what is the shortcut to dublicate a selection

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Jonas Willems

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Cristen Gillespie

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Jonas, you really do need to either keep this URL handy so you can quickly answer these shortcut questions yourself, or save it as a PDF. You're been given it at least twice now. You'll get the answer you want almost immediately, and we can then move forward to answering your questions about why you might want to do something a particular way in Photoshop. Those will be the questions you'll have that aren't as clearly answered in the help files.
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i cant find the shortcut to dublicate
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Not everything has a shortcut...
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> i cant find the shortcut to dublicate>

I see.  If you have something selected, Cmd/Ctrl-J will duplicate it by copying it to a new layer. It will duplicate the entire layer if the layer is targeted, and nothing is selected. It's called "New Layer Via Copy." The command Duplicate in the Image menu I don't think has a default shortcut (I have a custom one), and it doesn't duplicate a selection. It duplicates the document. You can create custom shortcuts for most commands, but first you have to know the actual name of the command.

Another way to duplicate something  involves selecting it and then holding the Option/Alt key while dragging on it with the Move tool active. That doesn't put the selected content on a new layer.

I'm afraid I don't know if either of these methods is what you're trying to do. Duplicate is mainly a fancy word for "copy," and there are many different ways to copy things. Copy and Paste, of course, also works to duplicate selections.

Unfortunately, Help can be less than helpful often. If you search on Duplicate in Help, you'll find a dozen answers to different tasks —including what I've just described—and practically no shortcuts are mentioned. However, you should be able to find the real name of what it is you're trying to do, and then if there IS a shortcut for it, it will be easier to find. Or you can better describe to us what you want to do and we might then be able to help you.
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thanks for the help :D i really appreciate it
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I'm always glad to help if I can. You might be trying to fly before walking. Most of us learned by mousing around in the menus, seeing what they did. If we liked what happened enough to use it all the time, we learned the shortcuts.

Also, you might look for even some older, used 3rd party books, if you can get a chance to see inside before you buy. Many times the authors would include the default shortcuts in their lessons. The basics of working with PS haven't changed all that much that you'd be lost just because the interface looks a bit different. New books, of course, are expensive.

Another option is to acquire a custom set of shortcuts from Deke McClelland for a free sign-up to his site:

http://www.deke.com/content/free-dekekeys-custom-shortcuts-photoshop-and-illustrator-cc

He's someone I'd recommend to anyone starting out, and you might enjoy learning his shortcuts along with learning Photoshop, rather than already having too many of your own to switch to his.  I'm not sure if his keys are suited to non-English keyboards, though.

He has authored lots of books and currently has video courses at lynda.com.  A one-month subscription, especially if you can swing the extra for the course materials, will give you a strong foundation. He has a Photoshop Fundamentals course, and goes up from there. He doesn't teach without drilling you on using shortcuts, but of course also shows how to find everything with a mouse.