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Another way to duplicate a layer in a Photoshop file is to Option+drag or Alt+drag the layer and you can do that either in the image window itself or in the Layers panel. It doesn't matter. I'm going to hold down the Option key on the Mac or Alt on Windows and if you look at the cursor, it changes from the Move tool cursor to a Duplicate cursor. And just as a reminder that you do need to be in the Move tool to work on layers and duplicate them. So I'm going to hold down the Option key or Alt and just drag, if you hold down the Shift key, it constrains the drag as you move it. So it stays lined up. So you can Option+drag or Alt+drag that way. You can also Option or Alt+drag from the actual Layers panel itself. Once you start dragging by holding the Option or Alt key down, you will see that duplicate cursor and the advantage of this technique as doing in the Layers panel is that it lets you insert the copy where you want it in the layers stack. So I'd like go with it, pulls down to there. So Option+drag or Alt+drag is yet another way to duplicate a layer.
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