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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 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, 20:16
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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 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, 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 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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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 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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