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I have a layer in Photoshop which contains some foreground graphics:

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I want to copy this layer to another document (which contains the background: exactly same size, solid color):

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How can I paste the foreground onto background to preserve its position?

Now, if I copy paste, my anchoring is rebased to the foreground color:

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    I think you mean "preserving the positioning". Anchors are something else entirely. Use Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place - or use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 28 at 13:29
  • Please consider posting this as answer, I'd be happy to accept it (Although it is a very easy problem, I couldn't find the answer in Google)
    – Daniel
    Mar 28 at 14:48
  • OK. I've posted it as an answer now.
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 28 at 15:40

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I think you mean "preserving the positioning". Anchors are something else entirely. Use Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place - or use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+V

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  • One slight addition: pasting works, but can we somehow keep the positioning afterwards too?
    – Daniel
    Mar 28 at 18:20
  • @Daniel - What do you mean by "keep the position afterwards"? After what?
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 28 at 18:23
  • After paste its position is only OK, if I paste it into the very same sized layer. If however I copy the background and paste it into a new bigger layer, then I cop the foreground and Paste in Place onto the new layer, how can I achieve to snap together the bg and fg on the new layer?
    – Daniel
    Mar 28 at 18:56
  • Perhaps you could select both layers (background and foreground) and click and drag them into your new composition. Then group the layers, then reposition as required. There's no way for the software to guess where you want to paste your content if the canvas is bigger. Computers can't read minds. They're just dumb machines. You need to tell them what to do. see example
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 28 at 19:17
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    @Daniel Select them both in the layers panel, and click and drag the layers into the other document. You can't preserve their position in the larger document, but it will preserve their position relative to each other. If positioning is a problem, make measurements, use guides etc.
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 29 at 8:28

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