How do I grab a jpeg from a layer and open it in its own PSD document, so that I can crop and save how I want? In the attached image, I would like to have the jpeg in the highlighted layer (without the clipping mask) in its own document so that I can edit it as need be.enter image description here

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If you want to keep the layer linked to your current document:

Use Smart Objects. Right click your layer and click Convert to Smart Object. Double clicking the Smart Object layer will open the image in a new tab for you to edit and automatically update the layer in the original file.

If you actually want to save it to a new document separate from the original:

With your layer selected, right click the layer or click the dropdown of the layers panel and select Duplicate Layer...

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In the Duplicate Layer dialog select New under 'Document':

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  • Beat me to it by a second
    – PieBie
    May 12, 2016 at 20:21
  • I know, I spotted your comments just as I was posting! :p
    – Cai
    May 12, 2016 at 20:23
  • No prob, it happens
    – PieBie
    May 12, 2016 at 20:25
  • I almost didn't post but I'd spent all that time putting those lovely circles on my screenshots already!
    – Cai
    May 12, 2016 at 20:28
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    -1: those circles are not hand drawn in MS Paint
    – Yorik
    May 12, 2016 at 20:55
  1. Method 1: Smart object

Right-click the layer and choose 'Convert to smart object'. Now double click the layer and it will open in a new doc. Any edits you make and save will be visible in your original doc.

  1. Method 2: Duplicate

Right-click the layer and choose 'Duplicate...'. In the dialogue box that appears choose 'New document'. Voila.

PS: doing this from memory but I think it's right.

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