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Creating a Static .jpeg

Postby eager to learn » Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:30 pm

I'm a total newbie with Gimp.

It seems like a great program which does so much but it's not the easiest to learn.

I've figured out how to create an animated jpeg of a 4 page PDF.

I haven't figured out how to make that jpeg static - not animated.

If anyone has figured that out could you please share the steps?

Thank you kindly.
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Re: Creating a Static .jpeg

Postby rich2005 » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:05 am

I've figured out how to create an animated jpeg of a 4 page PDF.

Are you sure that is not a actually an animated .gif file. If it is a jpeg, how did you do it?

Some questions

Do you want the 4 images in one image, perhaps like a "chinese scroll" one below the other? You can do this in jpeg format using Gimp.

Or do you want to be able to click something and go to the next page?
Never seen this in jpeg but of course it is possible in tiff format, that is what a multi-page fax document is. Of course you need a viewer application to display it.

Or do you want to make a slideshow of the images?
A few applications will do this with jpeg (or any other format). If you want everything in a single package, then again not jpeg, but maybe a video format, or in windoze, I think an .exe file. (a distant memory, I'll have to look it up).


I had a quick look and there was a reference on a Mac site to a multi-page jpeg but it vague and anyway I'm linux based (with a bit of windoze) and Mac is another world.

I still think the best format is going to be tiff. Very easily done on the command line using Imagemagick

convert <image>.jpg <another_image>.jpeg <another_image>.jpeg multi.tiff

or you can go straight from your pdf with

convert -verbose <file>.pdf multi.tif

A quick test and as with a pdf, gimp will allow you to select a page.
Viewing - Irfanview works and will page up and down.

Another edit:
More digging and what you need for multipage 'jpg' is a branch of jpeg2000 - jpm format. see

I very rarely come across a j2k, have never come across a .jpm AFAIK Gimp does not handle these files.

Again IrfanView documentation says it will view/convert, The plugin is payware & I can't see any option to convert several images into one jpm file. I can't get it to work, maybe someone else can.
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Re: Creating a Static .jpeg

Postby virtualTune » Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:40 pm

you could try a photoshop Trial version. Photoshop can read and save jpg2000. ;)
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Re: Creating a Static .jpeg

Postby eager to learn » Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:38 pm

Hi rich2005 and virtualTune,

Thank you both for your suggestions.

It is a .jpeg but when I choose to save in Layers it saves it as an animated jpeg so it keeps rotating through when you open it.

I'd like the jpeg to be in one file so you open it and read page, then you cursor down or click next to page 2, etc. Just as long as it's not animated and no one need anything more than a basic/free graphic program (Windows Picture and Fax viewer) to open and read it.

I'll need to do this from time to time so a trial version of Photoshop won't be as much help. Plus, I've never used Photoshop and it will involve having to learn still another program and I'm always pressed for time.

I was hoping there was soem way to make a non-animated, multi-page jpeg with Gimp.

Thanks again.
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Re: Creating a Static .jpeg

Postby eager to learn » Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:22 pm

Hi Rich,

I double checked and it's actually an animated .gif file -not a .jpeg!

Going among all these programs simultaneously drives one to distraction.

I'm looking into Imagaemagick.

Thank you for suggesting that.
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Re: Creating a Static .jpeg

Postby Arzoroc » Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:39 am

Well, if you want to have a static image, try .jpg or .png, if you want a high quality animation, try .apng (you need a plugin for that though). Gif only supports a small color depth, so it's not recommended as a filetype.
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Re: Creating a Static .jpeg

Postby jsmorrison55 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 12:04 am

thanks for the suggestion. what great softwares to use other than photoshop or imageready?

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Re: Creating a Static .jpeg

Postby Maffe811 » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:38 pm

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