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What is a GIF file?

The GIF file extension refers to “Graphics Interchange Format”, which is a popular bitmap image format, well known for containing animated image data. Developed by CompuServe in 1987, this format has a wide compatibility range across different platforms and serves great for sharing images on the internet. Supporting up to 8 bits per pixel, GIF images have the capacity to display 256 different colors from the 24-bit RGB color space. Though lossless compression is used on the GIF images the file sizes can be significantly lower that works best for portability. Widely used for logos and graphics with sharp lines and edges, GIF images are editable with almost all editing programs. Corel Painter is rated among the top of them.

How to open GIF files

  1. Know the location of the GIF file you want to open.
  2. Launch Painter and select File> Open. Or from the home menu select “Open Document”.
  3. When the file explorer opens select the file(s) you wish to open and select Open.
  4. Edit the GIF file using Painters many digital painting features, brushes, and tools.
  5. Before closing be sure to name and save the file. File> Save As. Then name the file as desired.

Open GIF on Windows with Corel Painter

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7

Open GIF on Mac with Corel Painter

  • macOS 10.15
  • macOS 10.14
  • macOS 10.13
  • with the latest revision

Corel Painter opens GIF files and many more formats

We designed Painter to open a wide range of file formats, including all of the following.

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