"Adobe Photoshop Clip Image is Too Big To Be Exported" – Registry fix does nothing.

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Apr 19, 2008
Hello folks.

I cannot paste any images out of Photoshop that are over 1200×900 pixels in size. I get the error message "Adobe Photoshop Clip Image is Too Big To Be Exported."

I’ve tried the registry fix available on this forum, and nothing happens. I double click the file – ClipboardSizeLimit_OFF.reg – and get a message saying the data has been added to the registry. Then I copy and attempt to paste into, say, Paint or JASC Animation Shop and just get the "Adobe Photoshop Clip Image is Too Big To Be Exported" message again.

What’s going on?? Is the registry fix actually doing anything at all?


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Oct 6, 2008
I’m having this same problem. I have an image in photoshop that is 1536×1024 pixels (about 4.5MB). I need to regularly copy and paste images of this size from photoshop to another piece of software. It’s not working. When I try to paste into mspaint, I get the message in the title of this thread. If I create a image of the same size in another graphics program (such as mspaint) I am able to cut and paste just fine into my other software. So this appears to be a Photoshop problem.

I have searched this forum, I have tried resetting my preferences, I have tried the ClipboardSizeLimit_OFF.reg file…none of these options is helping.

Can someone please tell me how I can get this to work? Thanks.

Oct 29, 2008
I had been having this clipboard problem for a long time before I finally found this forum post, which clued me that there is a registry setting available to fix the problem. I found and downloaded a ClipboardSizeLimit_OFF.reg file on the Internet and realized that just clicking on it would not solve my problem, because the file I downloaded was specific to a different version of Photoshop than the version that I am using. The file I downloaded adds the DWORD value MaxClipSize = 0 under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Photoshop\7.0. Well, since I’m using version 6.0, I needed to add the value under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Adobe\Photoshop\6.0. Bingo! I did not even need to restart Photoshop. The clipboard export of large images now works. You need to find the appropriate key in the your registry and add the value manually, or change the .reg file to refer to the appropriate key for your version of Photoshop.


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