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Layer via Copy/Cut by slybug Layer via Copy/Cut by slybug
GIMP 2.8 Python Plugin.
Copy and move the selected area to a new layer in the same position.
This function is similar to the functions with the same names in Photoshop, and more powerful. Unlike them, it can copy/cut content, not just from one layer, but also from the layer groups. In Photoshop, this is not possible :D (Big Grin) 
I hope this plug-in will be useful for someone else.

Installation Instructions:
1. Extract "" from .zip archive to the ".../.gimp-2.x/plug-ins/" directory.
2. Make sure that the extracted file is executable.
3. If you are already running GIMP, close and reopen it.

This plugin requires Python!
If you have the "Filters > Python-Fu > Console" menu item you are all set. If not, install Python support for GIMP.

Version History:
v1.6 (09.01.2014)  Nod 
- Over 35% speedup.
- Some code improvements.
v1.5 (04.06.2012)
- Added automatic cache cleanup.
- Fixed bug with non-rectangular selection.
v1.4 (04.06.2012)
- The new layer/group is created above the original, and not at the top of the stack.
- Some code improvements.
v1.3 (01.06.2012)
- Initial release.

My other plugins:
Create Layer Mask from...
Duplicate to another Image
Place Layer into Selection
Scale Layer to Image Size

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Tarasdream Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
I have down loaded this plugin hours ago and i'm unable to get it to even show up in the "layer" menu option in gimp. I'm not sure where to find the plugin folder to put this addon into
steelermom Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
installed this plug-in fine  however the layer via copy and layer via cut is in Russian under my layers menu??  how do I fix this??
hasibuzzaman Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Artist
Hello Slybug,

This is not working on Gimp 2.8.14 for Ubunto 14.04 lts
slybug Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Hello Hasibuzzaman,
Thanks for reporting this problem! New version coming soon.
imaginary-hat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
This is an excellent plugin and works fine, but the only trouble I have is the menu labels are in 'cyrillic' is there a way I could switch them to english? The file I put in the gimp plugin folder is english.
comic-master Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I can't get this to work for Gimp 2.8.10 mac version - I did put it in my defined location of my home folder via application support from which is library/application support/GIMP/2.8/plug-ins and it's not showing up, I always use that location when adding plugins.
cowmamba Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was having issues with the plug-in as well. You might have to make sure you have the ownership of the file  or that it's executable.  What I do is after I extracted the file from the zip, I'll open up the terminal (Applications>>Utilities>>Terminal) and type in chmod +x and hit enter.  Then I copy it into the plugins folder. 

This method has worked for me with Gimp 2.8.14 and this plug-in. Hopefully it'll help for you too!
t1m9m Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so much; it worked :)
comic-master Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
IT was just a .py file that I could place inside the plugins folder in my home library of gimp - which I do have it under the plug-in directories, I'm just makin' Gimp feel like a customizable version of Photoshop CS4, might be a bug within' 10.6 I do have the latest python.
ubuntufreak Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work and thanks much for the plugin !
slybug Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Glad you found it useful!
fpigeon78 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
where do I extract this plug-in this is in Ubuntu 13.10?
slybug Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
1. Open the Files application.
2. Open Preferences dialog.
3. Click on the Show hidden and backup files checkbox to enable it.
4. Restart the Files application to enable the setting.
5. Extract "" from .zip archive to the "Home/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins/" directory.
hab123 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Hello I'm using gimp 2.6 on ubuntu 12.04 and I cant manage to make the plug-in workd, any thoughts please.
slybug Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
For Gimp 2.6 this plug-in may not work properly or not work at all.
Gimp 2.8 is required.
luey33 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I installed the layer via copy plug in.
It works the first time I use it but then it just create blank layers.
If I open a new image, same thing. works first time (creates new layer with selection) , next time layer is blank and selection has not been cut.

happens on gimp 2.8.10 with python 2.76, windows 8.1
slybug Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
The blank layer is created if the selection area is empty.
After cupy/cut operation, try to select the original (background) layer and copy/cut again.
Still does not work?
PetePMP Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Hi, I'm trying to install you plug ins for gimp 2.8 on on a mac osx 10.75. Your Layer mask and Duplicate plugins installed fine into the gimp-2.x/plug-ins/" directory. The Layer via cut v1.6 won't install though. I've done exactly what it says here…  Thanks for your help, Pete
gwynforrees Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I'm looking forward to trying this. It's also taken me 20 mins to find the link..!
tmpullen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013

Thank you. I am looking forward to trying this plugin.

I even had a hard time finding the link after you pointed it out. I thought the column on the right was advertising so I kept skimming over it and was afraid to click on the download button because it looks like a generic "Spam" button. I am a new user and don't know my way yet.

Consider rewording the link from "Download File" to "Download - Layer Via Copy/Cut" or "Download This Plugin" to help clarify.

Thanks again for taking the time to help me out I really appreciate it.

Do svidaniya!

slybug Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Do svidaniya Terry! You're welcome!
A fair point about Download link.
tmpullen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Trying to download layer via copy/cut but I can not find the link. Tried MS Explorer and Firefox and clicked on every link on the page... no luck. Help!
slybug Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Print-screen: [link]
kimmie8000 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This will not work for me I have copied all files over and I have phyton installed. Please help.
kimmie8000 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This is the error message I am getting.
Calling error for procedure 'gimp-procedural-db-proc-info':
Procedure 'gimp-item-is-layer' not found
slybug Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
In GIMP 2.8:
Help > Procedure Browser
Search: "gimp-item-is-layer"
slybug Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
It's strange. This procedure is present in Gimp 2.8
1lilwatcher Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Excellent plugin. It helps alot, thanks.
Dembos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Sammeydw Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Thank You!
This is providing a badly needed feature.
Yes, I can do similar with what gimp comes with.
But using the tool gimp comes with it requires at least 5 steps.
Your is just "copy/cut and paste".
Yours is a welcome relief. :)
KovtunOS Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Thanks so much. Very useful plugin.
slybug Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
You are welcome!
groovyjeff Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Where would I find the /.gimp-2.x/plug-ins directory? I have Gimp 2.8 but am having trouble finding the directory.
slybug Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Under Windows XP the path should look like this:
\Documents and Settings\<username>\.gimp-2.8\plug-ins
Windows 7:
On Unix, the plug-in directory is usually located at:
rninishcap Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
How did you get GIMP 2.8?
I've been trying to get it all day. I have 2.6, so I tried to update it with a command I found online. But I'm not completely sure where I'm supposed to put it, and no matter what I do, it still isn't updated to 2.8 ;_;
Phelipefox Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I use Gimp 2.8 on Windows and Linux and in Linux to upgrade of 2.6 for 2.8.. Open the Terminal and type sudo apt-get update, wait and last type the command sudo apt-get install gimp, here its ok!
slybug Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Sorry, can’t help you. I'm using Gimp 2.8 on Windows.
rninishcap Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aw, okay. :c
Wastelander7 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thanks for this!
slybug Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
You are welcome!
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