IrfanView is a freeware program which allows you, amongst other things, to save images as transparent gifs. If you don't already have a copy, you can download it from www.irfanview.com.
This tutorial is written for IrfanView 3.95 which was the latest version as of 17 December 2004
|1. To begin this tutorial, you will need to save your finished doll as a BMP. I am using Microsoft Paint as most PC users have this already. Open your doll in Paint.
|2. Set your foreground colour to a colour that is not anywhere on your doll. For this tutorial, I am using a bright green.
|3. Select the Fill with Color tool and fill in any areas you want to be transparent.
4. Go to File/Save As & ensure that 24-bit Bitmap is selected under Save as Type
Give the image a useful name & save it somewhere that you can remember!
|5. Open IrfanView. Open the image you want to make transparent.
|6. Go to File/Save As and choose GIF - Compuserve GIF under Save As Type.
7. When this file type is chose, another window appears.
Put a tick in the Save Transparent Color box & ensure that Choose transparent color during saving is selected. Give your image a name & click on Save.
|8. The Choose Transparent Colour window will appear containing your doll. Click on the colour you want to appear as transparent (in this case, the bright green background).
|That's all there is to it! Your doll is now a transparent gif!
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