On 08/25/2013 07:36 AM, Steve Kinney wrote:
Hot tip: The menu at Image > Mode will allow you to convert from
Indexed (GIF native format) to RGB (a much more flexible format). When
you have to edit the content of GIF frames, make sure the image is set
to RGB format; many filters and tools either don't work, or work very
badly, in Indexed mode. The GIMP will convert an RGB image to Indexed
format when you export it as a GIF file. Have fun! :o) Steve
IMHO the real hot tip is to not edit GIFs...
Converting the image to RGB loses the colormap, and, if you introduce
new colors with your processing, and export to GIF with the defaults,
Gimp will create a new color map, and some of the old colors not in the
new color map will be approximated with some other color, which can
severely degrade the image quality (this often leads to jaggy lines).
If you don' t want introduce new colors, first export the colormap to a
palette(*), then convert to RGB, and, before exporting, explicitly
convert to indexed using the saved palette/colormap.
When you mix two images, all bets are off if they combined colormaps
total more than 256 colors.
(*) In the Palettes list, right click, "Import palette", and select
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