How to open a layer as a new document in Photoshop

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Sometimes it’s nice to extract a layer from an intricate Photoshop document and turn it into its own isolated document. Here’s how to do it:

Select your layer and head over to Layer – Duplicate Layer…

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This will bring up a menu that lets you choose what you’d like to call it, and most importantly where you want to duplicated it to. Under Destination, choose New for a new document. You can even pick an existing (open) Photoshop document and your layer will be added to that. The Destination Name will be the new file name.Screen Shot 2015-05-22 at 09.22.32As soon as you hit OK your layer will be opened as a new document tab, with all layer effects, blending options and opacity settings intact.

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