[Sussex] The GIMP?
steve at dobson.org
Mon Aug 2 17:18:17 UTC 2004
On Mon, Aug 02, 2004 at 05:46:53PM +0100, Mark Harrison wrote:
> I'm trying, once again, to remove my dependancy on non-Free software.
Do you mean non-free as defined by Debian or free as in beer?
> I've now installed "The GIMP".
If you are using debian you also need the non-free gimp package as well
for GIMP to support GIF as GIF includes LZW compression which is
patented by UNISYS.
Yes, Yes, I know that the patent has expired in the US but I believe that
UNISYS have patents in other countries which are still running. I'm not
sure of it's worldwide status.
> I have a very, very basic requirement. I want to create a transparent
> GIF with simply some foreground text in a particular font / set of
There are a number of ways:
1). Load another image format which is what you want with the
transparent parts already set.
2). Create a new image using the GIMP itself.
I've found it best to put the image into RGB format for this
image-menu -> Image -> Mode -> RGB
3). Load an image with a solid colour for a background, put it into
RGB mode and then use
image-menu -> Filters -> Colors -> Color to Alpha...
[Got this tip from Karl J today - thanks Karl]
Then use "image-menu -> File -> Save As..." make sure that the
"Determine File Type: By Extension"
is set and then just use the extension ".gif".
You will be probably set a number of prompts for correction (including
a field to set the comment) and your done.
> Can anyone give me a basic "how to" for this, or do I need to spend a
> few days reading manuals?
Will the above do?
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