View Full Version : Help with modifying gif image

04-22-2009, 12:20 AM
I have a web template I have downloaded from the internet. I now need to modify the default company name and put my company name but when I open the image in fireworks I cannot select the text area alone so I can edit the text. The image being used by the template is a gif file. Is there any program I can use to edit the default text or how do I select the default text?

I have attached the file in question.

04-22-2009, 03:30 AM
I've never heard of being able to edit a gif. You need to make another image with the same background and new text. Mybe there exists a program that can extract the text. if you find it, will you post it?

04-22-2009, 04:16 AM
GIFs aren't layered files; they're flat. In other words, the text isn't a separate layer you can just select and modify like in a PSD (Photoshop file).

That said, a quick glance at the GIF in question reveals how it was probably made in the first place: Starting with just a picture of the laptop and hands at the left of the picture, whoever made it simply expanded the canvas to the right, selected a several-pixel column on the rightmost part of the image and just stretched it across the rest of the canvas. They then added the dark fade on the right side, either with the brush tool or by erasing part of that layer to reveal a darker one underneath. Finally they placed the text and gave it a 100% opaque, thick gray drop shadow distanced 0 from the text. This is all done in Photoshop, by the way.

You could actually crop the image on the right side of the laptop and repeat the process, if you've got a basic knowledge of (and access to) Photoshop. Good luck! :thumbsup:

Oh, and consider re-saving it as a JPG once you're all done. It'll probably be smaller.

04-23-2009, 12:24 AM
Thanks for your help. At least I will not waste my time on something thats not possible because I had assumed that those words on the template could easily be changed but I will try some of the ideas I have got from.