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You can use Photoshop’s Paste Into command to paste one image into a specific area of a different image. Here’s how:
Start by making a selection of the area where you want the pasted pixels to appear.
Then copy the image you want to paste.
And choose Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into (or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+Alt+V (Windows) Command+Shift+Option+V (Mac).
A new layer with a layer mask is added to the image. Note that the layer and the mask are not linked at this point, so you can immediately move the pasted pixels inside the mask by dragging with the Move tool.