How to Save Your Dolls

In order to capture the image of a doll put together on the dollmaker, you will have to hit the "Prnt Scrn" button (next to F12 and above Insert)... this will take a "screenshot" of everything on the monitor. Here are some detailed instructions for saving the dolls-

1) Save one of the pieces on the dollmaker (doesn't matter which one) by right-clicking on it and selecting "Save Picture As...". You will open this piece in Paint and save your doll over it in order to avoid distortion by saving your doll anew or saving it as a different file type. Also, I already have a transparent background color set up on all the pieces.

2) Create your doll, then hit the "Prnt Scrn" button (next to F12 and above Insert).

3) Open up Microsoft Paint... to find it, go to "Start" then "Programs" then "Accessories."

4) Open up that first piece you saved by going to "File" then "Open." Select the pink color in the background with the dropper tool ("Pick Color").

5) Now go to "Edit" and select "Paste." You will paste the whole screenshot you took of the dollmaker in the Paint program.

6) Select your doll using the "Select" tool in the toolbar on the left side of the screen. Then go to "Edit" then hit "Copy."

7) Shrink the drawing area to get rid of all the other stuff by going down to the very bottom right corner of the drawing area... try to get a little two-pointed arrow to show, then click and drag it towards the top left, shrinking it as much as possible.

8) Go to "Edit" then select "Paste" to paste your doll.

9) Use the "Fill With Color" (paint bottle tool in the toolbar on the left) to fill in the background behind the doll with the pink color you selected earlier-- this will make it transparent.

10) Save the doll. Go to "Save As" and name it anything you want, but do not change the file format if you want to keep the transparency. If you are not interested in transparency and would like to print your doll out, skip steps 1, 4, and 9, and when you save your doll simply use the default bitmap format. This will take up more space when it is saved, though. However, there are more color options in this format, and also, if you want to print your doll you will want to save it as a bitmap.

11) When working in MS Paint, the palette doesn't offer many colors-- if you want, here is one in .gif format too, to copy and paste in, and use while editing-

Once again, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me!