Losing Formatting When Pasting Text in Photoshop CS6

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I am trying to copy and paste text in Photoshop CS6 and I am losing the oh-so-valuable formatting.

I am referring to two boxes side by side in Photoshop that contain text.

I love the text in the first box, but when I try to duplicate the formatting in the second box right next to it, the text looks completely different.

And, when I try to just paste some of the text from the first box to the second box, the 20 px text suddenly becomes 96.3 px text.

Even though I go through all of the formatting options available and duplicate what was in the first box, the text in the second box ends up looking nothing like the first box even though they contain exactly the same formatting, font type - everything.

I'm at a loss, and of course, this is a project on which I have a deadline in about three days.
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Todd Shaner

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Try resetting your PS preferences file:

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/963474

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Howdy Georgi,

A couple of things.

First, it sounds like the text in your first box was transformed. That is one attribute which Photoshop does not allow you to replicate. To copy the formatting of your text, you should be able to simply click Layer > Duplicate Layer and then move this copied layer into the new position. Modify the layer and click CNTRL/CMD+A to select all. Now just type in your new text and it should have all the exact attributes (other than size) of the old one. To make the point sizes match, simply manually change the second layer to match the numbers found in the first one (yes, there is currently a bug in this and we are both aware of it and actively working on a fix).

Second, if you have two or more runs of text that you want to have use the EXACT same style, you should look into creating a Paragraph Style. It's actually quite easy. Simply target the text layer you like and select a section that has the attributes you want. Click New Paragraph Style, either from the flyout menu of the Paragraph Style palette or via the icon at the bottom of the palette. *Boom!* You have a new style that you can simply apply to any other runs of text you would like.

Thanks,
David
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I very much appreciate the ideas, but I have tried them and it simply doesn't work.

I have a box on the left. In it is text that is Arial, Regular, 20 px, justified left, at 85% vertical and 100% horizontal.

I have a box on the right. In it is text that is Arial, Regular, 20 px, justified left, at 85% vertical and 100% horizontal.

The text in these two boxes look nothing alike.

I am going to try to attach images I took of this dilemma.

The first is the left box text, and then the next is the character formatting box associated with the text.

The second is the right box text, and then the next is the character formatting box associated with that text.







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That almost sounds like you're using version 13.0.0 and running into a text reordering bug that we fixed in a dot release.
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13.0 v64 is what I have
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So you haven't installed any of the updates?
13.0.0 could reorder the text layers when saving a file. The dot releases fixes the bug, but the files will remain mixed up (there's not enough info in the files to put everything back in place).
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I have updates set to automatic and I haven't had any notices that I need to update. I will check into that. Thanks.
From "The dot releases..." I don't have a clue what you are talking about. I'm very sorry.
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13.0.0 is the initial release. 13.0.1 is a dot release. Dot releases are bug fix releases, and a very common term in software.
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I know what dot releases means. That wasn't the confusing part. I was merely indicating the beginning of the sentence that contained what I didn't understand. The part that I didn't understand was "...but the files will remain mixed up (there's not enough info in the files to put everything back in place).
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Actually, since you chose to be condescending with your "a very common term in software" comment, I'll be clearer with what I didn't understand.

You went off in a direction about the 13.0 version reordering text layers and a later release not being able to put them back.

Reordering layers is not an issue here and it has nothing to do with a solution, so what I didn't understand was why you had gone in that direction in your answer and what it possibly had to do with my question.
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Reordering of the text layers might explain what you are reporting, but I'll have to talk to David to be sure.

But also, you need to have all the updates installed.
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I think this topic should now be closed. I have no need for additional information. I very much appreciate the three people who helped answer my question.
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And you are correct, Chris. I need to have all of the updates installed.
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Hiya Georgie,

What Chris is referring to is a bug that shipped in a previous version of the software which caused the contents of a given text layer to display incorrectly using data from existing or previous text layers. This bug has been fixed in the latest update (dot-release) of Photoshop. Looking at your screen shots, it seems quite likely that Chris is correct at to the cause of your problem.

To solve the problem, you need to do two things.

First, update your Photoshop to the latest version. You can most easily do this under Help > Updates and taking all the updates (to be sure).

Second, once a file exhibits this problem it will ALWAYS be potentially vulnerable to it in the future, even when using the updated version. By analogy, you can think of it as "broken" -- even if you use a "fixed" / updated version of Photoshop, that particular file is still "broken" and the problem can easily reoccur. As a consequence, I would suggest you recreate the contents of the file in a new document and delete the old one. Do NOT copy and paste between documents, as this can also transfer the bug (incorrect pointer) between files.

If you have any more questions or would like me to help walk you through the process, please do not hesitate to contact us, ok?

Thanks,
David
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Hey guys, I've had the same problem with losing formatting, I was redesigning the pizzeria menu, so imagine how many times I need to copy and paste. I Solved the problem this way:
1. I Copied the whole text first to the google translate :D (Which keeps line brakes but not formatting)
2. then duplicated text layer with my preferred formattings
3. then I copied and paste the text from google translate (browser) to my photoshop. My formatting was not changed.