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I have an image with the effect of wooden text inlaid within another species of wood.

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I would now like to change the text. However, I would then need to reapply all of the layer masking, resizing and other effects that I made to the text to create this effect originally.

Is it possible to achieve a more elegant workflow where I can make changes to objects created early on and then all subsequent effects built on those objects propagate automatically? I think this is known as parametric design.

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    The key search term that I think might be helpful for you is "non-destructive" – JohnB Oct 15 '14 at 15:33
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    With Photoshop, it's a simple matter to configure a layer style for the text and save that style. I don't know if GIMP offers any similar functionality. – Scott Oct 15 '14 at 15:36
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You can't, yet.

In the current development cycle of GIMP (that's 2.9.x, to be released as GIMP 2.10.x) the foundations for non-destructive editing are laid. It is expected to have this in GIMP 3.x.

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