GIMP Plugin – Search and Replace in Layer Names

If you use other tools such as khalim19’s Export Layers plugin that leverage Layer names, you may often need the facility to search and replace in layer names. This plugin should be of assistance..

Here’s the tool:

1. Copy this code into a text file:

2. Save the text file to: C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins (or your equivalent path)

3. Access the tool via: Edit > Search and Replace > Replace Layer Names

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  1. Thank you very much for programming this plugin for Gimp, I have consistently been doing more complex works like coloring, redrawing and animating things in a kinda ordered workflow, that involves creating lots of copies of layers that get autonumbered or get names from plugins like animstack, but since I want to keep track of what each layer does, instead of having them numbered like #5, #3, #2 in the lots of groups, I always wanted them to have names like shades, coloring, normal or multiply, overlay besides each general name layer, your plugin facilites this a ton when there are dozens of groups of layers, thanks again.

  2. Hiya,
    I am having trouble with installing this script. Am I simply supposed to put the file with the aforementioned content in the aforementioned folder, with the .txt extension? That does not seem to be working. Should it be .py instead? And should I place it in a dedicated folder?

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