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How do you please get each one of these trees on to their own individual layers in Photoshop? They started off this way. Right now using CS4. Long story please don't ask. : )


Try to marquee around each tree with the selection tool "M", and press Ctrl+J to copy your selected area to a new layer. You can do this to all 3 trees and remove the original bottom layer.

  • I believe you can also right-click the selection and make a new layer from the selection. – Hanna Feb 15 '17 at 23:25
  • I did a marquee around one of my trees like you said and pressed Ctrl+ but it didn't work. I am on a Mac, does that change anything please? Also, please a completely unrelated question, but how do you check on your artboard size in Photoshop? – Elizabeth Hart Feb 15 '17 at 23:43
  • So now I get the first above screen shot. With the message "could not move the selection because the selected area is empty." I can now move the middle tree around but I still can't get it into it's own layer. It is independent from the other 2 trees. But where do I go from here please? – Elizabeth Hart Feb 16 '17 at 0:25
  • I have no idea how I got the marching ants around the middle tree, it was by a complete fluke. Now I am trying to do the same for the other 2. – Elizabeth Hart Feb 16 '17 at 0:55
  • Errm, I'm not sure about the artboard size, except for Image > Canvas size. But make sure to be on your original layer each time you do the Ctrl J to make a copy of the selection on a new layer. – Silly-V Feb 16 '17 at 1:07

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