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June 1, 2012
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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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hasibuzzaman Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  New member Student Artist
Hello Slybug,

This is not working on Gimp 2.8.14 for Ubunto 14.04 lts
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
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.
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
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