Duplicating

Affinity Photo lets you make duplicate layers to increase workflow or to temporarily create a 'backup' layer. A power duplicate feature also allows you to duplicate and repeatedly transform layer contents.

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Layers panel before and after layer duplication.
To duplicate:

Do one of the following:

Power duplicate

If you duplicate a layer(s) and then transform the duplicated contents, you can immediately duplicate the layer containing the transformed content. The transform is applied accumulatively to subsequent duplicates.

Power duplicate

(A) original content, (B) original content duplicated and rotated, (C) transformed duplicate duplicated numerous times.
To 'power duplicate':
  1. Select the layer(s).
  2. From the Layer menu, select Duplicate.
  3. Transform the duplicated layer content.
  4. From the Layer menu, select Duplicate. A duplicate is created and the transform is automatically applied to the duplicate.
  5. Repeat step 4 to create more duplicates with the transform accumulatively applied.

Duplicating selections

If you have made a selection, you can immediately duplicate the selected content into a new layer (or layers).

To duplicate selected content:
  1. Select content within the layer(s).
  2. From the Layer menu, select Duplicate Selection.
  3. The selected content will be duplicated into a new layer. If content has been selected across multiple layers, the content will be duplicated into multiple separate new layers.

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