allow arbitrary XCF files as templates for new images
Submitted by Albert Cahalan
As a work-around for other gimp limitations (Bug #165023 for example, but there are other uses -- cafepress.com templates come to mind), people working with transparency must frequently add and remove more-or-less undesired layers to their images. Please add something to make this automatic.
Let the user choose some set of layers to appear in EVERY image, being placed there as the image is loaded. Have these layers marked to be excluded when the image is saved, so that they don't end up in the resulting file.
So if I do "gimp foo.xcf", where foo.xcf does not contain any such layers, the layers will be added for the duration of my editing. The layers are not saved back into foo.xcf, some new bar.xcf file, or into any other (*.png for example) file.
BTW, in case you think this is horrid, note that the simple and obvious idea was rejected. Perhaps it would be better to reconsider that instead. But hey, this might be easier to code and generally useful. One could use this feature for dealing with cafepress.com templates, a trianglular grid guide pattern, whatever...