Abracadabra—Magical Moving Layers

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Barb BrookbankHas this ever happened to you?

You open a template and add photos, papers, and elements. You decide you want to move some things around, maybe even delete a layer or two. You're so absorbed in what you are doing that you forget to save this document with a new name and — yikes! You overwrite the original template! Well, sadly, I have to admit it has happened to me.

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you a magical way to create a new document to ensure you never overwrite a template. This technique could also be used on a layout that you may end up wanting to re-purpose, or a photo that you've made lots of changes to — such as adding adjustment layers or layers of textures.


Step One: Choose a Template or a Layered Document

  • Choose a template or layered document that you want to work with and open it. I'm using a Scrap It Now Template.
  • I've decided I want to turn an 8-photo template into a 3-photo template.

Step Two: Choose the Layers and Save them in a New Document

  • In the Layers panel, Ctrl click (Mac: Cmd click) on the layers that you want to include in your new document. I chose three photo masks and the background layer.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Duplicate Layers.
  • When the dialog box pops up, the name of the original document will appear as the Destination Document. You must choose a new name for your new document!
  • Click on the down facing arrow and choose New.
  • Type in a new name for your document. I'm naming mine "Revised Scrap It Now-template by Barb."
  • Click OK and magically you are now in your new document!
  • Close the original document.

Step Three: Save the New Document

  • Choose File > Save and navigate to the folder where you want to put it.
  • Click Save.

Digi Scrap Tutorial: Abracadabra—Magical Moving Layers by Barb Brookbank
Scrap It Now template, "Scrap It Now-08-004-stroke30-template01sq.psd," by Digital Scrapper

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial

8 Responses

  1. Grace McMillin
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    I’d never seen this tip before. Thx!

  2. Sue Alg
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    I’ve recently been working on a project where I’m using the same template continuously, so this tip is really timely. Thanks so much

  3. Barb
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    So happy you like it!

  4. Jeanne Pahl
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    I’ll be using this today! Thanks!

  5. April Smith
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    Oh this tip really expands all my templates. I have not thought to take a few layers to remake a new template…..WOW! Great idea.

  6. Susann Brody
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    Awesome tip! Thanks!!!

  7. Renee Diprose
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    Great tip! Love how ‘magically simple’ you make your tips. I will sure try this one as I am using more and more templates these days. Thanks Barb.

  8. Anne
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    Great idea! Thanks for the tip.

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