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Q: How to use animated gifs as layers in gimp / photoshop

Discussion in 'Graphic Design' started by Hinkys, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Hinkys

    Hinkys Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Mar 3, 2012
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    So basicaly what the title says, any help from you seasoned designers would be most appreciated.

    I'm trying to place an animated logo and other animated stuff, which are .gif, on top of my .jpg banner. But if I do it just using "Open as Layer" I get a static image. (The final version of banner would naturally be .gif, but I'd rather build all the animated stuff and the static part of the banner separately and then just put them together in a new project)

    Is there a way to do this or do I have to make the whole banner's background and animated stuff in one project with 1000s of layers and then export it as a gif ? :S (which I really really don't want to do)

    I'd prefer to do it in gimp since I'm more familiar with it but a photoshop solution would also be just fine.
  2. decent11

    decent11 Newbie

    Nov 25, 2010
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    Unfortunately in gimp, You have to do it layer by layer. To do this you would have to take the already made gifs, and seperate each frame/layer and save them each as a .png. Then you would put them all back together the way you want with the banner/photo in every layer/frame.

    It's a headache if you already have the gifs made or are using pre-made gifs and want to add things like words etc. But the good news is their is software to take and save every layer as an individual photo's FYI search google for gif splitter. I also suggest not using the .jpg format, only use .png when making animated gifs or you will run into quality issues with the final product.
  3. Furiousx

    Furiousx Newbie

    Jan 12, 2011
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    Use Image Ready for .gifs