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How To Make An Avatar
What Is An Avatar?
If you look up avatar on the Internet, you may come up with one of several definitions. The first is the incarnation of a god in Hinduism. The second is a Nickelodeon animated television series called Avatar; The Last Airbender. But the avatar this lens is about is defined as a picture representing a person on the internet. For example, the picture to the left is my avatar in the Squidu Forum.
Frustrated with loading your avatar image? Don't worry, I'll show you how.
The problem most people have when trying to upload an image from their computer as an avatar on a forum or another Web bases medium is with image sizing.
In general, avatars come in 4 sizes, but can be anywhere from 50 x 50 to 96 x 96 pixels.
The first, and most common in forums and chatrooms is the avatar at 80 x 80 pixels. Many forums (like Squidu) also choose to use 60 x 60 pixel images for avatars.
Buddy Icons are another name for avatars and they are usually 50 x 50 pixels.
Desktop Icons are usually 32 x 32 pixels.
Emoticon's are usually 15 x 15 pixels.
If you try to add an image that is too large for the predetermined pixel parameters, your avatar simply will not load.
If you are looking for how to make a 250 x 250 image for your intro module, try this tool, http://www.resizr.com
How To Add An Avatar Option One
- Find a cool or eyecatching picture that you want to be your avatar. It can be a digital photo that you took, or a digital JPG or GIF image that is on your computer.
- You can use whatever photo editing software you have, like photoshop for example, and then crop the pic to make a square. After you crop it, then you can re-size it to 60 x 60 pixels, or whatever size you need your avatar to be. Then, save the image with a different name than the original image so you do not accidentally load the wrong avatar.
- Go to the image loading section of your forum and select the new avatar image from your computer to load to the website and click the upload, then save button and you should have your avatar saved and ready to be viewed.
How To Add An Avatar Option Two
Using Free Software
This is my preferred method for creating avatar sized images. I use the free software, Avatar Sizer. It is quick and easy to use, and is the easiest way to resize an image for an avatar. Making your new avatar is as simple as the following four steps:
- Select the image
- Set the maximum width and height
- Press the Next>> button and your avatar is created
- Last step is to save your avatar and you are ready to go
PicMonkey Is Great For Photo Editing
For a free web based tool that lets you cut and resize images, along with changing the back ground and insert text overlays, check out PicMonkey.com
Again, PicMonkey is free to use and no registration is required. It is the perfect photo editing tool for the newbie. I have no idea how to use tools like Photoshop or Gimp, but PicMonkey is incredibly easy to figure out.
Websites To Make Custom Avatars
- South Park Avatar
Free tool to make custom South Park style avatars.
- Mad Men Yourself
Make a custom Mad Men, 1950s style avatar.
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- Create My Picture Avatar Generator - Create an Avatar Free
Make your quality cartoon Avatar Look-alike here free!
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Don't have any good images of your own, or don't want to bother with resizing? Then these sites are for you. Below you will find anime, action, cartoon, and avatars from all genres. Even animated avatars!
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