Photoshop: Copy & paste feature not working

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Today, after selecting a large area with the magnetic lasso tool and copying it, Photoshop won't let me copy anything else. It's like that one image is stuck in the clipboard, and nothing else can be copied. I've tried clearing the clipboard as well as completely closing and restarting Photoshop, but I still can't seem to copy anything else, and if I hit paste, all that shows up is that first image. I need to finish a graphic ASAP, and I can't do it if my copy and paste isn't working! Please help!
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Are you pasting to another application, or within Photoshop?
And what OS version are you using? (this sounds like a well known bug in WIndows)
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Nikita Kulkarni

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I'm using Mavericks, and I'm copying and pasting within Photoshop
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Ning Pertiwi

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yes i have same problem with you
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I can't seem to get things to copy from Apple Notes app to Photoshop CC, and I have tried everything, so the only way for me to copy from Notes is to copy text text from Notes, then paste in another window or app like Mail, then copy it again, then its will paste into Photoshop, but thats super annoying and slows down my efficiency. I called Adobe Tech support and they said there is nothing wrong with Photoshop, so now I'm calling Apple and expecting them to say the same thing. I regret upgrading to Photoshop CC, because Photoshop CS5 worked perfect.
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Same problem here...When I even do the drop down: Edit - Paste
I get this error: Could not complete the Paste Text command because the clipboard data is empty or invalid.
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I was on the phone with Apple support for over an hour yesterday and they said it is a Adobe Photoshop issue. I have emailed Adobe yesterday and have not got a response back yet.
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I agree. I am having problems cutting and pasting from photoshop into illustrator! It was working fine, the just stopped. I get a message if file being too big to paste...like it is a tiny file! Then I got the last thing I cut and paste from an email instead onto illustrator after doing the right command in photo shop! Like really? Whoa! Any clues?
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Have you tried to restore your prefs? http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/201...

Are you running any system extensions? They usually show up here in System Preferences:

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Mine is a second progtam from the main computer set up with the cc package.
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These are the extensions:

And when I uninstalled and re-installed Photoshop, I didn't restore any of my old preferences, so it should be on the default settings. I also did just restore my preferences using the keyboard shortcut.

And an update on the issue: I can paste both text and images into Photoshop from any other program, I just can't copy and paste either from within Photoshop unless I drag it into the creative cloud library first.
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I'm still experiencing this problem, any suggestions?
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Ok. Did this start after the 2014.2 update when the Libraries panel was introduced?

Can you try this:

1) close the Libraries panel
2) restart Photoshop (don't reopen the Libraries panel)
3) see if copy and paste works as expected
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what if I've done those specific things and I still get the same issue
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Amy Masser

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I am having the same issue today. I am running the CC version. I have reset prefs, closed the library panel and purged the clipboard. Any other suggestions? I use this feature multiple times a day.
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AAAHHHH, this is the worst. I'm using 2 computers and this feature is not working on either. I've been struggling for a month now (sob, sob, sob)
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I am having this same issue and it started after a recent update to CC 2015. I used to be able to copy something from InDesign and paste it into AI or a layer in Photoshop, but now the paste option is grayed out in both programs. I tried copy/paste from AI to photoshop and had the same issue. It's like all the Adobe programs no longer work with each other.

I'm using a MacBook pro, OS 10.9.5 Maverick. I have checked my specs and I have all the requirements to run these programs.
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Photoshop hasn't had an update since July. Are you confusing Camera Raw updates with Photoshop updates?

It sounds like you might have installed some utility or another application that messes with the clipboard data.

Photoshop, ID, and AI don't share clipboard code - so whatever is going wrong is system wide.
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My issue started happening after the July update. However, I just figured out the fix yesterday evening after I had posted the above message.

In the preferences for InDesign under clipboard handling, I needed to have the check box "Preserve PDF Data at Quit" selected along with the Copy PDF to Clipboard. Once I activated that, I was able to copy and paste from Indesign into both AI and Photoshop.

Thanks for the response.
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Hmm, yeah, if you quit ID and it doesn't leave data on the clipboard - that would prevent paste from working in other apps.
If you aren't quitting ID, then that sounds like a bug in ID (because it should keep the data on the clipboard until you quit).
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I have the same problem today and I was keep on searching for the solution including these advices above but still doesn't work and finally I did my self invented solution. here it is,...............1.restart your computer 2. Open your any version Photoshop 3. Go to edit and click 4. click preference 5.Click Plug-ins & Scratch Disk and select the more space partition in your computer let say D drive or if all are full then you can use your External hard drive.

Hope I can contribute to solve the issue of copy & Paste this is applicable also to the issue of Error problem because of Full disk.

Regards,


Jonathan S. Urbano


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I have those problems too, not only copy paste but sometimes I can't do anything on the layer at all; even brush and erase won' work. The solution I came up with is to create a new layer on top of the broken layer (layer we have problem with) and merge it to the new one. This'll fix the issue. 

Tho I still don't get it how or why I encounter there problems, they just pop out of nowhere. I still can't figure out what actions that I did was wrong but my solution works well. :) 
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Hmm mm, thus reminded me that Ihave to merge the layers before moving them If one misses a step it buggers things all up. But, not always. Still seems to buggy all if a sudden, so I get where u are coming from....and frustraing!
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Eunice Cristi, thank you, this worked for me on 5/1/2017.  
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I'm having this problem as well - running the latest OSX Sierra and latest Photoshop CC update.  worked fine until these updates...
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I would suggest reinstalling Photoshop CC from Adobe.com.
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I'm also having new issues immediately following the update to sierra 10.12. All of a sudden I cannot copy from my notepad and paste into photoshop on a text layer. I have updated photoshop and restarted.
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same here. suddenly started happening. VERY irritating.
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Same here. Cannot copy from Microsoft Word (Version 15.30) to Photoshop (2017.0.1) on OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.5.
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So one thing that has worked for me (as a temporary alternative) is copying the copy from my word document into my notes app then copying that copy into photoshop. Its definetly not a permanent fix but it will help you get your work done!
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Notes used to work for me, but no longer. I actually tried copying into Word and that worked. At least on Friday. Will it continue, who knows? This seems to be a new issue because in the past I could copy and paste with abandon.
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I have these same problems too! In at least Photoshop and Dreamweaver Ctrl-C, Ctrl-P, Ctrl-S, etc. – none of them work. But going through the menu or right-clicking does work. It's very laborious! This has been happening on and off (mostly on) for quite some time now and through multiple updates. Sometimes an update seems to fix it, but then the problem inevitably returns.
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The same problem for me (CC 2017)... Sometimes it works, for the next time don't... Politely "frustrating". Now for me works (I don't know for how long) copy-paste over the InDesign document... Open a new blank documet/file in InD then copy-paste from Word into... and right after copy-paste into PsP.

Good luck for all of us.

Slavek
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Do you have Notability application installed on your system? It can do all kinds of nasty stuff to the clipboard. See:

https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/could-not-place-because-the-postscript-data-i...
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Nope. Same problems, gave only the illustrator cc programs to work with. Solved nothing.
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Same issue - any fix? Have text, pastes fine into notepad and pages, but try to paste in photoshop and get 'clipboard empty of invalid' error.

Having said that, here's a weird thing - The text I'm trying to paste is a poem that someone sent me in a Facebook post. Paste's fine elsewhere, but not into photoshop. However I CAN copy other text from an email, this web page etc and it pastes into photoshop without an issue! It's just THIS poem isn't pasting.

I've pasted the poem into pages, saved it, re-started the mac, reopened the pages doc, copied and it STILL won't paste into photoshop.

Got me rooted!
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Wow. What I get is the last thing I copied and pasted from an email show up after I copied and pasted an image from photoshop and into adobe. I get the text of the email and not the visual! Like whaaaaaaat? Hard on a new person throwing to do this stuff. Or I get a message that my tiny drawing is too big to place into illustrator? Kidding, nope! Just confused as to what us going on.
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I have discovered that the copy/paste keyboard shortcut in the color picker works fine on my laptop (Macbook Pro), but not on my desktop (iMac). On my desktop I have to right-click and choose copy or paste (or go to the Edit menu and choose those). But still no resolution for this issue on my desktop. I can never use the Ctrl-C or Ctrl-P on there. :/
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Do you have any utilities installed on the desktop? (Notability, etc) Usually clipboard/shortcut issues are a result of 3rd party utilities being installed.
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i was having copy and paste issues like some of you here, and discovered my problem was that, somehow, 'edit in quick mask mode' under Select had been chosen....
all returned to normal after unchecking the option.