Re: [Gimp-developer] Enhancement Request for GIMP: Clone layers

On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 4:13 AM, Miguel Lopez <reptillia39 live com> wrote:
Hi GIMP developers,

Complying with the wishes of developers - " An enhancement request should never be filed without prior 
discussion on the gimp-developer mailing list<>."

That being said, I wonder if GIMP would benefit from clone layers found in Krita. Clone layers enables 
automated editing by simply copy and pasting. Like literally, you don't need to copy and paste or change 
layers manually, and you can do some quick operations without the need for scripting for some tasks. Like 
say, if you can use group as a clone layer, you can literally use a clone layer of a group into different 
group with different layers overlay, and automate your editing.

In the long run, when GIMP 3.x comes, this may introduce issue such as massive slowdowns as if you were to 
clone a group with filter layers on it, this would severely slow down editing at the benefit of enabling 
automated editing which save time in the long run.Also, there does seem to be a issue of loop to be 

Clones in the layer stack is the direction I have been pushing GIMP
towards since 2007/2008, but GIMP takes a lot of time to catch up. Any
acyclic processing graph consisting of only nodes with 1 output pad
and 1-2 input pads can be expressed as a node-tree with clones. And
conversion can be automatic, this is also how the GEGL XML
representation of arbitrary graphs is expressed.

/Øyvind K -

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