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How to Fix Animation "Trailing" in Gimp



So, you just made an animation in gimp on a transparent background. You go to save it, check the animation for last minute fixes, and BAM! The animation looks like this!:noes:
Float1 by IceXDragon

You are probably wondering, "What did I do wrong?" or how do I fix this?". Well if this has ever happened to you and you're still wondering how to fix it, than please read the rest of this tutorial.:D

Note that this tutorial is only guaranteed to work in Gimp (You can get a free copy at gimp.org). This method may work in other programs, but Gimp is the only program I have that officially supports animation.;)

Let's begin!:eager:

Gimptut1 by IceXDragon
So after you have made your animation, just save it like you would normally. If you normally just press the save button, make sure to press "Save As" instead.:meow:
If you use gimp 2.8. or newer, press "Export" instead of "Save as".

Gimptut2 by IceXDragon

After you save it as whatever name you want to call it, made sure to add .gif to the end of it.:nod: Then press the "Save".

Gimptut3 by IceXDragon

IMPORTANT!  When this box pops up, make sure to press the "Save as Animation" option. If you don't it will default to the "Merge Visible Layers" option, and you don't want that for animations.:giggle:

Untitled Drawing by IceXDragon

When this box pops up, click on the sassy drop down tab that says "I don't care:icondivaplz:" (the one being pointed at), and then press "One frame per layer (replace)". Above that box (the one that says "100"), you can change the frame rate too.:nod: I'm going to keep this animation at 100ms (1/10 of a second) per frame.:nod: After you do that press "Save".

Float2 by IceXDragon
And there you have it! I now have a clean looking floaty text that doesn't trail!:dummy:

That's it! I hope you found this tutorial helpful!:D If you have any further questions please ask in the comments section.;)





Learn how to fix animation "Trailing" with this tutorial!:eager:
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AkujiTheron Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong .-. It hasn't given me the 'save as animation' option when i try, so the layers just stack over each other and look dumb x.x
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What version of gimp do you have?
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AkujiTheron Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I THINK it is 2.8, not home to check atm
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, in this tutorial I used 2.6 (I should update it soon.:shifty:), so it is a little different now.:giggle:

Instead of clicking File>Save As, go to File>Export, and then follow the rest of the steps like in the tutorial.;)
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AkujiTheron Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe i tried that but not everything I needed popped up o.O I'll have to try this again to see where exactly things didn't show up...
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope it works out! I just got a new computer, so here soon after carbonite gets done downloading all of the files on to this computer, I'll mess around with the new gimp and see what's up. Somebody else said they had the same problem as you.D:
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eunhoonie Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2014
Waaaah! Thank you so much. I was shocked that it was too simple to move out something.. The move tool -.- ~ Kaaaay.. But anyway, thanks again. :) i figured something new about gimp cause i'm new to it so i'm not use to it.. :/ :(
Is there a way to edit the seconds of the animation every layer?
For example, in layer one 1 second and then for the second layer 2 seconds? Uhmm, is there? :)
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes there is!:la: just right click the layer you want to change, and at the end add (1000ms). Just change the number to however many milliseconds you want the layer to okay at.
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eunhoonie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
Okay thanks. :)
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem.:D
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Inoune Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I followed your tutorial since I now make avatars on still backgrounds.

End result: inoune.deviantart.com/art/Gif-…

So thank you for making this. It's very straight forward and easy to use. Though there is one small question I have. I'm trying to do the same thing with a Cinccino gif on the still background, but it still makes the evil trailing effect. I followed this tutorial but it's still there. I use Gimp 2.4 version. Do you have any suggestions?

Thank you in advance!
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I'm glad you found use out of it!:D 

hmm, did you make sure to try saving it to a gif from a different file format? For example, was it anything other than a gif, like a psd or xcf, before you changed the file type to a gif? Because if it was already a gif, and you try to resave it as a gif, the file will not change.
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Inoune Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, yes I saved it as a .gif. The original file format was a gif. I was resaving it after making changes (with my still background behind it). I was thinking it could be the amount of frames that gif has. It has 38 compared to the measly 4 frame layers the gif I showed you in my earlier comment.  I clicked "save as" to keep it as the same file type. 
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you haven't found a solution already (I know it has been a while since you wrote this), try saving the changes as a .xcf, and once it is saved as a .xcf, save it as a gif again. I'm not sure why, but gimp refuses to save changes to gifs if it was already a gif before.:shrug:
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ApplePawtomJeans Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah you're awesome thank you! <3
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!:boogie:
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heluethehedghehog Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg I love you thank you so much /( ;A;)/
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, no problem!:la: Glad you found it useful.:D
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Tattorack Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was so simple I feel stupid :stare:
Thanks, that was helpful ^^
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, don't worry, it took me almost a year to figure it out.:XD:

No problem!
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AJ333 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article, I'm sure this'll help a lot of people :) It took me ages to figure out Animations in GIMP.
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!:la:
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Savanah25 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice tutorial! I use gimp, and it took me weeks to figure this out when I first started using it.
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

Yeah, it can get really confusing.:giggle:
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SongOfLives Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Whooo~ cool I have't used Gimp's animation yet
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
Yay! Lovely tutorial!
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!:meow:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
:heart:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WIN.

Now all I have to figure out is how to get the animations to look good at different speeds. :shakefist:
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litecrush Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice tip! It took me forever to figure this out years ago. :slow:
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, you don't know how many tutorials I looked at to find this out when I needed to do it.:XD:
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great article! :D It's a shame you didn't write this mid-2012, I was trying to figure it out and went on a wild goose hunt all over the Internet. I managed to find it, but it took me a while. :P :giggle:
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, I did the same a few years ago.:giggle: Finally found it in a tutorial that was focusing on the animation, but still showed to press replace in that box.:nod: There was nothing on the internet that directly regarded my problem!:faint:
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You can also fix it in the preview by putting (replace) next to the layer name. :D
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! Just this way it automatically puts (replace) over all of them.:giggle:
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iAmoret Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
If, that is, you re-import it.
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pwassonne Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Please note that GIMP 2.8 and newer, in order to save an image as GIF, you have to click "Export" and not "Save As". Save As will only let you save as XCF (GIMP's native format).
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Touchè.
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IceXDragon Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thanks for the info.;) I'm still using 2.6.:giggle:

Added.:meow:
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pwassonne Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome =)
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, good point.
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Do you also have a tutorial about how to do animations by using frames in Gimp in general? :aww:
I'd love to animate my pictures by shooting series, but Photoscape is too unprofessional to do that. ;)
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I thought you used Photoshop Oli? :aww:
What did you do these in - [link]

I can help you with making an animation in GIMP, unless of course you want to wait for the tutorial. :nod:
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No, I do own CS2 now, because Adobe gave it away for free, but I cannot handle it. ^^;
I did the animations in Photoscape.


Of course I will wait!
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I see :D So did you do your past editing in Photoscape? :O Or GIMP?

Also, I'm not sure how Photoscape works, but I think it's pretty difficult to do the animations from videos in GIMP. :hmm:
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My animations are made of pictures coming straight from the camera. :aww: They are unedited, just put together in Photoscape.
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
So you take individual photos then, not videos? :aww:
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I take photos to make animations.
I cannot convert videos into gifs.. ^^;
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miontre Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I know how to do it in GIMP, but my computer can't handle it because there are so many frames ^^;
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