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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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steelermom Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  New member
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  New member 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   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 3 days ago  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!
comic-master Featured By Owner 2 days ago   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?
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