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paths disappear after saving and closing a file

Jan 6, 2011, 00:36
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paths disappear after saving and closing a file
Hi GIMPers,

I started using GIMP on a PC a couple of months ago after developing skills in PS over the years on my Macs at home and at work.

I like GIMP and it's stable nature along with everything else... in addition to allot of standard photo editing and graphics creation, I recently used it for some of the animation filters, which are nice.

The only problem I'm having is that when I create a path, or multiple paths, and have them in the paths palette, after I save and close the file that contains the paths, the next time I open that file my paths are gone... completely disappeared.

Does anyone know a solution to this problem or know what I may be doing wrong?

Thanks so much,

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Jan 6, 2011, 07:41
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
Works for me... When you say the paths are gone, do you mean you don't see them over the image or that the path list is empty? Is Edit/Stroke path greyed out? If not there still at least one path available.

And what version of Gimp are you using?

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Jan 6, 2011, 07:48
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
This is the 2.6.11 version of GIMP.

No matter how many paths I have created that show up in my paths palette, I save the file and close it, then the next time I open the file, or even do a "save as", the original file has no paths in the palette or anywhere when I re-open it.

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Jan 6, 2011, 23:31
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
Do you save the file using the native GIMP format (XCF)?

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Jan 6, 2011, 23:40
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
No, I save my files in PSD or TIFF so they will open in PS and other photo editing apps... these formats save my paths in other photo editing apps so I would figure that they would be able to be saved in the same formats in GIMP.

Does the XCF format open in PS ?

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Jan 8, 2011, 21:52 (This post was last modified: Jan 8, 2011 21:54 by ofnuts.)
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
(Jan 6, 2011 23:40)digiday Wrote:  No, I save my files in PSD or TIFF so they will open in PS and other photo editing apps... these formats save my paths in other photo editing apps so I would figure that they would be able to be saved in the same formats in GIMP.

Does the XCF format open in PS ?

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I don't think PS supports the XCF format. But as a far as I can tell, saving to TIFF saves the paths. Maybe your TIFF export uses an option that disables the paths. What options are you using?

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Jan 8, 2011, 22:09
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
I just get the standard choices in an interface when I save to the TIFF format... "Compression - None - LZW - Pack Bits - Deflate - JPEG"... I always choose, "None".

Not being able to save paths in PSD is a huge drawback... and this installation of GIMP 2.6 doesn't save paths in TIFF no matter what I do.

This could be a major upgrade change to make in the next version... SAVE PATHS IN PSD AND IN TIFF FORMATS LIKE OTHER PHOTO EDITING APPS.

If XCF won't open in other apps, what good is it... proprietary formats only make using GIMP a drawback.

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Jan 8, 2011, 22:48
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
Gimp saves paths in TIFF. Download this file (very small TIFF): http://dl.free.fr/iz7VmWrJ0

It should contain three paths, one with two polygons, one with a closed curve, and one with is the path of the "TEXT TO PATH".

Do the paths show up in Gimp? Do they show up in PS or other applications?

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Oct 7, 2012, 17:34
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
Has anyone figured this out yet? I seem to be having the same problem, the only way the paths save are as xcf's. When I export the file as anything else (jpeg, tif, gif) all I see is the layer, all of the text paths are missing. This is driving me nuts, any help would be appreciated!
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Oct 7, 2012, 17:41
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
The lines you see that indicate the paths (which come and go if you change the path visibility) are just indications, like the marching ants for the selection or the guides or the grid...

If you want the path to be part of the picture it has to be "stroked" (which is only one of its uses, it can be used to create a selection, or as a guide...)

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Oct 7, 2012, 18:08
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
The paths are stroked, they are words in a circle. I can see the words in GIMP and they save as GIMP files but when I export the file in another format all I get is the background circle. None of the words (which are stroked paths) show up.
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Oct 7, 2012, 22:10
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RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
(Oct 7, 2012 18:08)drbetsy86 Wrote:  The paths are stroked, they are words in a circle. I can see the words in GIMP and they save as GIMP files but when I export the file in another format all I get is the background circle. None of the words (which are stroked paths) show up.

Can you attach the XCF here (or elsewhere and provide he URL)?

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Oct 8, 2012, 03:23
Post: #13
RE: paths disappear after saving and closing a file
drbetsy86,

Your key words that you used are "...but when I export the file in another format...".

What is your definition of "another format"?... that's a very broad term.

If you save it to a PSD, it will not carry over your paths to Photoshop and you won't save your paths in a PSD even if you re-open it in GIMP.

Saving paths in the JPEG format does not work either under any circumstances... some people are confused about even that.

If you want to save your paths, save to the proprietary GIMP .XCF format... of course that only works to save your paths if you are going to re-open the file again in GIMP.

If you want to save your paths in GIMP and then re-open that file along with its paths in Photoshop or another photo editor that supports paths, then you need to save the file to a TIFF format.
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