I don’t know how many of you work with Adobe Illustrator, but duplicating and shifting objects feels easier and much more precise than it does in Photoshop. I’ve used both for years, but one thing I’ve always felt was missing or well hidden was a step and repeat capability. That’s where Duplllicator comes in. It is a free Photoshop extension that is meant to make your life easier. Duplllicator can really help to take the sting out of repetition in Photoshop.
How it works is really simple. Let’s say you have a layer or group, and you want to duplicate or clone it and move it precisely. With this new Panel, you can do it, precisely dialing in the number of pixels that you want to shift the duplicate vertically or horizontally. This is essential for creating multiple copies of items that are shifted precisely.
What I like is that you can control how any copies are made. This keeps you from having to do this in multiple instances manually. You can see from the images above and below that you can specify how many copies of the selected layer to make, and how many pixel to shift each copy on the x and y axis.
To do this normally, you’d have to mash a bunch of keys together and it would have to be in sequence. With this feature, though, you can make copies with a click of a button. I can see myself using this a lot during production. I love the pinpoint accuracy that this simple little panel provides.
Duplllicator is a free Photoshop extension you can download and use. To find it once it’s installed, go to Window> Extensions> then look for Duplllicator. This will make it easy to find, and it will always be at your fingertips. To download the extension, click the link below. Then, double-click the package to bring up the Extensions Manager, where you can install it instantly.