I have an icon with the dimensions 24px × 23px. The canvas is 24px × 24px: There is 1 transparent pixel at the top of the icon.

After I use the rectangular marquee tool to copy and paste the icon to another psd document I get the icon as 24px × 23px. But i need it to be 24px × 24px.

How do I copy the dimensions with the transparent pixel to a new document?

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You can't copy/paste transparencies. There has to be some content. I don't see why you can't just position the element where you want in the new icon, but an alternative and not too clean way to have a 24x24px pasted icon would be to add a single pixel with 1% transparency to the area that you want empty.

  • Thanks. The reason why i don't wanna position the element in the new icon is because i am builing image sprites and doing so is time consuming. Jan 20, 2013 at 22:03
  • Ah, that makes sense!
    – Yisela
    Jan 20, 2013 at 22:07
  • @RayZ I don't knnow what you are doing exactly, but Smart object keeps transparencies. One pretty easy way to bring images into PS document as Smart objects, would be to select bunch of images in a folder and drag them into an open document in photoshop. Aside from that, you might want to consider using something like this: spritegen.website-performance.org
    – Joonas
    Jan 20, 2013 at 22:56

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