I'm using GIMP to copy some layer out of a PSD file, But the layers are badly named, So I want to select the correct layer by clicking on the item I wanted to copy.

Which tool should I use, And please provide a screenshot.

Another problem is that sometimes you just can't click anywhere on the image since its layered.

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Open Gimp preferences by going to "Edit" menu.

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In "Preferences" dialog box click on "Tool Options" and enable the "set layer or path as active" option.

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Close the "Preferences". Now Click on your desired object and it's layer will be selected automatically. Hare's an example! enter image description here

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    Hell to tha yeah. Nov 15, 2016 at 17:31
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    You also have to Shift + Click with the move tool tested as of GIMP 2.10.18, perhaps this wasn't mentioned because it is obvious for more experience users :-) Apr 13, 2021 at 14:09

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