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View Poll Results: Do you find avatar-creation tools helpful?
Yes! More, more more! 28 39.44%
No thanks, I like making my own completely custom avatars 24 33.80%
No thanks, I like just using the stock avatars or clip art 6 8.45%
The blue one, next to the fish 13 18.31%
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Old 09-14-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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How to create your own custom avatar

So you've seen those fancy images sported by Zelda_Pinwheel, Ravenne, Dreams, etc. and you're wondering, "where can I get a unique avatar like that? How come all I have to choose from are these boring cartoon characters?"

Wonder no more. Whether you have artistic skills or are completely without pixel talents, there are tools to help you create that perfect avatar.

Many, many sites can help you if you're interested in creating a cartoon face for your avatar, whether you want it to look like you or completely different. Some will even generate an avatar automatically for you, based on text you enter (e.g. your email address), so you'll have a sort of coded image.

Examples of avatars I've created using these services, for your viewing pleasure, and the websites they came from:


From http://illustmaker.abi-station.com/index_en.shtml


From http://www.simpsonsmovie.com/main.html


From http://www.mrpicassohead.com/


From http://www.reasonablyclever.com/blockhead/index.htm


From http://www.miieditor.com/


From http://digibody.com/avatar-maker/index.php


From http://www.doppelme.com/


From http://www.reasonablyclever.com/mm2/index.htm


From http://turnyournameintoaface.com/


From http://friedcellcollective.net/monsterid/


From http://www.faceyourmanga.com/homepage.php?lang=eng

There are many more avatar generation tools out there, including some that use photos as input. Feel free to post more links in this thread!
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:37 AM   #2
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I just shrank (or is that shrunk - or is shrunk only for heads...but I digress) a bigger image for my current avatar.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:03 AM   #3
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interesting thank you.
I'd no idea all those facilities were available - I just Photoshop my avatars.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:16 AM   #4
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OK, Neko, that was tricky... (putting a poll up)

I felt guilty after reading your post (see link below) because I was one of those that read your wonderful post up above, played with some of your suggested avatar creation links, and moved on out without posting a thank you for the information..

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/sho...postcount=7954

So, , for the links. I play with creating my own with a combination of photos, clip art, paint, etc. Lately, I used some paintings I like and some I want to buy (well, really hoping someone in the family will get the hint and buy it for me.)

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Old 09-15-2009, 07:46 AM   #5
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Photoshop (or similar image manipulation programs) make creation of avatars relatively easy.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:58 AM   #6
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My two favourite avatars were each made by two of my favourite people here at MR - one was made by Taylor514ce, and the other one was...hmm, I can't remember. Hey, Neko, do you remember?

Also, my current avatar is not one of the above. From its content, it will come as a complete shock to everyone that I actually made it (but the urge to change is strong, and so this part of the post may be made redundant without notice).

Also again, I'm going to give those sites above a go. Thanks, Neko.

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Old 09-15-2009, 10:57 AM   #7
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Is there a site that changes my avatar with every post?
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:45 PM   #8
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I'm having trouble making a choice. I guess you would say I make my own custom avatars, but actually, I have Shannon make them for me! If she ever stops, I will definitely need the links, Neko! Thanks.
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:46 PM   #9
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And I get mine from the Xena web sites all over. But if I ever switch away from Xena, I will *certainly* need help in creating an avatar, and will check out these places. Thanks!
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Old 09-15-2009, 02:50 PM   #10
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:57 PM   #11
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There are a couple of South Park avatar makers out there, I guess. Here's another: http://www.southparkstudios.com/fans/avatar/

I am also accumulating a list of sites that let you input a photo (or other image) and manipulate it, e.g.:

http://www.imagechef.com/
http://obamiconme.pastemagazine.com/

Sort of photoshop-lite, I guess, in that you start with an image of your own first. And of course many people just snag an image they like from the web somewhere. (In a sense, that's what I did, though I do own the item I'm using an image of.)

Pshrynk, there are modules that can be added to phpBB (our forum software) that cycle through a set of avatars each time a member posts, but adding a feature like that to the site might be somewhat controversial. I do have an outstanding offer to our Glorious Queen to make her a utility to do that, but I haven't had time or spare brain cells to work on it.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:55 PM   #12
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So, I had a portrait done this past summer...
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So, I had a portrait done this past summer...
Is that an old Beaulieu Super 8 in one hand and a pint of vodka in the other, or are you just happy to see me?

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Old 09-16-2009, 08:40 AM   #14
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Is that an old Beaulieu Super 8 in one hand and a pint of vodka in the other, or are you just happy to see me?

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It's one of the new Harv and Vera Avatars line up. First out is the ever popular Dr Montsnmags!
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:45 AM   #15
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They look like nice tools, but I prefer making my own

I find it's always fun to add some pictures together and create something new that way. I should really update my avatar one of these days...
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