If you want to personalize your computer user profile or Web presence, one easy way is to load a personal avatar---the small image that visually represents you on your computer network and online. Your avatar can be a photo of yourself, or a piece of art that you feel represents you. The more personal your avatar, the more uniquely recognizable you will be in cyberspace. All it takes is some time in an image editor.
Things You'll Need
- Image editing software
Find or create an image you would like to use for your avatar. You can start with a file in any format, size or shape as long as you can re-save, re-size and crop it down to a rectangle or square. Save the image to your hard drive.
Open the image in your image editing program. Crop it to a square. Re-size the image to a small pixel ratio (96 by 96 provides a high resolution without experiencing too much "squash" when it shrinks down to its actual display size). Make any remaining stylistic changes to the image---color hue, saturation, distortion---that you would like.
Save the image as a JPEG or GIF file. Load it wherever you would like it seen: online forums, your social networking or business networking site, or your computer's user profile.
Tips & Warnings
- If you have any animation expertise, you can make your avatar an animated GIF. Motion will set your avatar apart from most others.
- Make your avatar resemble yourself at your own discretion. Exact representations of yourself are more apropos for social networking sites where you can control your contacts; on anonymous forums, identification could be a liability.
- Photo Credit keyboard and mouse. image by red2000 from Fotolia.com
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