Photoshop: Screenshot function automatically copies image to Photoshop clipboard or a screenshot library

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I often screenshot things on the web and bring them into photoshop. It would be so useful if Adobe could recognise this trick, and include a feature where one's screenshot function automatically copies the image to Photoshop's clipboard or a screenshot library within Photoshop. 

I believe this feature is certainly something a lot of people would find useful.
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Warren Heaton

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You can start a new document from the clipboard or paste into an open document as long as what you're using to take the screen shot puts the captured image on the clipboard.

For example, in macOS if you do add the control key to the screen shot keyboard shortcuts, it capture goes to the clipboard rather than a file.  When you're in Photoshop, you can then "Start a new Clipboard document" in the New Document dialog box.

If you're using the Snipping Tool on Windows (not the Print Screen button), the "Always copy snips to Clipboard" should be enabled by default allowing you to take the snipping and then paste to a new or existing Photoshop document.

Or... are you looking for a feature that would automatically put any and all screen shots into your Creative Cloud Library?  I'm not sure that the default Mac or Windows tools allow you to choose where the screen shot is stored, but utilities like SnapZPro do.  If the screen shots are always stored to your Creative Cloud folder, you should be able to access them via the Libraries panel.

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What Warren says. If your screen shot utility captures to the clipboard, switch to Photoshop, hit Cmd N and it will create a new doc based on the dimensions of the clipboard. Just make sure you're using and app that supports copying directly to the clipboard and you use the shortcut to capture to the clipboard. (I use Snapz Pro for example, but there are many that support it)