Step 5: 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

avatar3

avatar blockhead

Create as a person or with animal attributes - snipping tool/printscreen to save

Head only not many choices - snipping tool or printscreen needed

Anime maker - 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.

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.

13 thoughts on “Step 5: Avatars

    • G’day Angelica,
      If you click on the images on this post it will take you to the avatar site, ready for you to create your own. Save it to your computer, then upload on your blog.

    • G’day Fiona,
      It will depend which avatar you have created. If you have used the moeru avatar then you download to your computer and save somewhere where you can find it again easily. If you have created one like Lego or Build your wildself then you will need to take a screenshot or use the Snipping Tool if using Windows on your computer. The rest of this post explains how to do that.

        • Fiona,
          On the manga page you have used, above the area where you created your Manga there is an explanation about how to save it to your computer. Then you need to go back to the challenge blog post for week 1 and there are links there for how to upload your avatar to your blog. There is a link for edublogs and blogspot.

  1. Hi Miss W, I just signed up the student blog challenge and I’m a little bit confused, in week 1, am I just writing about who I am? Is there anything else?

    • Hi Gina,
      Week 1 involves creating an avatar, uploading your avatar to your blog, writing a post explaining why the avatar represents you and writing a post or page about yourself – if you have already done this earlier in the year then you might want to write a post about New Zealand then any visitors could ask you questions about your country.

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