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: https://i.sstatic.net/Q0j3e.png

  • What if they are overlapping? Do I just give up and restart?
    – user146405
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 0:44
  • @user146405 I've converted your answer to a comment, once you have more points you'll be able to comment everywhere. If you drew two overlapping objects on the same layer, you'll have to redo. However, we may be able to come up with more efficient ways depending on your image. Feel free to ask a new question!
    – curious
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 1:44

2 Answers 2


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"

What you can do here is:

  • First duplicate the layer by pressing 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.


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