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Photoshop Paste Special Menu Commands


In this video I take a look at a the Paste Special menu options. Sure, you can use Photoshop never knowing about them but when you do, you’ll be pleased they can be part of your workflow.

I’ll be taking a look at;

Paste Into
Paste Outside and
Paste In Place


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Eric’s background in video editing with Adobe Premier led to his interest, and then obsession, with Photoshop. Starting TipSquirrel.com as a hobby he is proud to have gathered together and be a part of The Photoshop Nuts. Known as only “TipSquirrel” for two years, Eric ‘went public’ when he was a finalist in The Next Adobe Photoshop Evangelist competition. He’s also been a finalist in Deke’s Techniques Photoshop Challenge. While still taking on some freelance work, Eric has recently become a Lecturer at Peterborough’s Media and Journalism Centre where he enjoys sharing his knowledge as well as learning new skills. This realisation that he loves to teach has made Eric look at altering his career path.

7 Comments on Photoshop Paste Special Menu Commands

  1. Daniel thomassin // 08/04/2013 at 10:40 am //

    Bonjour votre tutoriel et génial!
    Merci beaucoup !! Bonne journée


  2. Good one, Eric! As I was watching, I thought of one use of Paste Outside; perhaps for applying a texture to a building by selecting only the windows, which would be much quicker than making the selection around them.

  3. I had a similar thought and tried it with a building and a double decker bus. In both counts I found it easier to select the non windows, so I’m thinking I’m missing a quick selection technique?

  4. Hi Eric,

    A good, clear, run-through of Past Special commands, thank you. They save a step or two over just creating masks manually.

    One use for “past outside”. Create a Text layer, ctl-click text to select, Make your copy of an another image (let’s say it’s a pattern) and “paste outside”. This creates a new layer with the pattern but with the text mask on the pattern layer.

    No big deal but saves a step or two.

  5. Hmm, probably not the QST. I was thinking Polygonal Lasso, or if the image is square-on, the Rectangular Marquee.

  6. Daniel thomassin // 09/04/2013 at 6:02 pm //

    Merci beaucoup!

  7. Nicely done and nicely paced!

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