So that you are known globally, you need to have an avatar that represents you.
But can’t I use a picture from Google?
No, most pictures on Google or other search engines are copyright and belong to someone else.
I have included below some avatar creation sites suitable for students in primary school. Just click on the image and it will take you to the website.
Step 1. Create your avatar
Step 2. 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 “Hero Factory” or “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. 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.
Here is a post explaining how to upload your user avatar to your class blog.
Instead of using one of the avatar sites above, you might want to draw your own image or use another drawing tool.
Want to create an avatar using Publisher? Read Mrs Smith’s post about how her class did this activity. PS Make sure you read the hints in Mrs Smith’s comment linked here before using Publisher to create avatars.