Step 10: Avatars

When leaving comments on other people’s blogs within our xpress360 setup, it is a good idea to have an avatar that represents you.

What could you have on your avatar?

It might have your colour hair, types of clothes you like to wear, a guitar or pet or siblings that you have. It depends on which avatar creator site you choose to use.

Here are some creator sites – just click on the image and you will be taken to the site.

avatarbig
Easiest avatar to create and download
avatar3
Lots of choices but use printscreen or  snipping tool to save to computer
avatar blockhead
Only creates head, not much choice – printscreen or snipping tool to save
Create as a person or with animal attributes - snipping tool/printscreen to save
Create as a person or with animal attributes – snipping tool/printscreen to save
Head only not many choices - snipping tool or printscreen needed
Head only not many choices – snipping tool or printscreen needed
Anime maker - printscreen or snipping tool needed
Anime maker – printscreen or snipping tool needed
Need to register if you want fancy options - printscreen or snipping tool needed
Need to register if you want fancy options – printscreen or snipping tool needed

Using printscreen or snipping tool to save your avatar – make sure it is saved as a JPEG file

So you decided to create an avatar like  “Build your wildself” or “Mini Mizer” where you can’t download it easily. You need to take a picture of the screen first. Most computers have a printscreen button on the keyboard or if using Windows 7 you have an icon called “snipping tool”.

When you press printscreen an image of your screen is now copied to your clipboard. If using snipping tool, try to get only the part of the avatar you want to use. You will still need to crop and resize to get an avatar that fits well on your blog.

Here is a video showing how to find and use the snipping tool. When saving, make sure it is JPEG.

Go to your drive where you saved your avatar, right click on the icon for your avatar image and choose “Open with” choose Microsoft Office Picture Manager.

In the icons at the top, go to View> task pane.  On the right go to edit pictures > crop.  Now move the black bars on the side of your image in, to crop your picture to what you want in your avatar.

Click OK, then back to edit pictures. Now click on resize. In the box “custom width and height” put  200 in both boxes. These numbers might be slightly different but one has to be 200 and the other smaller than 200. Click OK.

Back up to file>save as> call it sueava2 or similar> make sure it is still JPEG. Make sure you have saved it to your drive again.

Upload avatar to your  blog

Now to upload to your blog.  Go to your dashboard> users>your avatar> browse to find your image wherever you saved it> upload.  This is your comment avatar. Move the edges out or in if you need to crop the image.

If you want your avatar to appear on your sidebar like mine does – Dashboard>appearance>widget> blog avatar drag to your sidebar.  To upload the avatar, dashboard>settings>blog avatar> browse to find your image>upload. Go to your blog page and refresh. Your blog avatar should appear on your blog now.

If it  looks like a black coloured square then you haven’t cropped the image to the correct size. Or maybe you didn’t save the image as a JPEG .

Sue Waters from Edublogs has written a great post explaining about uploading your avatar. She includes lots of images to help you solve your problems.

 

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