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GIF

GIF is a bitmap-based format designed for use on the Web. It is highly compressed to minimize file transfer time and supports images with up to 256 colors. The GIF file format supports a maximum image size of 30,000 × 30,000 pixels and uses LZW compression.

The GIF format provides the ability to store multiple bitmaps in a file. When the multiple images are displayed in rapid succession, the file is called an animated GIF file. For more information, see “Saving movies.”

GIF images with transparent backgrounds are commonly used on the Web. For more information, see “Creating images with transparent backgrounds.”

For Internet use, you can also save images to the JPEG and PNG formats. If you want to publish an image to the Web and are not sure which format to use, see “Choosing a Web-compatible file format.”


To import a GIF file

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Click File Photo Paint onestep GIF Import.
The File Photo Paint onestep GIF Import command lets you place the file as an object in the active image. If you want to open a GIF file as an image, click File Photo Paint onestep GIF Open.
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Locate the folder in which the file is stored.
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Do one of the following:
(Windows Vista) Choose GIF – CompuServe Bitmap (*.gif) from the list box next to the File name box.
(Windows XP) Choose GIF – CompuServe Bitmap from the Files of type list box.
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Click the filename.
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Click Import.
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Click the image window.

You can also
Resample a graphic while importing
Crop a graphic while importing
For more information, see “To crop an image while importing.”


To export a GIF file

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Click File Photo Paint onestep GIF Export.
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Locate the folder in which you want to save the file.
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Choose GIF – CompuServe bitmap from the Save as type list box.
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Type a filename in the File name list box.
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Click Export.
If your image contains more than 256 colors, you can decrease the number of colors in your image by adjusting any settings in the Convert to paletted dialog box.
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In the Convert to paletted dialog box, adjust any of the settings, and click OK.
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In the GIF export dialog box, enable one of the following options in the Transparency area:
None — specifies that you do not want any colors to be transparent when viewed in a Web browser
Image color — lets you make the color you click on the color palette transparent
Masked area — lets you make the masked area of the image transparent

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For more information about the controls in the Convert to paletted dialog box, see “Converting images to the paletted color mode.”
 
All objects in the image will be merged with the background.

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You can specify the transparent color by using the Eyedropper tool to click a color in the Original window or by moving the Index slider.
 
You can make the selected area transparent instead of the masked area by enabling the Invert mask check box.
 
To display the image in the Web browser gradually so that you can see portions of the image before it finishes loading, enable the Interlace image check box.
 
You can zoom in to get a closer look at the image by clicking in the Original window. You can zoom out by right-clicking in the Original window.

To open an animated GIF file

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Click File Photo Paint onestep GIF Open.
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Locate the folder in which the file is stored.
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Do one of the following:
(Windows Vista) Choose GIF – GIF animation (*.gif) from the list box next to the File name box.
(Windows XP) Choose GIF – GIF animation from the Files of type list box.
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Click the filename.
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Choose Full image from the list box below the list window.
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Click Open.

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For more information about opening and playing movies, see “Opening and playing movies.”

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You can also open part of a movie by choosing Partial load, and, in the Partial load movie dialog box, typing values in the From and To boxes to specify the range of frames.

GIF technical notes

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Corel programs import versions 87A and 89A of the GIF file format, but export only to version 89A. Version 87A supports basic features and interlacing. The newer version, 89A, includes all features found in 87A plus the ability to use transparent colors and to include comments and other data from the image file.
 
Corel programs support the following color depths when importing animated GIF files: black and white (1-bit), 16 colors, grayscale (8-bit), and 256 color paletted (8-bit).

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