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Edit GIF image file

Sep 15, 2013, 20:22
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Edit GIF image file
I just installed GIMP. My experience is with office suites, like WordPerfect and Sun Open Office.

First, is this the official forum for gimp.org?

I need to edit a GIF image file. I have it loaded and converted to RGB. I cannot find anything on any menu about edit a GIF file. It is basically a horizontal rectangle with text on the left and a color on the right, and I just need to replace the text and change the font, without disturbing anything else. It needs to "fit" back into a webpage afterwards. As far as I can see, there is only one layer, if that makes any difference.

Can anyone give me the first few steps to get started?

Thanks!
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Sep 16, 2013, 05:17
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RE: Edit GIF image file
(Sep 15, 2013 20:37)ofnuts Wrote:  1) No, but there is no real official (read: developer supported) forum for Gimp.

2) GIF isn't really an editable format, editing a GIF is a bit like editing a PDF. Depending on what the background of the text is, it can be easier to redo the whole image if the background is simple. If it's complex (photo) then there are solutions (not very simple ones) but we would have to see the picture first to get an idea of the problem.

OK, so would editing in Corel Presentations or Open Office Draw, which can open and read GIF files, make any sense? How about from a complete redo proposition?

This is not a complex file, not a photo. How would I upload it?
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Sep 16, 2013, 06:07
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RE: Edit GIF image file
(Sep 16, 2013 05:17)MikeMac Wrote:  OK, so would editing in Corel Presentations or Open Office Draw, which can open and read GIF files, make any sense?

No, but you could try if it looks like a simple gif, I'm not familiar with how those two programs handle gif files for editing.

MikeMac Wrote:How about from a complete redo proposition?
This is not a complex file, not a photo. How would I upload it?

If the file is under 2-3 mbs(I think thats the limit) being that its not a complex gif, should be ok, attach your gif by clicking "new reply" and scrolling to the "Attachments" section. Choose file > Add attachment.

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Sep 20, 2013, 04:23
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RE: Edit GIF image file
[quote='ofnuts' pid='21494' dateline='1379277469']

Thanks, ofnuts.

Taking your cue, I'm starting a new file.

Step one:
I need to import a PDF file I created from WordPerfect which has 2 or 3 lines of text. I'm thinking I should set the font sizes in the PDF file to at least the size, or larger, than the size I want to end up with in the GIF that GIMP will create. From what I remember hearing about graphics and fonts is, an image gets fuzzy if you try to enlarge it, but will stay sharp if you keep it the same or reduce it later. This GIF will go on an HTML webpage.

Correct thinking?

Thanks.
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