Elements 12: problem copying a layer after a mode change.

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I have been using Photoshop Elements 12 for a year. There are seven computers in our teaching lab plus one additional copy on another independent computer. All eight computers have registered copies of Elements 12.
In preparing for a new class coming in next week, it was discovered that I cannot make a copy of a layer with a change in mode using Ctrl-J. A copy can be made by going to Layer>Duplicate Layer.

My questions:
1. Is this a problem caused by a recent update? After finding the problem I did an update but problem still exists.
2. If updating is the problem, how do you back out of a recent backup?
3. Because the problem is showing up on lab computers and separate computer a complete reinstall seems unlikely to solve the problem. Is this the only way the problem can be solved?
4. I have not found any complaints from others having this problem. How is our issue unique?
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lynn mickelson

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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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If you mean you can't use Ctrl-J to duplicate a layer after a blend mode has been applied, that is not specific to Elements 12, it's the same in version 13.
I have always considered this shortcut was used to copy a selection to a new layer, not to duplicate a whole layer, although it can serve this purpose when you don't change the blend mode.
The funny thing is that if, just after changing the blend mode, you select another layer, then the layer to duplicate, Ctrl-J works as you expect.
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Thank you for the tip. It still puzzles me that this operation has somehow changed. I have been doing a lot of work with very old photos. By using mode changes to Multiply or Screen then duplicating the changed layer, you can bring out old data from faded or altered images.
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Yes, I know the advantages of blend modes, but that shortcut is meant to copy selections, not to duplicate layers. The shortcut everyone uses to duplicate a layer is to move the thumbnail of the layer to the "new layer" icon. You don't even need the keyboard.
I just tested that the behaviour you are describing has also been present in PSE11. In PSE6 you could use it to duplicate as you want to. (I don't have PSE7 to PSE10 on my computer).