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Background Disappears??

Oct 12, 2011, 20:43 (This post was last modified: Oct 17, 2011 13:50 by AshleyMichelle.)
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Background Disappears??
So I'm trying to mak a .gif, however, whenever I paste something into a white background, the white background disappears which makes it really hard to position the object I want to paste correctly. It just started doing this, it wasn't like this before. Any suggestions?
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Oct 12, 2011, 22:39
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RE: Backg Disappears??
If any of your image is in indexed mode, convert if back to RGB (Image/Mode/RGB)

On the whole, GIF is a very limited format, in most uses, except animation, PNG is a better format (see http://gimpforums.com/thread-pros-and-co...ge-formats ), so avoid it as much as possible. And when you reallt have to use it, convert to GIF as a last step to avoid problems caused by color indexing (especially when you merge contents from several images).

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Oct 15, 2011, 20:16
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None of my pictures are set to indexed, yet it is still having the same problems. Not sure what to do
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Oct 15, 2011, 20:16
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RE: Backg Disappears??
None of my pictures are set to indexed, yet it is still having the same problems. Not sure what to do
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Oct 15, 2011, 20:52
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RE: Backg Disappears??
Post the affected picture here (as .XCF) as well as what you want to paste in it. Or PM me the (private) URLs you can obtain from image sharing sites.

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Oct 17, 2011, 13:46
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RE: Backg Disappears??
It's not so much as the background disappearing only when pasting a picture. If I insert a text box, the background becomes invisible as well.
My short time solution has been to make the grid visible, thay way I can see the borders of the image I'm creating.
I'm not home, so I can't post a picture now. I'm considering uninstalling and reinstalling if the problem permits.
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Oct 17, 2011, 15:21 (This post was last modified: Oct 17, 2011 15:23 by ofnuts.)
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I don't think reinstalling will fix anything. I can't really figure out what you describe as the "background becomes invisible". Can you make screen captures before/after and post them here? I think this is just a misunderstandfing of the behavior of Gimp.

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Oct 17, 2011, 20:45
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RE: Background Disappears??
So I have just a plain white background. For this example, I am going to just try adding my forum name as text.

This is the background

[Image: fc8yc.png]

Now I want to insert text. All I did was click Text tool. This is what happens

[Image: sys6tx.png]

As you can tell, I can no longer see the border of the white background, I can only see the border of the text layer. As soon as I anchor the floating text, I can see it again. This makes it very hard to position things because I can't see the edges of my background
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Oct 17, 2011, 23:49
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RE: Background Disappears??
Aw, yes.... this is normal behavior... the dotted lines show the outline of the selected/active layer, so as soon as you add a layer, it may not indicate the background unless it is the active layer. If you want to position things on the background, however, there are several cases:
  • The background is an image and you use the image itself to position your new layer (for instance moving a name over someone's head), finding the border isn't important
  • The background is uniform: if you want to center or align the edges of things you move, there is the Align tool ( Align ) you can also use Guides (Image/Guides) or a grid (Image/Configure grid) to have the things you move "snap" to the guides when they get close. The edge of the canvas (and the background usually covers the canvas exactly) can also be made snap targets (se the various "View/Snap .. " options)
  • Otherwise you can also delineate your background permanently with guides: make background the active layer, "Select/All", and "Image/Guides/New guides from selection"

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Oct 18, 2011, 22:12
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RE: Background Disappears??
Okay, not exactly to the point where it was before, but I can definitely work with it better.

One more question if you don't mind.

I'm having problems anchoring text layers. It just wont anchor. It doesn't even have the option to anchor. It has never done this either, it's always worked just fine for me.

It seems as though things changed overnight, because all the problems started at the same time.
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Oct 18, 2011, 22:12 (This post was last modified: Oct 18, 2011 22:19 by AshleyMichelle.)
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RE: Background Disappears??
Okay, not exactly to the point where it was before, but I can definitely work with it better.

Thanks so much!
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Oct 18, 2011, 23:40
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RE: Background Disappears??
You don't "anchor" text layers in Gimp. Anchoring only applies to "floating selection", which you get when you paste things, or when you apply some transform to a selected part of a layer.

Text layers are mostly regular layers, that lose their "text" status when you apply some transformations to them (they then become regular layers and the text can no longer be edited or have its font changed)(*).

(*) The more skilled users do not apply transforms to text layers anyway: they create a "path" from the text, apply the transforms to the path, and stroke/fill it as late as possible in the process.

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Oct 19, 2011, 15:51
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RE: Background Disappears??
(Oct 18, 2011 23:40)ofnuts Wrote:  You don't "anchor" text layers in Gimp. Anchoring only applies to "floating selection", which you get when you paste things, or when you apply some transform to a selected part of a layer.

Text layers are mostly regular layers, that lose their "text" status when you apply some transformations to them (they then become regular layers and the text can no longer be edited or have its font changed)(*).

(*) The more skilled users do not apply transforms to text layers anyway: they create a "path" from the text, apply the transforms to the path, and stroke/fill it as late as possible in the process.

Meant to delete that post. Anyways, thanks for the explanation. As you can tell, I still haven't quite learned some of the terms and reasoning of GIMP. But thanks for the help, you've been great!
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Oct 19, 2011, 19:49
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RE: Background Disappears??
There are no stupid questions...

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