Posted:I'm fed up with my "Silent Bob" avatar. When I first signed up to HoP, I chose it cause I couldn't find anything better, and I'm fairly quiet, but I don't think it really represents me anymore.
Now, I've got a photo my Dad took on Christmas day of me doing fire poi, and i'd like to use it as an avatar. If you're interested, it's the antispin flowers piccy in my gallery, here.
What I want to know is, how do I shrink it down/compress it enough to use as an avatar, and what format is best to use for this? I have Photoshop and the other bit for doing internet-ready stuff (can't remember what it's called), but I'm not exactly familiar with using them.
I'd maybe like to do something a bit different with it as well, as a standard fire photo as an avatar has been done to death. I'd really like to animate some text over it, any advice as to how I could do that as well would be muchly appreciated! Any suggestions peeps?
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Posted:free apps you can try that support just about any raster image format you'll come accross:
gimpshop (modified version of 'the gimp' (most popular open source (free) image editor), to make it more photoshop user friendly (easier for anyone imo, the gimp itself is horrid) win32/mac/linux)
Serif PhotoPlus (win32) have to fill in some anoying forms but it's otherwise totally free and quite capable, good replacement for Paint Shop Pro if you don't want to purchase anything.
cheep commercial stuff :
Paint Shop Pro (win32) is superb for the price, 30 day trial is available, it used to work but give popus after 30 days, but now coral bought it it might stop dead, I don't know I use photoshop <grin>
Photoshop (win32/mac) is the daddy however.
In general for things like avatars, or other fiddly downsizing, it's better to create a blank image the size that you want, then copy your orriginal fullsize picture and paste it into that new image, and then use layer-transform-size option, and hold shift to maintain aspect while resizing.
that way you can perfectly fit whatever part of your image your after into the size container you need, without screwing the aspect ratio, and see exactly how it will look, bordered or or cropped or whatever as you tweek it.