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January 15, 2013
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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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eunhoonie Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2014  New member
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? :)
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.
Inoune Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I followed your tutorial since I now make avatars on still backgrounds.

End result:…

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!
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.
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. 
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:
BrookesWithTheFur Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah you're awesome thank you! <3
IceXDragon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!:boogie:
heluethehedghehog Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg I love you thank you so much /( ;A;)/
IceXDragon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, no problem!:la: Glad you found it useful.:D
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