Create A New Photoshop Document With The Same Size

Create A New Document The Same Size As An Open Document

This tutorial shows you how to quickly create a new Photoshop document that matches the exact size (width, height and resolution) of an open document. Works with Photoshop CC, CS6 and earlier.

Written by Steve Patterson.

Whether we're compositing images or creating designs in Photoshop, we often need to create a new document that will match the size of our open document. By "size", I mean that both documents will need to share the same width, height and resolution. What most Photoshop users will do is open the Image Size dialog box and write down the size of the current document. Then, they'll create a new document and manually enter the same width, height and resolution values into the New Document dialog box.

That's one way to work, but there's a faster way, and one that does not involve remembering or writing down numbers. The next time you need to create a new Photoshop document at the same size as your current document, here's how to do it! I'll be using Photoshop CC 2018 but any recent version will work.

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Where To Find The Current Document Size

You won't need to do this step every time, but just to confirm that the new document we'll be creating does match the size of the current document, let's quickly check our current document's size. Here's the image I have open in Photoshop (photo from Adobe Stock):

The new document will need to be the same size as the open document

The currently-open document in Photoshop.

The Image Size Dialog Box

To view the document size, go up to the Image menu in the Menu Bar and choose Image Size:

Opening the Image Size dialog box in Photoshop

Going to Image > Image Size.

This opens the Image Size dialog box. There are two places where we can view the document's width and height. One is next to the word Dimensions at the top. Here we see that my document has a width of 5472 px and a height of 3648 px. If you're Image Size dialog box is showing the dimensions using a measurement type other than pixels (like percent, inches, and so on), click on the small triangle and choose Pixels from the list:

The pixel dimensions of the open document in the Image Size dialog box in Photoshop

The pixel dimensions (width and height) of the open document.

The second place to view the document size is in the Width, Height and Resolution boxes. Here, we see the same width and height values as the ones shown next to the word "Dimensions", and we also see that my document is set to a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. We won't be making any changes here, so click Cancel to close the Image Size dialog box

The width, height and resolution of the open document in the Image Size dialog box

The width, height and resolution of the open document.

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How To Create A New Document At The Same Size

Step 1: Select The Background Layer

To create a new Photoshop document that matches the width, height and resolution of your current document, first select the Background layer in the Layers panel. This will make sure that you're grabbing the full dimensions of the document and not just the size of whatever happens to be on a different layer. If the only layer in your document is the Background layer, you can skip this step:

Selecting the Background layer in the Layers panel in Photoshop

Selecting the Background layer.

Step 2: Select All

Go up to the Select menu in the Menu Bar and choose All. A selection outline appears around the image:

Choosing the Select All command in Photoshop

Going to Select > All.

Step 3: Copy The Background Layer

Next, go up to the Edit menu in the Menu Bar and choose Copy. This sends a copy of the Background layer to the clipboard:

Choosing the Copy command from the Edit menu in Photoshop

Going to Edit > Copy.

Step 4: Create A New Photoshop Document

To create the new document, go up to the File menu and choose New:

Selecting the New command from the File menu in Photoshop

Going to File > New.

In the New Document dialog box, look at the Width, Height and Resolution fields and you'll see that Photoshop has automatically filled them in with the dimensions from your other document. Click Create (Photoshop CC) or OK (CS6 or earlier) to create your new document at the same size:

Creating a new document at the same size as the open document in Photoshop

The new document will share the same dimensions as the open document.

And there we have it! That's how to quickly create a new document that will match the size of your open document in Photoshop! Looking for similar tutorials and tips? See our Complete Guide to Opening Images in Photoshop, or visit our Photoshop Basics section!


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