Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Photoshop Can’t Copy Paste into Word

Design / Technology

If you make a selection in Adobe Photoshop and try to paste it into Microsoft Word it won’t work well and sometimes won’t work at all. Microsoft and Adobe are trying to use OLE (object linking and embedding) a novel concept from the ‘90s that just doesn’t work very well. Once you paste the Photoshop file into Word it is literally embedded in the document, and double clicking the object opens it back in Photoshop. Once pasted in a Word document, you can’t do even simple manipulations such as resizing, cropping or anything else using the Word processor.

The file size is also significantly larger because you have extra info pasted into Word, and the quality tends to be much lower. As an extra bonus instead of just loading Word you’re now loading Photoshop and Word at the same time. Ugh. OLE is pretty terrible and only programs that have been around since the ‘90s still supports it as a legacy thing.

The solution is to copy from Photoshop, paste into MS Paint, copy from MS Paint and paste into Microsoft Word. The extra step is a pain. I’ve been using this trick for years, and every time I receive a new version of Word or Photoshop I hope that someone will have fixed this “feature”.

P.S. You can also use Word’s ‘paste special’ to work around this as well but there’s nothing special about what I’m doing. Pasting an image without the embedded part should be the default.


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