I have a Photoshop file where I have a text layer with a very long paragraph. I would like to copy and paste the text to the editor where I write XHTML markup instead of rewriting it.

How can I do that? Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V doesn't work.

I have Photoshop CS4.

  • In Photoshop CS4 the shortcuts work fine! Try with the right click and choose copy! However, I think that this isn't a question related to programming!!! – BitDrink Nov 13 '09 at 18:14

Find the text layer in the layers list. Double-click layer icon (with the "T" on it). This will automatically select the text in the layer. Then you can use the copy and paste functionality (Control-C to copy).

**You can only do this if the text is not rendered into pixels yet. So as long has you haven't done this, it will work.


You should the Text tool (shortcut 'T') then photoshop will give you the hand to edit the text, making it possible to copy/cut/paste.

In case, it doesn't give you the hand, then it's probably not a text, and you won't be able to do that.


Make sure you have the clipboard turned on in Photoshop. Go to Edit > Preferences > General.

In the General box area make sure that "Export Clipboard" is checked.


First select the text layer in the layers palette. Then Ctrl-A to select all. Ctrl-C to copy.


A roundabout way to accomplish this is to save the file as a pdf, then copy the text from there. To be safe, select Preserve Photoshop Editing Capabilities" in the save options.


disable automatic selection of slices when using the first left control (black arrow)


I have found other reason by chance when I'm searching for the same problem : When you copy a text with special chars it doesn't work like this example in french "spécial" , otherwise it works if it's "special".