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Getting an Error “Cannot save RGB color images. Convert to indexed color or grayscale first” when trying to save my GIF. A quick Google search revealed that this has to do with the multi-layered frames. They must be flattened before export to avoid the error. Was wondering if anyone had another way around this?

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Here are my bouncing balls colliding. Really enjoying animating!

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I had a similar experience with that error. A quick google and I found “flatten-groups-0.0.py”. A python script that made the flattening of layers very quick indeed. Although it makes it harder to edit later on.

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I guess we could save first, and then flatten and export so it’s still editable later? Still some extra work, but it works :slight_smile:

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I went for a small billard animation :slight_smile:

Billard

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ball bouncing into teach other

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Newtons balls

I’m so glad there’s a way to do this. Merging my animated frames to my backgrounds for the previous challenge was annoying and meant I needed a “working” and “export” copy of my file, this is much nicer!

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In my case my work was all greyscale, and I was able to export by using Image -> Mode -> Greyscale, which let me export without flattening. Seems problematic for colour files though since you don’t seem to be able to convert to Indexed this way; the python script Velcronator linked looks like it’s going to get some use :stuck_out_tongue:

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Yes, @X4ldom, I had the exact same error and needed to merge each layer group. Missed the script before I did it…

Lecture 43 - Multi Layer Animation_2

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l44_TennisFIght

Tennis Ball Fighter II Turbo

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Is this the “Cannot export to GIF, convert palette to Indexed” or some such error? EDIT: I see that it is as I look to the initial post…

I chose the “Optimize for GIF” option from Filters > Animations. It seemed to do the trick albeit kind of odd as it compressed each layer group into a single layer tagged with (combine)

Yeah, the Optimize for GIF tool is really useful most of the time, but seems to have limitations I haven’t worked out how to surpass. The way it inserts its own frame delay parameter can make for a lot of tedious busywork if it’s not what I want.

The plugin @Velcronator linked here can help with export problems if Optimize for GIF is doing something you don’t want it to, though.

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Hey guys,

Did anyone feedback this to @Michael_Bridges?
Some clarification on if the video needs an edit or if these are user errors (I’m not up to this lecture yet) woud be greatly appreciated.

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The GIF and Layer Groups lesson seems to address this issue, so it is apparent that @Michael_Bridges knows about it :slight_smile:

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Thanks @sweenist

I love it when people go a head and hit stumbling block that is then resolved in one or two lectures time- it shows me you are doing some great exploration and learning by themselves too :slight_smile: Which are great skills to have!

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Lava Ball Battle Lava Ball Battle

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Nice! I like the background :heart:

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