I don't understand why I cannot cut image in Photoshop. The cut command is disabled. I'm sure that I have selected the image. I can copy and paste, but just not cut.

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    Is it your locked background layer? – Scott Nov 25 '19 at 22:41
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    @Scott No, the image is on a separate layer. – Rui Liu Nov 25 '19 at 22:50
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    Is it a Smart Object? – Wolff Nov 25 '19 at 23:36
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    General advice for asking troubleshooting questions about Photoshop: always include a screenshot of the relevant part of your layers palette. Without it, answerers are reduced to shooting in the dark like what happened here. Thanks! – Vincent Nov 26 '19 at 8:59
  • @Vincent Thank you for your suggestion. I will next time! – Rui Liu Nov 26 '19 at 18:30

To be able to cut you need to make sure:

  1. layer is not locked
  2. layer is not smart object. generally, needs to be a raster layer (no vector shapes)
  3. you need to have something selected (i don't see anything selected in your image)
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  • Thanks for your answer. Yes. the image is a smart object and it cannot be cut. Once I rasterized it, I can then make a selection and cut it. It also seems that I cannot cut the whole layer (unlike that I can copy the whole layer). – Rui Liu Nov 26 '19 at 18:33

you can not cut from a Smart Object layer, you can copy, just can not cut. Have to rasterize it to cut. Similar problem: If you can not cut AS WELL AS copy a selection, you must be working on a shape, and still, you got to rasterize it.

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  • Yes that's the problem. Thanks for your answer! – Rui Liu Nov 26 '19 at 18:34

It might be that your layer is a smart object try to right-click on your layer and click rasterize layer after then you could cut the photo. be careful to duplicate your smart object layer because once you rasterize it it won't be a smart object again so be aware to have a copy of the original once.

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