I'm trying to open a silouette file and add to a figure I made in GIMP. GIMP opens up a blank transparent background. I tried changing the mode from Indexed to RGB, but it's still blank. I tried exporting it just to see but then the new file is also blank.

The file is available from: http://phylopic.org/image/c345a923-3481-4472-aab2-6ebe5d28c889/

New contributor
user175448 is a new contributor to this site. Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering. Check out our Code of Conduct.
  • The linked file looks perfect - I copied it to the clipboard in the browser and pasted to GIMP as a new file. See it i.stack.imgur.com/deGpF.png (the red paint is inserted because the license doesn't allow me to distribute the image) What's the exact non-functional step in your case?
    – user287001
    Aug 3 at 14:22
  • ok weird, I copied and pasted it to a new layer and it works fine. But when I download the image and open it, the file is blank in GIMP.
    – user175448
    Aug 3 at 15:03
  • The file worked as well when downloaded as when copied&pasted to GIMP. I guess your download procedure is customized somehow. I opened the original version in the browser, right clicked "Save image as..." and the resulted PNG worked ok.
    – user287001
    Aug 3 at 16:06
  • There's something weird with that file. Photoshop opens it as an RGB image (not Indexed), when downloaded from that site, but GIMP opens it as a blank fully transparent image in Indexed mode. However when copying the image from the browser (right click > copy) and opening in GIMP using File > Create > from clipboard, it opens as an RGB image.
    – Billy Kerr
    Aug 3 at 18:02
  • Downloaded file (512x159 px, 9400 bytes, SHA1: 8154f6aa8a1887c4a4e3d5a001e17d187aafbc07) looks OK in Gimp, Gwenview, Okular, and Firefox. And it's a regular 8-bit/channel PNG, not a color-indexed one (exported to indexed it is 2520 bytes).
    – xenoid
    Aug 3 at 19:19


Your Answer

user175448 is a new contributor. Be nice, and check out our Code of Conduct.

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.