In Photoshop when I remove an area from a layer by selecting the area and pressing the delete button, then the removed area becomes transparent.

By Gimp the area gets the color of the background (white). Is there a way to have a photoshop like behavior in Gimp or make parts of a layer transparent?

Another solution would be for my problem to copy an area into a new layer with transparent background, but that does not work out of the box either. :S Okay, I figured out this latter one, it is copy visible & paste.

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    Surprisingly, I don't think this question has been asked on the site before. It's a very common question for new Gimp users.
    – Stevoisiak
    Jun 19, 2017 at 19:45

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Click on Layers -> Transparency -> Add Alpha Channel.

From now on, if you delete a part of the image, then the area will become transparent.

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