2) BASICS: How to use the SP-Studio
The SP-Studio is a tool to create your own cartoon characters – or any picture you like. You can choose different categories (body parts, clothes, backgrounds) by clicking on the menu guy. When you first start it is best to select the “skin”. Click on the huge black body shape to select a skin color. Then you can move on to another category, like eyes or hair. There is no given order you need to follow – you can jump between the categories and change them as often as you wish.
Just click on the item after you added it to your picture. The “item menu” will appear, were you can choose to recolor, move, spin, flip or delete it.
- Deleting and flipping works right away. You can flip back them item if you are not satisfied.
- When you recolor an item the color palette appears again, but the item will keep its position. Only “custom color items” can be recolored.
- When you spin an item you can use single clicks or keep the mouse button pressed to make it rotate faster.
- When you choose to move the item you have to click on it again to drag it. Keep the mousebotton pressed and move it to a different position. When you release the mouse button the item will be dropped there.
Usually the SP-Studio works as easy as this: Click on a category, click on a an item and it will appear in your picture. You cannot change the order of the items, so for example hats will always appear on top of the hair and not behind it. The “Freestyle Collection” (in “Shirts”) is an exception. Here you can design your own clothes by combining up to three parts in any order you like. For example: a yellow jacket on top of a red dress on top of a striped t-shirt. Or what would it look like with the dress on top of the jacket? It’s all up to you.
You have 3 layers for clothes. Switch between them by clicking on the numbers 1, 2 or 3 on top of the clothes. Layer 1 is the bottom layer. Layer 2 is on top of layer 1. Layer 3 is on top of layer 1 and 2. Maybe it is easier to memorize this way:
1 = underwear, 2 = shirt, 3 = coat. Try it and you will be able to create your own fashion!
You can easily save your picture by clicking on the black disc symbol. A pop up window will appear and inform you about the copyrights. It is important to read them if you plan to share your picture online or use it for your own projects. Choose a size for your image file and it will be saved to your download folder as “sp-studio.jpg”. Make sure to deactivate any pop up blocker you have installed.
In the SP-Studio you can see six black symbols:
- The Home Symbol button shows the Sp-Studio home screen. This is the speech bubble with the welcome text. Your picture is NOT deleted when you click the Home button. You just need to click on a category to see it again.
- The Disc Symbol lets you save your pictures to your computer. They are never saved automatically, so if you want to keep them, please remember to use this button. When you click the button you will be informed ybout the copyrights. On the left you can select one of three sizes for your picture. Then a little pop up will appear where you can choose if you want to save the picture or open it. Usually it will be saved to your Downloads folder as sp-studio.jpg.
- The Trash Can Symbol deletes your current picture, so you can start over. Every item, body part and the background will be removed. So be careful with this button.
- The Lock Symbol lets you “lock” your picture if you do not want to be able to move, delete or flip single parts of it. Then it is impossible to use the item menu. I never use this feature, but some people asked me to include it because they were afraid to accidentaly delete something.
- The Full Screen Symbol lets you work on your picture in large scale. Click again to switch back to the small version.
- The Questionmark Symbol shows a help screen. It describes the basic features of the SP-Studio in different languages.