Photoshop: Creating a new file with dimensions of clipboard contents

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I am using Photoshop 2020.  I'm a little irritated that Adobe constantly changes features just because they're bored.  I used to be able to create a new file with the dimensions of the clipboard contents.  I can no longer find a way to do this and I have reviewed countless forums. The problem is that the slightly older dialog with actual options was replaced with a big bubbly new box that has to be navigated by document type, and you're stuck into either choosing one of those 100 different sizes or creating a custom size.  Nowhere in there is an option to create a new file with the dimensions of the clipboard. Does anyone know where this feature went?  Is it here somewhere or did they just design it out?
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Michael Hannigan

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Anthony Edge

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FYI: I'm still using Windows PS 20.0.9 (because it still works) and the File > New... > Clipboard option still exists. As long as there's an image in my clipboard. It appears as the upper left most option. The rest of the options are Custom sizes. I guess you've installed a v21 version?
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Bojan Živković

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Are you sure you have something in your clipboard? When you have content in clipboard, Clipboard preset will be automatically selected, no need to search for it through presets. Check things out: create new document and if you do not see Clipboard option selected by default try to use Paste command. If Paste is grayed out then you do not have anything in your clipboard regardless of what you expect. Everything works fine for me on Win machine, Ps version 21.2.0 Release.

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Michael Hannigan

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Yes, I'm 100% certain that there is something in my clipboard, but that I don't get that option you have there.

And I'm using version 21.2.0 20200604.r.225 so I guess it should be there.  I don't know why it's not.

But this might be a clue.  It's under your "recent" items.  Do you know where it was when you first used it? Maybe since I haven't used it recently, it's tucked away somewhere else in the silly 8 different category menus.
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Yves Crausaz

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PS 21.2 one macOS 10.15.5 This works for me also.

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Hey Michael,

I actually stumbled across this myself yesterday with PS 21.0.4. Definitely had it in the clipboard as I was able to paste it but it did not show the clipboard sized document. A few moments later it worked again.
No clue, what would cause it but simple question: did you try a restart? ^^

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Warren Heaton

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This feature has been available since Photoshop 2.5.  Of course, it was only on Mac then.

Maybe install the next version up without replacing the current version?

For what it's worth, little courtesy goes a long way.
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@Michael, where is the clipboard copied from? Is it pixel content or vector content? To troubleshoot, start with simpler/known workflow: if you select an image in Photoshop and copy part of it and choose New is Clipboard selected and the correct dimensions shown?