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26-09-2006
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How to Make Your Own Avatars?
I already posted this question in the avatar thread but didn't get any response...

I know how to make avatars on PCs but haven't been able to really figure it out on a mac yet... is there a sort of paint program on macs where you can resize and do borders and check the actual size etc?

Any answers would be greatly appreciated

I know there is at least one other member out there who would also appreciate any sort of help with this..

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Chrissy as far as I know on a Mac you need to have photoshop (but I'd LOVE it if I'm wrong.)

However, the way I sort of get around this is to use iphoto. When exporting the file you specify what pixel size it should be. This works ok for the smaller avs as you can choose 'square' from the crop menu and then export it to the exact size, but I think with the rectangular avs it would be a more complicated process. Also you can't add borders (that I know of!).

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hmm interesting... i'll poke around and see what I've got on my comp

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26-09-2006
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the iphoto thing seems to work... you just put custom constraints or something on it while cropping.. then when you export you can just type in the correct dimensions...

the only thing i can't really figure out how to do is put borders on but i guess that's not the end of the world..

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i'm trying this out right now on iphoto but who do i get it so i can crop the picture to the size of a 160 x 80 avatar?

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05-10-2006
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what i did was click on the bottom and put in my own "custom constraints" while cropping... i may be getting the wording wrong because i don't have the program open right now...

you have to kind of play around with it....
I'll try to make some avatars later tonight if i get the chance and will let you know how it goes...

i remember it was easier when i turned the picture to just crop out the area that i wanted....

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^what were your custom constraints because when i cropped an avatar to 160 x 80, it ended up being 800 x 500

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sorry never got around to fiddling with this again.... my constraints wer 160x80, and I think the size was significantly bigger like yours... but when you export it you just put one of those numbers in as a size/limit or whatever again and it will export at the right size...

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ah... merci!

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you're welcome... hope it made sense

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You need to have a photo editing program installed, like photoshop. It's possible you already have a program that can do that ... maybe paint or iphoto? Some of the digital cameras come with photo editing tools, too which you can install on your computer.

You need to have some sort of a program with a function that will allow you to crop the image to the right ratio and one to resize the image to the right number of pixels. For your size avatar, it needs to be 160X80 pixels.

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