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preparing a base preparing a base in photoshop

well, the first of my photoshop exclusive tutorials, 'preparing a base in photoshop' is just a quick run-down of how I get ready to start editing a doll. I find it's the easiest and most effective way of getting a doll done, whilst still giving the most space for creativity and making it REALLY easy to save the finished doll as a transparent gif.

step one, opening the base

step one: well, first of all, you need to choose the base you're going to work with. here I've chosen to create a doll on my 'attitude' base, so I've opened the gif image and am about to start dolling.

BUT before I do anything you may notice that the space around the doll is rather small so it doesn't allow a lot of space for editing and NONE for hair or anything similar to that. SO what are we going to do?? we're going to quickly prepare the base so that we can freely edit the doll with as many layers as we like

step two

step two: okay, in order to set our base up for easy editing, the first thing we're going to do is choose the magic wand tool. at the top (and this is photoshop 6.0) you'll notice that when you click on the magic wand tool, you'll get a few options at the top of the window. for this purpose, make sure you make the magic wand's tolerance level 5, and that you turn off anti-aliasing and contiguousness.

step three

step three: okay, with your magic wand, just click once in the transparent area around the base. you'll notice that ALL of the transparent areas are then suddenly selected. this is the best bethod of chosing only the base - so you don't get any single white/green pixels or anything in your final doll.

step four: okay, now to choose the actual doll, either go to Select -> Inverse, or simply push shift+ctrl+i on your keyboard (or apple+option+i on a mac).

step five

step five: okay, now with doll base selected, simply go to Edit -> Copy, or push ctrl+c on your keyboard (apple+c on a mac).

step six

step six: now go to File -> New, or press crtl+n (apple+n on mac) to bring up the new file palette.

now, before clicking okay on this palette window, you must do atleast two things. firstly, in the image size section, assign the width and height of the new image at 300 pixels, making sure that the resolution s at 72 dpi.

secondly, make sure you assign 'transparent' in the contents section of the palette. if you like, you can give the new image a name, and then click ok.

step seven

step seven: now you've got a new, fairly large canvas to work with. go to Edit -> Paste, or ctrl+v (or apple+v on mac). the base that you chose will paste in the exact centre of your new canvas.

step eight

step eight: now, before you do anything else, on the layers palette (if it is not already open goto Window -> Show Layers) press the little icon that is second to the right (next to the rubbish bin icon). this is the 'craete a new layer' icon and, as its name says, it will create a new layer in the image.

step nine

step nine: now that you've got a new layer to start editing the clothes etc on your doll, go to File -> Save or press ctrl+s (apple+s on a mac) and save this new psd file.

now, you're all ready to edit to your hearts content with as many layers as you like - make sure you save often though so you don't lose your work!



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