Saving a Selection as a Separate Layer
Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Save a Selection as a Separate Layer in Photoshop
Selections can be made with the numerous tools in Photoshop. Once you make a selection, it can be saved as a Channel, a Layer Mask or converted to a Path.
In this topic we will create a selection, then save it as an object on a separate layer.
Open a new document in Photoshop (File > New). Set the size to 500 pixels by 500 pixels at 72 ppi. Set Background Contents to White.
Add a selection to the document by choosing the Elliptical Marquee tool (m key) and click-dragging in the workspace.
Press Option/Delete (PC - Alt/Backspace) to fill the Ellipse with the Foreground color.
To Copy/Paste your selected ellipse to a separate layer, select the Background layer and choose Cmd/j (PC - Ctrl/j).