Photoshop: How do I paste into Photoshop to make new image?

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unable to paste image into fresh ps cs5 extended (no new or opened images).
this is a critical feature for just about everyone I think.
there are a lot of people who need to work with screenshots for training, debugging, QA reports, etc.
I am one of them.
this should have been put in version 1.

to reproduce,
1.bring up some application.
2.alt-printscreen to capture window
3.start ps
4.ctrl-v

expected:
new image with content of the clipboard pasted full size into the image

actual:
all menu items grayed out, including paste. nothing happens. ps dead to paste as a doornail.
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by the way, mspaint has this capability. ps doesn't. :-(
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Chris Cox

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You first need to create a new document to past into.

Control-N, OK (assuming you want the exact pixel size of the data on the clipboard), Control-V.
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Hi I'm having a similar problem ( and don't know how to post it in here.)

When I try to paste something on Photoshop, all I get is an empty rectangle... How can I fix this?
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Photoshop is pasting whatever was on the clipboard. So go back to whatever software you copied from, and make sure it is putting the correct data on the system clipboard.
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this is NOT intuitive. it is not like the other paint programs on the market (including mspaint) in which it's a simple ctrl-v. I now understand you CAN do this, which is good. but it shouldn't be this hard in an empty ps.

some sort of menu item under File or Image would be very helpful for folks who are more browse-oriented.

this is a very commonly used operation. a lot of folks use ps to do screenshots for training, QA reports, submitting screenshots to technical support, and who knows what else. it really should be part of the menu structure.
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for example, call it paste->new image
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hmm. maybe the paste thing could be a submenu of its own for things related to pasting.. for example, paste->on layer, paste->new selection,whatever have you.
corel paint shop pro has similar types of menu items, but not as a submenu to my knowledge. that menu was extremely useful to me and I used it nearly every day or week.

this is one of those unmenued features. it really should be in the menu. I am not the only one who uses this.
thanks.
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You should be able to change what your OS clipboard does from within PS preferences. It seems that PS has its own global clipboard...

I use Greenshot and you can choose to have it save to clipboard, create a file and open in an editor of your choice. The only problem is if PS isn't opened it automatically begins the long process of loading PS and you also would have to copy it from within PS to paste into your target document... UGH....
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"long process of loading PS"? Photoshop loads in between 2 and 7 seconds on most systems. You might want to see what is wrong with your system to make it take a long time.

And you can always make an action that does "new image from clipboard, paste."
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Correct! In the past my hard copies of PS took almost a minute to load, whereas CCPS is truly under 5 seconds. Also Greenshot has a command where you can enter the executable (photoshop.exe) to send your screen grabs to. It works great.
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I don't have any of those types of settings in cs5 except "Export clipboard". maybe greenshot is the only way... good suggestion.
adobe please fix ps. every paint program in the world can paste into a new image except for ps, including the very flexible corel paint shop pro which lets you pick the paste destination. and, psp has vector editing capabilities, oils, pastels, and noice batch.
one of the things I wanted to do with px was record an action and repeat it across a batch of files. but actions are not well documented for cs5 or just not enabled.