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When I made many textures and I started to make thumbnails I was very nervous. It was a slow, boring, awful procedure. But I found a very useful method in Corel Photo-Paint.
The Batch conversion. Now you can learn how you can make this for thumbnails.
You need for this P3DO Explorer. You can download from here for free: Senosoft.com
Maybe you can use this tutorial for another paint-programs, if they know scripting and batch conversion.
First of all make renders in which are shown the poses or faces or textures. Make the renders 91×91 size. Save the pictures as you named the Mat, poses or faces files. Exactly same name! Use original background.
Go to Corel Photo-Paint and make a new document in 91×91 size. Now make your design. I made a background and a logo layer. The background is not merged with document's background. It is a layer too.
If you finished with design, select all layers and copy to clipboard.
Open one of your rendered thumbnail files. Create object (layer) from background, use on original grey background color the color transparency tool (with 0 tolerance).
You can find this tool in interactive flyout (left side of your workspace). Now you have a knock-out object without background.
Paste from the clipboard your designed environment. (each layers)
Change the order. Put your background to back and logo to front.
This is important for scripting. Don't make every step in this document, only paste the clipboard. And make sure that this layers are still in clipboard.
Your own unique thumbnail is finished.
But don't save, don't close. We need this.
Now you stay in this new thumbnail document. In Window menu open the UNDO docker. You see this:
When you make a step in this document, the undo docker is save that. These steps will be the script. This was the reason, why do you need edit design in another file. It would be too many steps in one document.
Click on the little floppy and save this script.
Now open the script in a text editor (notepad)
.FileOpen section. We don't need this and it would be wrong script with this section.
You can see .EditPasteObject section. I want to make for you a general script, but every script use for clipboard pasting a template on your pc. So you need to make your own script.
Save the edited script.
Now you need to save your basic thumbnail document (only the designed environment -background and logo) as .cpt or any other file which save the separate layers. It is important if you want to use this design in the future.
Go to the File menu and Select batch conversion. Select all of the bmp-s which you want to turn to your own unique thumbnails.
Load the script and use 'save as new file-type'. Choose a folder where you want to put thumbnails and choose the file-type:
And run the script.
If everything OK, you find in your folder the PNG pictures. Put this PNG files to the same folder with pose- or MAT or face-files.
I hope you named picture files exactly same that pose, face, MAT files. It is very important!
Now we have many PNG-s, but we need .rsr for Poser4. So go on…
Open the P3DO Explorer open the folder where you put the thumbnail pictures and use the Tools– > ConvertRsr2png option with these settings as on picture.
This will be turn all of your Png to RSR file.
Open the Poser and check your thumbnails. Perfect!
I know it was not one click. But only at the first time. In future you don't need to make whole procedure, because you have got the magic srcipt!
You need to open your 2 or more layers designed basic thumbnail, copy all layers to clipboard (you can select all layers in objects docker) and run the script with batch conversion.
I hope this was a useful tutorial.
If you have any question, send me a message or contact with me in e-mail: