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Before the advent of rounded corners tools in Photoshop, I distinctly remember using a key combo to be able to duplicate the selection, not the pixels in the layer, and drag it to another portion of the art board. Much like using the Move tool when something is selected and using the (PC) Alt key.

Is this still possible? Been trying various key combos but cant seem to get it.

  • Do you mean "create a new, separate selection without eliminating the first selection, and then manipulating the second selection independent of the first selection?" – Yorik Jul 18 '17 at 14:01
  • No, I mean drag and drop a selection from one currently made. Say, for instance, I have a circle selection. Drag from the circle selection to create an additional selection of the exact same proportions that can be dropped elsewhere on the artwork creating two selections. – kylebellamy Jul 18 '17 at 14:20
  • That may be what you were saying except for the manipulation part. – kylebellamy Jul 18 '17 at 14:20
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    Holding alt and dragging the selection still moves a copy in photoshop. It just moves a copy of the content, not the selection area. Maybe write down the size of the marquee shape you want to use so you can create it again at the exact same size? – Ashlee Palka Jul 18 '17 at 14:36
  • Thanks, I thought it used to be possible but ah well. – kylebellamy Jul 18 '17 at 14:37
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I don't recall Photoshop being able to do this. If it did, it was many versions ago, possibly before CS. (Mind you, I started on version 4.)

What you can try is to toggle Quick Mask mode, make a copy of the masked area, and toggle out. You should now have two equally-sized selections.

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I don't believe there exists a modifier combo to duplicate a selection.

You can move or transform a selection, without altering the pixels, by using Select > Transform Selection in the menu. But that still will not allow you to duplicate the selection.

If you want to duplicate a selection, the easiest method I know if is to use the Channels Panel

  • Create your first selection
  • Click the "new" icon at the bottom of the Channels Panel
  • Fill the selection (on the alpha channel) with white
  • Click the RGB channel (or CMYK channel)
  • Move, transform, or otherwise change the selection you see to create the second selection
  • Hold down Command/Ctrl+Shift and click the thumbnail for the alpha channel

You'll then have both selections active.

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This essentially saves the first selection, then reloads it later.

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With your selection active, go to Select > Save selection and give your selection a name:

Save Selection dialog

You can also right-click on the selection marquee itself and likewise choose 'Save Selection'...

Then when you want to use it again go to Select > Load Selection and choose your saved selection:

Load Selection dialog

I've never known Photoshop to have the functionality you speak of – but I started with CS6 so...

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