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Skinning Tutorial
Naming conventions

I have seen a few good tutorials out there but they are aimed at Photoshop users.  I am a Paint Shop Pro user and I have heard from several people that they would love to skin but just don't know how and the Photoshop tutorials don't give them enough information.  So . . . I decided to make my own tutorial aimed towards Paint Shop Pro users.  You must be using version 5.0 or later to fully utilize this tutorial.  I am using version 6.02 so there may be slight differences between your version and mine but it should be simple enough to figure out how to amend this tutorial to suit your needs.  So, that being said . . . on to the tutorial!
Things you will need:
  • Paint Shop Pro 5.0 or later (or another graphics editing program though this tutorial will likely use keyboard shortcuts that apply only to Paint Shop)
  • SimShow or SimPose-ium--to view the skins you create and to edit them as you go along
  • Imagination, patience and a wild hair (in other words, don't be afraid to experiment with the program--it's not going to explode or anything!)
Okay, now for the tutorial.  First we'll start with file naming conventions.  If you already know how to name the files you may skip on ahead to the actual skinning.  Or pick up a few Paint Shop Pro tips here first.
Here's the skinny on naming your files once you have skinned them:
Sex/age FA = Female Adult
MA = Male Adult
FC = Female Child
MC = Male Child
Skintone Lgt = Light skin
Med = Medium skin
Drk = Dark skin
Bodytype Fit = Fit body
Skn = Skinny body
Fat = Fat body
Chd = Child

Those are the 'codes' you will use.  Now you need to know what order to put them in.  The formula goes like this: Sex/ageSkintoneBodytype_skinname.bmp  So . . . if you  have a skin for an adult female with dark skin and a skinny body you would name your file as such:  FASknDrk_skinname.bmp  Always place the underscore before the name you use to make the file name unique.  In this case 'skinname' is the name of the skin.

If that doesn't make sense perhaps breaking it down like this will:  MAFitLgt_skinname.bmp translates to an adult male with a fit body and light skin.

Children come in one body type only and therefore will always use Chd as the body type.  So a skin for a child would look like this:  FCChdMed_skinname.bmp

Okay, so that should do it on the naming of files.  Now you're ready for the skinning!

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