We will assume that you have already learned to Drag and Drop a doll in a dollmaker. If not, please read the instructions at the dollmaker site that you like to use.
Links to dollmakers have been removed because the links no longer worked.
1. Once you have made your doll, you will need to "capture" it and bring it into PSP to remove the background. So while your doll is placed on the dollmaker tray like in the image below, click on the Print Screen button located on your keyboard. The Print Screen button copies the entire screen image to the buffer of your computer. This is called capturing the screen.
2. Open up your PSP and click, Edit--Paste--As New Image. The captured screen image will now be in your PSP. Mine is above.
3. Now on the left tool bar, choose selections tool and use it to select your doll. Select as close as possible, like the image below. Click Edit--Copy. Then click Edit--paste--as new image. The doll will be a new image. Minimize your doll.
5. Now restore your doll image. Click on it and open it up. On the left tool bar select the magic wand tool, and use it to click on the white background of the image. Marching ants should surround the white background on the outside of the doll. click the delete button on your keybord or the scissors in the top menu bar. Now the white background has disappeared.
9. Now in the top menu bar, click on Layers--Add New Layer. On the left tool bar select the Flood Fill tool (paint can) and change your foreground color (left color box) to a bright color that is not part of your fairy. I chose bright green. In the Layer Palette, left-click on the color layer and drag the layer below your doll layer (below Layer 1) so that your doll is on top. This contrasting color will help you see if you have more white area you need to remove. Continue to remove all the white area that you need to remove.
10. When you think you are done removing all the white, select the magnifying glass from the left tool bar again and RIGHT-click on your doll until she returns to a 1:1 size ratio. (A little math here! 1:1 means original size. *S*) Do you see any white agains that bright background of yours? If so, left-click with the magnifying glass to magnify and delete those white spots. If not, go on to the next step.
12. Ok, Now we will save our doll as a .psp file, in case we want to use the doll again later in another graphic, or add our name or something to it. *S* Click File--Save As. When the Save As box comes up, use the drop-down arrow in the location bar to find the folder where you want to save. Type the name of the file you want to save as, and in the file type bar, use the drop-down arrow to save it as a Paint Shop Pro file (.psp or.tub).
13. If you want to use the
doll as it is right now, then you must save it as a .gif file. Change
your background color to an appropriate color for making it transparent.
That is, if your dolls colors are dark, then change the background color
to black. If your doll's colors are light, then change the background
color to a light shade of gray. Then click File--Export--Gif Optimizer.
Click ok, and when the save box comes up, choose a location and a file
name. The file type, should already say compuserve file (.gif).
14. Now if you also chose some accessories (flowers, pets, swords, whatever), you must repeat steps 5 -12. Remember to save each accessory as a .psp file separately! In case, you want to use them with another doll later. *S*
15. Now open a new file: width=350, height=350, resolution=72,000, transparent, 16.7 Million colors
18. Now click on your first accessory. In the top tool bar click Edit--Copy. Then click on your new image. In the top tool bar click Edit--paste--as new layer. You now have 3 layers in your Layer Palette.
19. Continue to add the rest of your accessories to your new image, each one as a NEW LAYER.
22. Now, I didn't like my doll looking away from my dragon, so I needed to turn her around. In the Layer Palette, click on the doll's layer (which should be Layer 2). In the top menu bar, click on Image--Mirror. and the doll should face the opposite side. *s* Move everything into place.
24. Now save this image as a tube. Click File--Save As. In save box, choose location and file name. In file type bar, choose Paint Shop Pro files (.psp or .tub). Click save.
25. Now save your doll as
a transparent doll: click File--Save As. In the save box, choose
location, and file name. They file type should already be compuserve
file (.gif). Click save.
And there's your doll ready to place on your site, or use in making more graphics!
If you have any questions about this tutorial or comments,
19, 2003. This tutorial and the graphics are copyright to Dragon's
Breath aka The Dragon Lord, 2003. Please