I was wondering how I copy selected paths of a shape in PS CS6.

  • I start selecting the paths I want to copy by clicking on them and holding SHIFT.
  • I then press ALT SHIFT which only copies one of the selected paths.

How can I copy all of the selected paths, not just one?

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Select the paths as you normally would using Shift and click with the black arrow path tool, then Ctrl C to copy and Ctrl V to paste. There's no need to use any other modifier keys.

If you want to copy multiple paths within the shape layer by Alt-dragging, press Alt, start to drag, then add Shift to constrain the movement.

  • Wonderfully easy. I didn't realise that I was trying to do this with the white arrow path tool... thanks so much! Nearly went crazy.
    – n.evermind
    Sep 6, 2012 at 20:26

I find it's much easier to duplicate the path in the Paths Panel, then delete the parts I do not want in the duplicate.

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