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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 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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BrookeTheFluff Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah you're awesome thank you! <3
IceXDragon Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!:boogie:
heluethehedghehog Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg I love you thank you so much /( ;A;)/
IceXDragon Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, no problem!:la: Glad you found it useful.:D
Tattorack Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was so simple I feel stupid :stare:
Thanks, that was helpful ^^
IceXDragon Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, don't worry, it took me almost a year to figure it out.:XD:

No problem!
AJ333 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.
IceXDragon Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Savanah25 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.
IceXDragon Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

Yeah, it can get really confusing.:giggle:
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