I've been a bit slow working on this project. I'd like to say there's a good reason for it, but really, there isn't. We've been visiting with family and I've been pretty involved in the Outlander book series. It's one of those book series that I want to read all of, all at once, til there's no more to read and then I go into a post-reading, world collapsing funk. I love it! And the TV series is beautiful, too. If I can get the motivation, I just might make a paper doll. No promises, though.
Anyway, part of the reason I've been putting this paper doll series off is because I've had to redraw the baby. I wanted to share the outlines of all three dolls but it just didn't work that way. Regardless, I use the same process on all three sets so really, if you're seen the process for one, you've seen it all.
I want this set to be mix & match but I also want to make sure that everything fits together, both visually and technically. I hate bad fit on paper dolls and it's happened in my own projects too many times!
I try to fit & outline all of the outfits in a set in one file. Sometimes it gets too big and I have to split it up, but usually it works out. I only do this with outlines. Coloring the outfits creates HUGE files, so I manage those a bit differently.
In the image above, I've made some notes about my layers. Think of it like an outline for a paper. There's Set 1 which is the overall group. Within that, there's the Bottom 1 group which had the base shape, an outline layer, and a group folder with the tab shapes. Then there's the Top 1 group and the Hair 1 group. I try to name everything very carefully. It gets really chaotic if I don't!
Sometimes, there are elements I like to group together instead of flattening them into one layer. The buttons in this set are a good example of that. I tend to flatten things as little as possible. I like the flexibility of mixing things up and coloring & recoloring them later on.
I still have a lot of work to do on this set. The baby doll is a bit behind. The older girl & the boy set are both coming along well. Once I complete the baby set, I'll test the layout and see how many more outfits I want to add to the set.
In the meantime, test out a 2 page paper doll set!