[How to] Upload & Resize Avatars

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[How to] Upload & Resize Avatars

Postby Rogers on Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:07 pm

I've tried searching this, and nothing keeps coming up - I just set up the avatar in the Control Panel, and think that a thread on how to post them up and get around the restrictions that are in place for the avatars could be spelled out a bit more clearly.

What is an Avatar?

In instant-messaging programs:

AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) was the first popular instant-messaging program to use avatars, picking up on the idea from PC games. Users of AIM commonly refer to avatars as buddy icons. Today, many other popular instant-messaging services support the use of avatars, including Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, and services using the XMPP (Jabber) protocol such as Google Talk, LJ Talk, and Gizmo Project.
Instant messaging avatars are usually very small. AIM icons are 48x48 pixels, although many icons can be found online that typically measure anywhere from 50x50 pixels to 100x100 pixels in size. A wide variety of these imaged avatars can be found on web sites and popular eGroups such as Yahoo! Groups.
The latest use of avatars in instant messaging is dominated by dynamic avatars. The user chooses an avatar that represents him while chatting and, through the use of text to speech technology, enables the avatar to talk the text being used at the chat window. Another form of use for this kind of avatar is for video chats/calls. Some services, such as Skype (through some external plugins) allow users to use talking avatars during video calls, replacing the image from the user's camera with an animated, talking avatar.[10][11]
AIM buddy icons have been used as an experimental form of viral marketing by some advertising firms.[12]
- courtesy of wikipedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avatar_(computing)#In_instant-messaging_programs

How do I post an Avatar?
Your avatar can be posted up in your User Control Panel.

On the left hand banner, you select Edit Avatar, which will be a small image (almost like a postage stamp) that will be a part of your profile when you post.

Your avatar must conform to SpoilerTV Forum Rules & Guidelines http://forum.spoilertv.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=2511

The Avatar must have the maximum dimensions of 130 x 130 pixels. That's not very big. These specifications can be double-checked by investigating the properties of the image. Right-clicking usually makes this option appear. This will also show you the maximum size of the file. The maximum file size is only 40 kb.

So your avatar image should conform to these rules.

How can you adjust an existing image to fit these dimensions?

You've got two options to make sure that an avatar fits the size. You can either search for a new image that fits the requirements (like going to Google, typing in a search string, and then readjusting the results to only show the Small or Medium sized search results).

Or you can use an image doctoring software (like Photo Shop) where you adjust the size and dimensions of the image to conform to the Avatar limits.

(1) Open the image in photoshop, and save it in some format that uses compression (use jpeg if you aren't sure).

(2) Close the document, then look to see what the filesize is.

(3) Reopen the image in Photoshop, and choose "Image Size" from the "Image" menu.

If you need to shrink your image to be EXACTLY 600 kb, here's a trick for doing it in Photoshop (a similar method could be used in GIMP I would suppose):

NOTICE: don't click "OK" until step (6)

(4) Once you get the "Image Size" dialog, UNCHECK the "Resample Image" checkbox, then change the resolution to your actual filesize (in this case 2000). Provided you have UNCHECKED the "Resample Image" checkbox, this will NOT change your filesize, however you will see some numbers change. Don't worry.

(5) Now, CHECK the "Resample Image" checkbox.

(6) This time, with the checkbox checked, change the resolution to your actual filesize (in this case 600). Now you can click "OK" to exit the dialog, and you should see your image shrink.

Now save the image with a new filename (use "save as..."), and check your filesize. It should be approximately 600 kb.

There, did that help you get the Avatar up and working?


To request a custom avatar, please head to this thread.


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Re: Avatars

Postby Bella on Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:17 pm

Great job, Rogers! I'm going to sticky this.

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Re: [How to] Upload & Resize Avatars

Postby Joshjb on Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:25 pm

Thanks Rogers. :)
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Re: [How to] Upload & Resize Avatars

Postby SorshaFire on Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:33 pm

I would like to add that in photobucket you can also edit your avatars and banners. You can re-size, crop, add text and much more. :)
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