Gimp question

Shane Hathaway shane at
Mon Jan 9 06:58:28 MST 2006

Shane Hathaway wrote:
> Charles Curley wrote:
>> I have a GIF image I'd like to add text to. I open the image, I set up
>> the text tool as I want it. This includes black for the foreground
>> color. I go to the image, and click on a location, and start
>> typing. The color of the text is only slightly darker than the
>> original image color, and certainly is not black. What am I doing
>> wrong?
> After opening the image, the palette is initially limited to the colors 
> present in the GIF palette.  When you add text, it chooses the color 
> that it thinks is closest to the one you specified.  To make the full 
> palette available, after opening the image, switch to the RGB palette 
> using Image | Mode | RGB.  When you save the image back to GIF, it will 
> automatically downsample the palette in a relatively intelligent way.

BTW, PNG images don't go through the rigmarole of an indexed palette. 
With PNG you can use the full RGB palette as well as a full alpha 
(transparency) channel.  Use PNG in preference to GIF if you can.


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