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Import your own hand (old version)

Last updated: 25 September 2017


You can add your own hand to VideoScribe and it will do the drawing in your scribe videos.


Step 1. Photograph the hand
Take two photos, one that will draw the ‘downward’ strokes and one the ‘upward’ strokes.
It is best to do this on some white paper or a plain surface. Make sure it’s a nice light room where you are taking the photos.
You need to hold the pen just like you would when writing. Make sure that you get quite a lot of the arm in the photo so that when the hand draws something at the top of the canvas in VideoScribe you don’t see the cut off bottom of the arm. Take the photo looking straight down onto the arm.
Take one photo right after the other but before the second one move your hand or the pen very slightly so it is a different angle to the first one.

 

Step 2. Cut out the hands
Use an image editor to remove the background from the photos.
Upload the photos onto the computer and into a photo editor like Photoshop or a free alternative like Gimp. Cut out both hands using the pen tool, carefully plotting points right around the edge.
Give them both a shadow, using the same cut out shape as the hand but made slightly bigger. Fill this with a dark grey colour before taking the opacity down to 40-50% and making the edge of the shape blurry. Add similar bits of shadow in other places so it looks like the hand is on a piece of paper.
Crop the image to remove as much unneeded blank space around the image as possible.
Save them both as transparent PNGs, no bigger than 800 x 1500 pixels at 300 DPI. If the hands look too big once in VideoScribe, edit the photo to make it smaller.

 

Step 3. Import into VideoScribe
When looking at the canvas, select the hand icon (A) and click the ‘add your own’ button (B) at the bottom of this box.

This will bring up the ‘Add or edit a hand’ box, click the first hand (A) and add your first hand image.

Line your image up with the cross. The cross shows where the line will be drawn from in a scribe video. Once in the right position, click the tick to save. Repeat with the other hand.

Once completed, your custom hand image will show up as a thumbnail with the rest of the hands in the ‘Select a hand’ window.
Ticking 'Hand behind glass' gives the effect that the hand is behind the image that is being drawn.
Once your images are in the hand library, click the thumbnail icon of your own hand to remove or edit them.
You can upload a single hand image to be used for a ‘Move-in’ element.


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