Let's say I have a picture: black lines on a white background. I can select all the white parts with color selection. What I need is to have every continous selection moved to a separate layer. Can I do this automatically is Photoshop? In this example above, I want to have 7 different layers with the seven "tile" without having to select all of them one by one and create a new layer from it.

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  • I would've probably drawn these shapes with pentool.
    – Joonas
    Nov 17, 2015 at 23:57
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    I think you'll have to do it one by one.
    – Hanna
    Nov 18, 2015 at 0:56

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I realise this question is ancient, but this might be useful nevertheless if someone comes here to look for a solution. This isn't "automatic" - but not exactly complicated. A few mouse clicks and you'll have the job done.

  1. Use the Magic Wand Tool, set to "Contiguous" in the tool options.

  2. Make a selection, then copy and paste. The result is a new layer.

  3. Select the original layer again.

  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until complete.



  • Ctrl+J is one less operation than Ctrl+C and then Ctrl+V...
    – BANG
    Jul 11, 2017 at 2:29

select each part of white tiles with magic tool or quick section tool then ctrl + j


On the particular artwork shown, select the black lines with the Magic Wand tool, then invert the selection. The inverted selection will be each of the 7 white areas. You can create a new layer and use the selection as you wish.

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