Photoshop CC 2017: Artboard Duplication creates "blank" art boards (video)

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I am trying to duplicate art boards to mock up web pages with different content and consistent header and footer. When I hold alt+drag to create duplicate artboard it is "blank."  Rather what appears to be happening is that the content outside of the original artboard is being masked.
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Dustin-
That's definitely not the way it's supposed to work. Do you see that behavior whenever you duplicate an artboard or just on that image? What version of Photoshop are you using and what Mac and OS are you running on? Is there any way you could post the file so we can take a look at it?

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Hi Tom,

Thanks for the reply. I figured out what was going on. The "mask" as I call it in my post was actually the canvas. I think because I convert layers into an artboard the canvas we set automatically to the dimensions of the content within the layers. I am still figuring out the whole canvas/artboard relationship. Also just realized that when exporting for web the legacy version (cmd+op+shift+s) saves out the entire canvas while Export As...(cmd+opt+shift+w) saves files at the artboard dimensions. 
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Dustin-
I wrote this in another forum but it might be useful to you as well:

When you create an artboard the overall image size and the artboard are roughly the same size, when you create a second artboard the overall image size expands to be roughly the size of both artboards and some padding space around the artboards. As you create more artboards your overall image size expands to encompass all the artboards. Whats not clear to most users is that every layer in every artboard is really the same size as the overall image size. We trick Photoshop into treating artboards like separate docs but it is important to know that they aren't. This is why artboard files may seem disproportionately large, what appears to be many small layers can add up to a very large file.

 

The work around for the problem you've run into is to Save the file as a PSD and then check the Shrink Canvas on Save in the Artboard Behavior Options (the little gear icon). This forces Photoshop to update the canvas size to only fit the current contents of the file. This only applies to Save, so you'll have to save the file and then Export to Save For Web.

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Hope that helps