Anonymous asked: when I only want to process 1 layer is it fine to just name it [fg] ?
If you only have one layer, what do you want it to be a foreground of? There needs to be at least one layer without tags.
Anonymous asked: when i process animstack it just deletes the layer?
Please provide more information, such as what layers do you have and their exact names, or even better the file itself. It appears that the tag(s) you placed on your layer do nothing, and then the layer gets deleted, which is to be expected. For example if you place a layer with [fg] at the bottom, it will do nothing, or the one with [bg] at the top. I have no way to know what you’re trying to do.
ladyintheattic asked: im having a problem with my animstack: every time i put [fg] and [bg] on the layers i want and click "process animstack tags", the [fg] is deleted and nothing else happens. how can i send you the .xcf file for help?
Just upload it to Mediafire and send me the link in the ask (replace dots with spaces if Tumblr complains about urls in the ask).
Or, alternatively, send me a link to a screenshot of your layer panel.
Anonymous asked: Hi! First of all i want to thank you for creating such great tool as AnimStack. As soon as I get better at it I'm totally going to do some tutorials. I wanted to do something similar with [scatter] like you did with these snowflakes, but in my case there is sky with blinking stars. I did layer group with roll tag containing star animation and now im stuck. I want to copy and paste this stars randomly on the sky. Is there any way to randomly copy&paste whole layer group?
Well, it’s pretty much like in the video, you use [!scatter] to move star to a random position at the beginning and also add a multiply tag [*number] to copy the star layer group number times (this happens before scatter).
But the important thing is, you must crop the star layer to it’s actual size, it won’t work if it’s image sized because it won’t be able to move it anywhere. Use Layer-Autocrop Layer to do it quickly (it works even on layer groups).
Also, it will place stars really randomly which means they might overlap, or all get bunched to one side and so on. You might need to undo and redo it several times until they are distributed nicely. Or just do it manually :)
excusis asked: hello! okay so every time i try to save a gif after using animstack it says that i have to convert the mode to either indexed or grayscale. So when i go back it won't let me convert it to indexed and i don't want it in black in white. I try to convert it to indexed before but then it won't let me hit process animstack tags. i've uninstalled and reinstalled it twice, i have gimp 2,8 and everything else works fine like GAP, what should i do?
You can convert to Indexed or export to GIF only if all layer groups are flattened (this is a deficiency of the current version of GIMP). This is unfortunate, as Animstack is built around the concept of layer groups. Fortunately it’s easy to flatten all layer groups at once, just go to Image menu and select “Flatten Layer Groups”.
- Indexed mode in GIMP doesn’t support layer groups
- Animstack uses layer groups and doesn’t work in Indexed mode
- images must be converted to Indexed mode before exporting to GIF, because GIF is an image format limited to 256 colors
- to convert an RGB mode image that has layer groups in it to Indexed mode, you need to flatten all layer groups either manually or via the abovementioned menu command
Hopefully that helps.
if-it-fits-it-ships asked: hi, recently my Animstack has been having strange problems. Whenever I go click 'Process Animstack Tags', nothing happens. sometimes, it will simply get rid of all the layers that contain [fg] or any other types of tags. I've had this program for close to a year now, and nothing bad's happened to it before. I've tried re-installing it, but it still didn't fix it. any suggestions?
Are you sure your layers don’t have brackets (“[” and “]”) in their names? Otherwise I don’t know what could be wrong. If you can somehow send me an xcf that doesn’t work (via some sort of filesharing service), I might be able to help.
Anonymous asked: Hi, using the tutorials i've created a simple animation ontop of a [bg]. I can't seem to figure out how I can start a second and third animation on that same bg sequentially or after x amount of time
I assume you added background to some frames, but want to add it to a few more? Put new frames on top of the layer stack and a copy of your background below them, but above the completed frames. [bg] tag only affects the frames above it, so your completed frames will be unaffected. But I may have misunderstood your question.
Anonymous asked: Change Opacity Progressively. After viewing all your tutorials (several times), I still can't figure out how to make the required amount frames progressively change. Example: [frame*20] [opacity -5] (each frame). The frame would start @ 100/opacity and then drop -5 in each, or reverse from 0 opacity, then 5 then 10, etc. Any advise would be very helpful DmanCruise
I answered a similar question before, which you can find here. Another option is to arrange layers like this:
Anonymous asked: hi! i have animstack in my gimp and i can see the process animstack tags but i can't click it .. how can i fix this?
Your image is in Indexed mode. See FAQ.
Anonymous asked: I downloaded the script. I tried to do what you said to install it, but edit-preferences-folder only shows me two folder: temps folder and exchange folder (or something like this). Is the scrip folder supposed to be there? I have gimp 2.8.10
Click on [+] next to Folders to expand it.