tendoctor asked: Hello, I need your help. I am learning how at insert an animated gif in a static image. But when I save, obligatory in gif format, the picture is all stained. How can I do? I am attaching two sample images, gif and jpg format in my blog. Name of the images "Tardis" Please help me ! Sorry for my bad english
Because of limitations of GIF format it can only hold 256 colors, that’s why image looks worse after exporting to gif. Try going to Image - Mode - Indexed and select dithering: Positioned. This will convert your image to limited color palette, but will use this palette in such a way to simulate intermediate colors, so it will look better than without any dithering.
Anonymous asked: Okay, so everything is working (yay fabulous). But one slight problem, the gif has fuzzy white dots which flash every few frames. I tried to optimize it for a gif, which didn't help at all. I would love a reply.
Without the example it’s hard to tell, but you were editing an existing gif, right? Did you Unoptimize it before editing (Filters - Animation - Unoptimize)? When gif is optimized only differences between frames are stored in each layer but it should look exactly the same. However when you edit it, it’s generally preferable to have full contents of a frame in each layer, which is what Unoptimize does.
Anonymous asked: it seems like I can't find a way to copy animstack scm. into a folder... how was it again? in your instructions it said that I would find a list of folders in Scripts, I did find the one you recommended (C:\Users) but don't know what to do next... help please D:
You’re basically asking how to copy files in your operating system, and this is outside of scope of this blog. Try drag-and-dropping it, or something.
ladybuhg asked: Hi, so I've been using animstack for a good bit now and I sometimes have this problem to where, after I do the animstack thing, the colors change. I'll have the xcf I want to use over the images and I know I like the coloring, so I change the names of the xcf colors to [fg] bottom to top, run the thing, and then suddenly it doesn't look like it was supposed to. Sometimes I have this problem and sometimes I don't. Any idea as to what causes it and how to fix it?
- Could be related to your image being in Indexed color mode (though Animstack doesn’t work at all in this mode, so probably not). Make sure Image - Mode - RGB is checked.
- Your source gif could be “optimized” which make cause strange things to happen when editing it. Try Filters - Animation - Unoptimize before doing anything.
- Could be something to do with specific layer modes used in xcf for effects. This is impossible to tell unless the example file is provided.
- Does this happen only after converted to GIF? GIF can only contain 256 colors, so color quality is always lost when exporting to this format. Perhaps the algorithm is having a hard time converting your image to only 256 colors and picks the wrong ones. Make sure your layers are not bigger than your actual image size. If this is not the case, Select All and do Image - Crop to selection.
Anonymous asked: Just tried Animstackscm in GIMP Portable 2.8.8, seems to be missing Filters > Animation "Process AnimStack Tags". There is a "Selection to AnimImage" and "Filter > Filter all Layers" but it doesn't work even on logo-0.6.xcf
There is no such options (“Selection to AnimImage”, ”Filter > Filter all Layers”) in Animstack. Must be some other plugin or script. You probably have installed it in the wrong folder (must be one of the folders in Edit-Preferences/Folders/Scripts).
tokyo-ghouuls asked: Hi! i just downloaded animstack and everything appears well. but when i try to process animstack tags the effect will only appear for a second before it deletes the first layer and goes back the what is was before i tried to process the tags. I added [fg] to the layer and set it on top of the other layers. Why does this happen? is there a way to fix this?
This is strange indeed. Do you perhaps have square brackets ([ and ]) in your layer names? Maybe if you could send me your .xcf project or screenshots before/after, so that I could have some clues of what’s happening.