|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Fri Feb 11, 2000 4:34 pm
Subject: Making .GIF Files
February 11, 2000
Dear SignWriting List Members!
I am so happy that more of you want to create .GIFs and ask me
questions on the SignWriting List. Some of you have written to me
privately to ask how to make .GIF files.
Here are instructions:
MAKING .GIF FILES FROM A SIGNWRITER FILE
1. Type a document in SignWriter 4.3.
2. With the SignWriter file open on the screen, create a screen
capture of the sign, or signs, or the full screen.
That creates a graphics file.
3. Open the "screen capture graphics file" you just made, in
Photoshop or another paint or draw program.
4. Invert the file so the background is white.
5. Convert it to a .GIF file
Doing Screen Captures
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.
"Print Screen Key" captures the entire screen
"Alt-Print Screen Key" captures just the Window you are in.
Open SignWriter 4.3, which begins to run as a DOS program. Press
alt-enter to place SignWriter "in a window" so that you can operate upon
it with the screen-capture software built into Windows 98.
Creating a .GIF
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. You need to read the manual or instruction files for
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