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Thread: GIF Trouble

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    Hi, Im new to this forum. After spending hours upon hours of trying to find any useful tutorials on .gifs I came up with nothing that oculd help me.

    At the moment all I want to do i create a transparent gif with a red circle in it that will display on my webpage with no Jaggied Lines. I have tried everything and each time I save my file as a gif I get jaggy edges. Im currently using photoshop CS I have anti-aliasing set on all tools. Can someone just go over the steps of how to create a gif with absolutely no jaggy edges?


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    Senior Member teal's Avatar
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    First off, I need to say that I use PSP, but I think it is similar enough that I can give you advice.

    First and foremost, make sure that the image is set to the resolution of how you want it to appear. When you view your image to preview it, the zoom should be 1:1.
    Now, if you have done that, there are a few other things you could try
    [list=a]a) Draw semi-white or semi-transparent lines that match up with the inside of your circle. This can be very time consuming, but will be sure to give you the exact effect you want.
    b) Use the soften effect or softening brush to have this same line added automatically, be it a little sloppy
    c) Draw the circle by hand, so that you know that there will be no tool-based screw up (yet again, time consuming)
    d) Try another save format. *.jpg or *.jpeg are two good formats that are only marginally larger than a *.gif . [/list=a]
    Any one of those should work, but be sure to try them all if one does not. I have no idea what to say if none of them work.
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    Senior Member filburt1's Avatar
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    Edge antialiasing with transparency simply cannot be done in a GIF, period. You must use another filetype like the non-widely-properly-supported-but-superior PNG format, or better yet, avoid transparency wherever possible.
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