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scrolling layers

Apr 5, 2011, 11:43
Post: #1
scrolling layers
right i have been trying out gimp and i'm getting the hang of the basics but what i would like to know is how can i scroll multiple layers on the same image,

i have been using the 'move path' function and i can get one layer to scroll but how do i add more layers to the image? i want one text layer to scroll horizontally and then another different text layer to scroll vertically but at the moment i only get one or the other.

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Apr 5, 2011, 15:50
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RE: scrolling layers
If you use layers, using the Layers dialog (Ctrl-L, or Window/Dockable Dialogs/Layers) is a must.

"scrolling" layers? What do you mean? If you want to move several layers together you can link them in the layers dialog. You cannot move two layers at the same time in different directions.

To add more layers: in the image menubar: Layer/New layer, or Layer/Duplicate layer, you'll also find the same items in the right-click menu in the layers list.

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Apr 5, 2011, 17:13
Post: #3
RE: scrolling layers
ok i'll try and explain it as best i can, i'm trying to make animated .gifs

i save the background as filename_000001.xcf
then make duplicate frames
then i make a text layer
then on the background window i select video>move path
then i set it up so the text scrolls across the background layer
hit anim preview and check

what i want to do is have multiple text layers scrolling in different directions across the same background, i have a 'merge animation' function which i have just installed, this allows me to achieve what i want with limited results but i have to repeat the above steps for each text layer, i was hoping there is a way to do it all in one go. i have seen gifs with multiple texts moving in different directions and i was hoping to do the same.
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Apr 5, 2011, 19:16
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RE: scrolling layers
Ok, I see... I'm not too familiar with the animation tools in Gimp. Basically you need to move your layers independently, then duplicate them and merge the duplicates to make a new frame for the animation. Not very difficult with a script.

Or you can do two animations, and then merge them with this script:

http://registry.gimp.org/node/24408

and merge the result with a third animation, etc...

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Apr 5, 2011, 21:39
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RE: scrolling layers
i've actually installed the script to merge animations already but i cant get the second animation to keep a transparent background when i merge them so it ends up blocking out the background animation.

which script will i need to duplicate and merge the layers? i've been looking but i'm a bit lost

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Apr 5, 2011, 22:03
Post: #6
RE: scrolling layers
(Apr 5, 2011 21:39)philtered76 Wrote:  i've actually installed the script to merge animations already but i cant get the second animation to keep a transparent background when i merge them so it ends up blocking out the background animation.

which script will i need to duplicate and merge the layers? i've been looking but i'm a bit lost

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Post you two XCF here... actually that script does more or less what I told you my hypothetic script would do: it takes one layer in each image and merges them to make one layer in the final image.

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Apr 6, 2011, 13:02
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RE: scrolling layers
i used this tutorial for the animation tools, mostly about changing paths to make text scroll

http://www.gimptalk.com/index.php?/topic...ling-text/

if you look at this thread on the same site, on page 3 post 8 a guy called pk kingz pk has managed to get 2 different texts to move about, sort of what i'm looking to do. i'm waiting for them to send me validation email so i can log in and ask how he did it, been waiting a while though!

http://www.gimptalk.com/index.php?/topic...ge__st__40


is there anyway to select multiple layers and make the same changes to each layer simultaneously?

cheers.
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Apr 6, 2011, 13:04 (This post was last modified: Apr 6, 2011 13:09 by philtered76.)
Post: #8
RE: scrolling layers
edit: i can't really post the .xcf's as they were just random squiggles i made just to try and learn how to use the gimp, the gifs i have made so far are in this gallery, i'm not the greatest artist and i've only been gimping for about a week.

http://www.iimmgg.com/gallery/gd144f7f2b...22f36bca9/

and yeah, i'm a big fan of V, lol
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Apr 6, 2011, 14:16
Post: #9
RE: scrolling layers
(Apr 6, 2011 13:04)philtered76 Wrote:  edit: i can't really post the .xcf's as they were just random squiggles i made just to try and learn how to use the gimp, the gifs i have made so far are in this gallery, i'm not the greatest artist and i've only been gimping for about a week.
I'm not expecting work of art... but if I try on my side and it works, it will be hard to find out where you went wrong.

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