I'm really new to photoshop, so please excuse any ignorance. I have watched numerous tutorials to try and figure this out.

I have a blueprint for a patio I am designing. I put the pavers on it and am now trying to select the shape of the patio so that the overlap of the square pavers are not seen.

I have tried using the lasso tool to do this. When I select the area, and try to copy to a new layer, nothing shows up. I tried combining the layers in a group too.

Does anyone know what I should do?

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I noticed in your layers panel that you have many layers... It is very likely you are just copying content from another layer.

When selecting/copying in Photoshop, it usually selects from the active layer.

You have to run Shift+Ctrl+C (or Edit → Copy Merged) to copy from all visible layers as though they were merged together.

Note, your layers do not have to be grouped - or selected, as copy merged will copy the content as though it has merged all visible layers.

  • Thanks! This worked great. Super easy. – Paul Apr 5 '20 at 22:37

I guess you want to keep the paving stones as separate objects, only cut the extras off at the edges.

Create a layer group which contains the stones (obviously it's done). Let that group have a layer mask. Draw with the Pen a closed curve (=work path), edit it to fit, make a selection from the work path and insert a layer mask to the group. The current selection is used automatically.

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I have given a red stroke to my work path to the bottom layer to make it better visible for you. The red colored path stroke hasn't any function in masking.

You can also insert the path as Vector Mask. Then the edge stays editable. Learn the details from Photohop User's Guide.

Keeping the stones in a group makes reordering and partial recoloring possible. It's easy to close the group when you trace the wanted edge curve from a scanned sketch.

BTW jobs like this would be a little easier in vector drawing programs.


If you just want to copy the selection, then do this: Click the layer, make the selection and press Ctrl + J (windows) or Cmd + J (Mac). The selection will be available now in a new layer above the selected one.

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