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GarySped

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Hello all, I registered to post a Q. Then noted the thread I wanted to add to looks like it was in 2012. Hope things have changed because there is a very important feature missing in PS (or was). I want to paste the same image into multiple shapes in a Photoshop document - I guess to create a collage effect. This was not possible - according to 2012 comments. Can it be done today? If not why not? This would be an extremely powerful thing to do. Its possible to select multiple objects but paste-into (all) is what we need.
 

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I want to paste the same image into multiple shapes in a Photoshop document - I guess to create a collage effect. This was not possible - according to 2012 comments. Can it be done today?
Yes by using "synced" smart objects. (Note: This also depends on what you mean by multiple shapes!)

If you have a document with a shape (rectangle)...
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Convert the shape layer to a smart object and then duplicate it as many times as needed....
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Now you can double click on any of the smart object rectangle layers and open the PSB document associated with the smart object.
Then add a photo in a layer abve the rectangle layer in the PSB document.....
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Save the PSB (Cmd/Cntrl + S) or close and save.

This will add the photo to all of the synced smart object rectangles in the original document.
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You can change the sizes of the rectangle if you like using free transform.
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Collage arrangement..
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There's another process using smart objects where they are embedded and linked. This can be used to change objects across platforms and multiple documents.
 

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