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remove white line around animated gif with transparency

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Hi all,

I'm creating an animated GIF with a transparent background.

However when I export this and add to my site, the GIF has a white line around the edges of the image as it animates. My layers are individual PNGs I created in photoshop. Now if I load a PNG the white line disappear which points to the GIF export being the issue.

I've used fireworks and the following;

file -> image preview

format - Animated Gif
palette - Exact

ive tried both alpha and index transparency.

Is there any options I can change to help fix this issue?
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Question by:flynny
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Can you attach the GIF file here?
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There's some slight white lines around the bird yes. The PNG file will not show it because  of it's better transparency properties (more advanced).
The GIF shows these white pixels, because actually they're not exactly white at all. A GIF will make a pixel transparent if the pixel is really white (ie RGB 255 255 255), but these white-ish pixels are all not 100% white (as in RGB 247 222 214 etc etc)
You can only solve it by rendering the GIF file with the background already in the color you want the webpage to be in. But when this GIF is used again on another background, you will have the same problem (but now, slight black lines for instance).
Another option is the turn off anti-aliasing when rendering, but that will result in a "blocky" bird, and the edges will be quite blocky and sharp.
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by:flynny
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Hi Kimputer.

Thats great, so really I cannot get around this issue as the bird is to be placed over a CSS3 animated background so the color would be constantly changing.

Is it possible to use CSS3 to animate in this way (i.e. have the 5 pngs in the GIF and flit between them?)

Or do you know of any other solution or file format I can use?
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also how owuld I remove anti-aliasing as I cannot see this as an option.

Thanks.
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You could try APNG (Animated PNG), but no widespread support yet:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APNG

See browser compatibility below, it's not that much.

Otherwise use the info from here: http://cssdeck.com/labs/css-image-sprite-animations-with-steps-function

Basically, you make one big PNG files, frames next to each other. For instance your bird is 180 pixels wide, and if you want to animate 10 frames, your resulting PNG would be 1800 pixels wide. Adjust some sample code and it should work.
Check browser compatibility though, I haven't tested it all yet (Yes for updated Chrome Opera and Firefox, some IE versions broken)
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by:jmpg_70
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The simplest way to remove the white light around the bird is to re-make the gif file with a coloured background. Use the RGB or Hex value in the background layer that is used in the webpage.
By using the same colour as your site background the aliasing will be based on that colour and should appear in a more seamless manner.
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