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.
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.