image is here:

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Could you show/link an image so we can get an impression of the 'situation'? – K3N Oct 31 '12 at 4:10
@AbdiasSoftware Linked, thanks – deodorant Oct 31 '12 at 4:42
I updated the post for you to make it inline. – K3N Oct 31 '12 at 4:44
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Ok, what you can do here is:

  • First duplicate the layer, mark layer and hit ctrl + j
  • Then use the mark tool (m) and mark the object you don't want on your first layer and hit ctrl + x
  • Go to your second layer and repeat, just with the other object.

Now you should have two layers with a single object on them both.

Hope this helps.

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Awesome, thanks for your help as I learn this :) – deodorant Oct 31 '12 at 5:08
I feel like this answer is actually the better one:… It's perfect if you're trying to separate something into multiple layers (for me, it was chopping up a sprite sheet) – Collin Klopfenstein Jul 5 at 17:30

There's an even faster method,

  • Select what you want on a separate layer with your favorite marquee or lasso tool
  • Right-click it and select "Layer Via Cut"
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This is actually the better answer. – Collin Klopfenstein Jul 5 at 17:29

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