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From:  Lourdes Tollette
Date:  Wed Oct 27, 1999  12:54 pm
Subject:  Re: Creating .GIF Files


You don't have to be use photoshop. You can be use Paintbrush if you have it in
window 3.1, 95 and 98. Lourdes

-----Original Message-----
From: Valerie Sutton [SMTP:]
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 1999 12:01 AM
To: SignWriting List
Subject: Creating .GIF Files

> This seems to be a question for me. I don't know the technical stuff,
>but I use Netscape and get most of my e-mail through Hotmail. When Angus
>sent his .gif file, it came out perfect included at the end of his message.
>His .sgn file I had to download and save and later open through SW.
>Lourdes' subsequent correction of the sign SEND-SEND-SEND also came through
> Valerie, can you remind me exactly how to convert a SW .sgn file to a
>.gif file? I don't have PhotoShop. I have PhotoDeluxe and the Chinese
>equivalent of Paint. Thanks!
> - Wayne


Hello Wayne!
Yesterday I suddenly realized that you could share some Taiwan Sign
Language with us! I bet that would be fascinating for all of us :-)
And judging by what you say above, it looks like everything is working well
for you - I am so glad!

In regards to the SignWriter Computer Program...there is no "magic way" to
create .GIF's from fact it is pretty annoying because the
program is in MS-DOS!

I am on a Macintosh, and I can run MS-DOS on my Mac with software called
SoftPC or VirtualPC. And those two programs let me do screen captures of
MS-DOS, as if I were on a Mac. In the Windows world, I bet there is a way
to create a screen capture of an MS-DOS screen - I hope so!

So assuming that you can take a screen capture of an MS-DOS screen, here is
the way I create .GIFs (by the way, there are other ways to do this...this
is just my way :-)


I make .GIFs by typing in SignWriter 4.3. Then I create a screen
capture of the sign, or signs, or screen I want to capture. That creates a
file. Then I open the graphics file in Photoshop, and I "invert it",
getting rid of the black background, and convert it to .GIF. I always use
the "web" mode for making .GIFs, because I sometimes need diagrams for the
web later anyway.

If you are not sure how to create a "screen capture", I know you can do it
from both Windows and the Mac. On the Mac, you can get very small
definition, just capturing one tiny symbol, or a whole screen. The Mac
strokes for that are: Shift-Command-4. That gives you a cross-hair kind of
symbol, and then you can box the area you want, and lift your finger from
the mouse, and it places the screen captured graphics file on your desktop
to open later.

I have also done screen captures on Windows 98, and if I remember right,
they have a key called "print screen", and that captures the entire screen
I believe. If you press Alt-Print Screen, I believe that will capture just
the Window you are in...although I do not know how to capture a very small
space on the screen, like I do on the Mac.

Once you open the graphics file in Photoshop, you need to know Photoshop
and all the ".GIF making techniques" - and unfortunately, there are several
.GIF formats. Slowly our List will learn which formats work, and which ones
do not....I have already learned that transparent .GIFs that are made for
the web do not do well - some people did not get the message - the message
was transparent - ha!!

I hope this helps, Wayne! Write again anytime with questions -

Val ;-)


Valerie Sutton

SignWritingSite...Lessons Online

Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

  Replies Author Date
2133 Re: Creating .GIF Files Bill Reese Wed  10/27/1999
2135 Re: Creating .GIF Files Wayne in Maine Wed  10/27/1999
2136 Re: Creating .GIF Files Bill Reese Wed  10/27/1999
2139 Re: Creating .GIF Files Valerie Sutton Wed  10/27/1999
2137 Re: Creating .GIF Files Wayne in Maine Wed  10/27/1999
2141 Re: Creating .GIF Files Valerie Sutton Wed  10/27/1999
2198 Thanks for TSL signs Mark Penner Wed  11/3/1999
2143 Re: Creating .GIF Files Jerry Spillman Wed  10/27/1999
2145 Re: Creating .GIF Files Lourdes Tollette Wed  10/27/1999

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