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How to stop GIF's layer merging

Jun 30, 2012, 14:33
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How to stop GIF's layer merging
Hey,

Im new to gimp and wanted to make a GIF. I watched a few Youtube videos and followed all the steps until saving as a GIF. On the versions they used (i am using 2.8) there was a box to stop it merging layers but i can not see this on 2.8.
Now whenever i save as a GIF and try and use it, it only shows the last layer.

PS i know you need to export to save as a GIF.

Thanks!
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Jun 30, 2012, 16:27
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
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Jun 30, 2012, 16:57
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging

Thats what the videos were showing but i dont get this screen mine goes straight to
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Jun 30, 2012, 17:07 (This post was last modified: Jun 30, 2012 17:08 by ofnuts.)
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
You save with a PNG extension ("CF UK ore gif.png") so it saves the file as a PNG. To save as a GIF, specify a GIF extension ("CF UK ore.gif"), click the "Export" button, and you will get the GIF save options above.

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Jun 30, 2012, 22:11 (This post was last modified: Jun 30, 2012 22:12 by michael_scott.)
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
Sorry that was a mistake by me i actually have been doing that that was just the origonal name i know to put .gif afterwards

(as you can see in the lower part of the screen shot)
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Jun 30, 2012, 22:22
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
So what dialog do you get next if you use a .GIF extension and hit "Export"?

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Jun 30, 2012, 22:59
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
(Jun 30, 2012 22:22)ofnuts Wrote:  So what dialog do you get next if you use a .GIF extension and hit "Export"?

None it just saves
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Jun 30, 2012, 23:22
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
Try to save under another name... (just in case Gimp reuses a previous setting seeing its the same file)

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Jun 30, 2012, 23:34
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That didnt work either. Is there any other way to save it as an animation? i just need it for a website.
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Jul 1, 2012, 00:19
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
Works for me, but in 2.6 and 2.7... I'm surprised it wouldn't work for you.

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Jul 1, 2012, 10:38
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(Jul 1, 2012 00:19)ofnuts Wrote:  Works for me, but in 2.6 and 2.7... I'm surprised it wouldn't work for you.

Hmm ill keep trying but thanks for the help. Smile
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Jul 1, 2012, 11:49
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
One possibility is that it's not really saved as GIF... Have you checked it's really in GIF format (it should have GIF89 somewhere at the top)?

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Jul 2, 2012, 11:03
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
Dont know exactly what you meen but this is what happens when i open the GIF.

[Image: Untitled.png]

Also that is the last slide which makes me think the layers are merging.
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Jul 2, 2012, 12:12 (This post was last modified: Jul 2, 2012 12:16 by ofnuts.)
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(Jul 2, 2012 11:03)michael_scott Wrote:  Dont know exactly what you meen but this is what happens when i open the GIF.

[Image: Untitled.png]

Also that is the last slide which makes me think the layers are merging.
What I mean is that the file can be called FOO.GIF but still have contents in JPEG or PNG format. The ".GIF" extension is really meant as an indication for humans, the display software has other means to know how to decode the data to produce the image.

Copy it to another file with a .TXT extension, and open in a text editor (Notepad/Wordpad). If it's really a GIF the first line will start with GIF87a or GIF89a (GIF89a mandatory if is is an animation). You can also see "PNG" (starting at 2nd character of first line) for PNG or "JFIF" (at 7th characters) for JPEG.

Or post it here (cropped to a 20x20 corner to protect actual contents if needed).

PS: by the way, when you reload the produced GIF into Gimp, do you get the original layers? And what are their names? (especially the mode/delay part)

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Jul 2, 2012, 13:55 (This post was last modified: Jul 2, 2012 13:58 by michael_scott.)
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RE: How to stop GIF's layer merging
I have all the layers set to (1500 ms)
I will try what you said and let you know
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