was designed to help you change the skin tones on your
cartoon dolls. It will also work with colour editing
on other props and images that have a limited number
of colours. It is assumed that you know how to get your
own cartoon dolls from the web since I am NOT offering
any for your use here.
was written for Paint Shop Pro 7 from Jasc.com
but it may very well work in earlier editions as well.
I am not sure if the tutorial will work for other graphic
programs, but if they have a colour replacer tool it
Now let's get started!
1. Open your
doll image in PSP. It does not matter if the doll is
on a transparent background or on a coloured one. It
is important though that the background colour does
not match any of the skin tones.
2. Just to
make sure that you will be able to work with the image
set the colours to 16 million by clicking colours>increase
colour depth>16 million colours. Then open the layer
pallette and double click the layer the doll is on and
then choose 'ok' to make sure the doll is on a raster
layer and not on a background layer.
3. This is
the image I will be working on (notice that it is watermarked
and that I am not offering it for your use). My doll
has three skin tones and it is easy to change the colours
on it. Some bases you can find on the web or in Palace
are messy and will be more difficult to work with, but
if you get a base from for example Xandorra,
Reality (just to name a few, but there are other
sites that also offer excellent bases) then they will
be nice and clean, and you will be able to change the
4. My doll
is very pale and I want to make her skin a darker tone.
You can decide the tone before you start working either
by finding a few tones that you like or by lifting them
off of another doll which skin tone you like. I will
just choose them as I go along and see what happens.
5. First click
on the dropper tool
to activate it.
6. Then right click on the lightest skin tone on the
doll with the dropper tool. Your background colour will
now be set to that colour.
7. Set your
foreground colour to the tone that you want to be the
lightest in your new colour scheme.
8. Click on
the colour replacer tool
to activate it and in the tool palette choose approximately
9. Hold the
mouse button down while sliding the cursor over the
entire body of the doll. The lightest tone should now
be changed to the new and darker colour. This is what
mine looks like:
10. This looks
weird but don't give up. Now using the dropper tool
choose the second darkest of the old colour tones on
the doll and right click. This is your new background
11. Right click
on the foreground colour (not on the doll but where
you choose the colours) and choose 'other'. Find the
'light' setting and slide it a bit towards the left
so you see a difference between 'old colour' and 'new
colour'. The 'new colour' is the one you will be using.
12. Slide the
colour replacer over the doll again while holding the
left mouse button down and you will see the colour change
again. This is what my doll looks like now:
13. Once again
use the dropper tool to set your background colour to
the next tone that you want to change. This will be
my last time but if your doll has more than three shades
of skin tone you will have to do it more times.
14. Just like
before right click on the foreground colour and make
a darker new foreground colour.
15. Then change
the colour on the doll with the colour replacer tool.
This is what my doll looks like after I've changed all
three skin tones:
16. Now you
might want to take the opportunity to 'clean up' your
doll just by using the paint brush tool
and the size set to 1 (in the tool palette). My doll
looks pretty clean, but there might be some left over
pixels in yours that were not coloured. Fill in these.
Then notice how the eyebrows in my doll are not visible
because they are almost the same colour as the skin.
I want them to be visible so I'll choose black as my
foreground colour and then just colour them in with
the paintbrush. You may also want to change the lip
or eye colour and this is the perfect opportunity to
do so. This is what my doll looks like after I've made
these small changes:
17. The last
thing to do is to save your doll. Choose file>save
as... name the file a different name from your original
file. I would recommend saving as a psp file because
they are the best and easiest to work with. Then choose
ok and you're done.
tutorial © October 16th, 2001, Guðrun Jacobsen)