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If you copy an image in Nautilus, you can't directly paste it in an image editor, like GIMP, because the file is copied and not the image itself.

Here's where the Nautilus CopyPaste Images extension comes in. This small extension, created by Lorenzo from atareao.es, allows you to copy and paste images as... images, and not as files.

The extension doesn't change the way copy / paste works and instead, it adds an extra context menu option which allows you to copy the image:


When selecting CopyPaste Images > Copy image, the actual image is copied (ready to be pasted in an image editor for instance) and not the file.

In the same way, if you have an actual image on your clipboard and not just an image file, you can select CopyPaste Images > Paste image to create a new file with the clipboard image, or directly paste the image in an app such as GIMP.

Update: Initially I converted this extension to work with Nemo however, it caused crashes, at least with Nemo 2.8.x, so I decided to remove it (right now, the package from the Nemo WebUpd8 PPA is empty so everyone updating it should get rid of this issue).

Install CopyPaste Images extension for Nautilu

Install CopyPaste Images extension for Nautilus by using the Atareao Nautilus Extensions PPA. Add the PPA, install the extension in Ubuntu 14.04 and 15.10, and restart Nautilus, using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/nautilus-extensions
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nautilus-copypaste-images
nautilus -q
If you don't want to add the PPA, download the deb (or the source) from HERE.

thanks to atareao.es!