|1. This tutorial is written specifically for the Mina base becuase I have already made the faces eyes required!
Start with a completed doll with open eyes, but ensure that the base is on a layer all of it's own.
|2. Go to the Mina Face page & download the other 2 eye positions for the face of your doll - there will be a half-closed & closed eye face. Open these up in Paint Shop Pro.||3. Click on the face with the eyes half-closed. Press CTRL+C to copy the image. Ensure that you are on the base layer & press CTRL+L to paste the image as a new layer. Name this layer 02.|
|4. Click on the Move tool . Click on the face you have pasted onto the doll & drag it into position.||5. Click on the Magic Wand tool . Click a pixel to the left of the top of the face - the surrounding white area should be selected. Press Delete on your keyboard to delete this.||6. Repeat this on the top-right, bottom-left & bottom-right corners of the face. When complete, press CTRL+D to drop the selection.|
|7. Click on the image of the closed eyes & repeat steps 3 to 6. This time, name the layer 03.||8. If your doll has a background layer, hide it now to make the doll transparent. Hide layers 02 & 03 so that only the open eyes remain.||9. Go to File/Export/GIF Optimizer...
- On the first tab (Transparency), ensure that Existing image or layer transparency is selected.
- On the third tab (Colours), ensure that 256 colours are set & that Optimised Octree is selected.
|10. Click on OK & save the image as 01.gif in a temporary place - I usually save it to the desktop.||11. Now, un-hide layer 02 & export the image, this time saving as 02.gif. Then un-hide layer 03 & export the image as 03.gif.||12. Within Paint Shop Pro, go to File/Jasc Software Products/Launch Animation Shop. Within Animation Shop, click on the Animation Wizard button.|
|13. Click on Next on the first screen. Select Transparent on the second screen. Click on Next on the third & fourth screens.||14. On the fifth screen, click on Add Image.... Navigate to where your 3 images have been exported. Hold down CTRL & click on image 03, 02 & 01, in that order. Click on Open.
Your images will be displayed in the white box.
Click on Add Image... again & add another copy of 02.gif. The files should now be listed as 01 02 03 02
|15. Click on Next then Finish.|
|16. The 4 frames of your animation will now be displayed. You can click on the View Animation button to see what it looks like so far - much too fast, huh?||17. Highlight the first image in the series. Right-click & choose Frame Properties. Change the Display Time to 250.||18. Edit the Frame Properties for the remaining 3 images, changing the display time for each of them to 5.|
|19. When you are satisified with the animation (remember you can preview it!), go to File/Save As & give your animation a name. When you click on Save, the Optimisation Wizard will open up.||20. For dolls, you usually want the best quality images, even if the size is a little bigger, so just Next through all the screens. On the final screen, you will get a break-down of file size & load times. If any of these are too big, you can always go back & drop the quality of the image.||21. If you are happy, click on Finish & you animation will be saved.|
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