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I am using Photoshop CS3 and I have been given a quite big PSD with a lot of elements in it. I want to select one of these groups in the layer pane and copy it to a new document, and this document needs to be the exact size of the group.

I have tried duplicating the group into a new document, but this results in a document with the same size as the original one.

I tried following this link How do you create a new document from a layer group that's also the size of the group? But I just can't control-c the layers I have selected?

My group is composed of text layer and one square layer with some effects in it (its a button).

Many thanks, felipe

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Duplicate the group to a new document.

Then choose Image > Trim...

Tick the Transparent Pixels option and click OK.

The new document will be trimmed to remove all superflous areas.

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One other method I've used: Convert the group into a smart object. When you edit the smart object, it pops up in a new doc at the exact size of the group and you can save it out under a new file name. This is the fastest way I've found for pulling out bits and pieces of a PSD.

I'm sure you could script it or record an action if you have to do a lot of this.

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  1. Hide all layers that you do not want to copy (the "eye" icon on the layers pane)
  2. Ctrl A > Shift+Ctrl C > Ctrl N > Enter (or Apple/Command if Mac)
  3. Go back to original document right click your group on the layers pane and duplicate it to the already existing document
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For some reason I was getting an error when trying to Control C. And then I Shift+Control+C (copy merged) and it worked! Many thanks, Ryan –  Felipe Caldas Jul 18 '12 at 2:09
    
oh woops ya I should've said Shift+Ctrl+C because its on multiple layers. –  Ryan Jul 18 '12 at 2:47
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