I want to select multiple layers within a marquee selection.

For example, I want to select, copy and paste the tan background and black squiggle which are on two separate layers:

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  • Reason for downvote? I was very clear and concise with my question
    – user3871
    Jul 13, 2015 at 1:35
  • You were most likely downvoted because you didn't say what you attempted, combined with how rudimentary this is. I'm not the one who downvoted you but that would be my best guess.
    – Ryan
    Jul 13, 2015 at 14:17

2 Answers 2


Edit > Copy Merged (Ctrl / Cmd+Shift+C) -- This will copy what you see. It will not retain layer structure.


Using Move(v) tool in Photoshop you can select multiple layers. Hold Ctrl+ drag move tool to select multiple layers in PS.

I hope this is helpful.

  • This would move the whole layer, though. Not just the selection.
    – Yisela
    Jan 13, 2016 at 10:35
  • Zoom-out with Ctrl - , so that you could see whole document fit to canvas. from outside canvas, using move tool drag over the elements to select. corresponding layers will get selected.
    – Vinay
    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:50
  • Thx! What I was looking for was to select layers by clicking on them in the image. Worked perfectly with holding <kbd>CTRL</kbd><kbd>SHIFT</kbd> while clicking
    – lucidbrot
    May 16, 2017 at 6:55

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