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I have been making and editting .gifs for about a year now using the .agif plugin found here.  My .gifs are coming out with 256 color, 8 bit format.  I see .gifs from movies, youtube videos, etc; on MANY occasions that are not old and blocky looking like the ones I make.  I am fully aware of using .apngs, but not everyone I send them to can see them because of browser compatability.  So my question is, can such a high quality .gif be produced in Paint.Net?  If not, how can I add text to an already high quality .gif without lowering the quality to 8 bit?

 

Appologies If there is already a thread about this somewhere.  I am at work, and searched around the internet for hours on this subject already and might have just looked past it on here.

 

Thanks in advance!

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A gif frame does not allow more than 256 colors. But each frame may use a different color table. And there are some other tricks but because they are not defined in the specification you can not expect that all viewer will show the same result.

Typically it is better to use a specialized gif creator to improve the resulting gif quality or to shrink the file size.

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So my question is, can such a high quality .gif be produced in Paint.Net?  If not, how can I add text to an already high quality .gif without lowering the quality to 8 bit?

 

As Midora has said, GIF's only support 8-bit color (a palette of 256 colors).  There s no such thing as a 'high quality' gif.

 

I suspect your blocky images have more to do with the size in pixels than the color.

 

Can you post a link to an example image?

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The original gif...

 

http://i.imgur.com/dRXPc.gif

 

My gif, just added layers above with text and merged.

 

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh99/sheeeeeeets/dRXPcShortAbandongood.gif

 

Sorry, embedding isn't like what I am use to. 

 

[imgx][/imgx] without x's doesnt work on here?

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Comparing the files (i.e. with fileroots) shows that the first one uses local color tables and the second one not.

This means all frames have to be dithered to match the colors in the global colortable (you can see the dithering dots in the image).

So you may asked the author of the plugin to support local colortables.

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