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Create a Background Copy Layer

Photoshop Elements 11 & Later Versions

Copy the Background layer to create a Background copy layer.

You'll edit the Background copy layer.

The Background layer remains untouched.

There are four (!) ways to make a Background copy layer.

Way #1 - Drag

Click, hold, and drag the Background layer onto the Create a new layer icon.

It's located at the top of the Layers panel.

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Way #2 - Right Click

Right click on the Background layer and select Duplicate Layer.

Way #3 - Layer Menu

Go to Layer > Duplicate.

Way #4 - Keyboard Shortcut

Press Ctrl + j.

Photoshop Elements 10 & Earlier Versions

Copy the Background layer to create a Background copy layer.

You'll edit the Background copy layer.

The Background layer remains untouched.

There are four (!) ways to make a Background copy layer.

Way #1 - Drag

Click, hold, and drag the Background layer onto the Create a new layer icon.

It's located at the bottom of the Layers panel.

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Way #2 - Right Click

Right click on the Background layer and select Duplicate Layer.

Way #3 - Layer Menu

Go to Layer > Duplicate.

Way #4 - Keyboard Shortcut

Press Ctrl + j.