How to upload your own Avatar. Step by Step
First you need an AVATAR Image... this should be no larger than 160 by 400 px
you can use this one if you like and modify it in any paint program
Right Click on the above image and choose Save As... to save to your PC, then open your paint program , MS paint (it really sucks for anything other
than laying on some bit of text) or download the Free shareware GIMP program. ..and im not making a tutorial on how to use GIMP ! I hope not anyway
GIMP is a rip off of photoshop. so you need to make a new layer over the avatar image template and work on that layer to add your own picture and
text, then when ur done, flatten the image, then save it for web as a png.
I use png for abovetopsecret as seems to retain the origial quality of the pic, whereas when i used jpg even set to highest quality in ats it seems to
loose a lot of quality. I dont know if the upload engine applies any compression or not? But try to use .png if you can
Now you have your Avatar you will want to upload it so you can be easily identified in the forums and it makes it a lot easier to find your own posts
in a long thread
How to upload an AVATAR:
0: login to your ATS account on www.abovetopsecret.com
1: go to the "member tools" button located on the horizontal button bar
2: click "My Pictures" , this takes you to the media portal
3: click "Upload Picture" and use the browse... to locate your avatar on your computer. click to upload.
Next Screen looks like this...
4: it should confirm your pic was uploaded
5: click on your picture of Avatar you can now see in your personal folder
6: it will show you the fullsize one now on the next screen, scrolldown to see the ATS URLs of the image. You want to copy to your clipboard the url
for the one it says "use as ATS avatar"
the URL should look something like this : files.abovetopsecret.com...
7: then click the green hyperlinked "ATS AVATAR" link above it
8:this takes you to "Your ATS Account Settings" page
9: you will see some grey data entry boxes, scroll down to find the "Avatar URL:" and click in that box and paste in your avatar url you saved from
6. either right-click and paste.. or when in the box press CTRL V. on ur keyboard which will paste it in.
10: Click the submit button. Thats it Done!
Now you can go back to your forum and see your handy work in your new avatar!
Please make note that there are two different "sites" for your ATS stuff.
and the other is the media centre (where u upload stuff like ur avatar and pictures to embed in forum posts or share with members
this "site" (subdomain) url is this:
So just note that each behave as if they are two different sites -but both linked together.
if your in the media one and want to get back to the forum, either deltet the "media." part from the url in your browser and refresh.
or simpler: click the "AboveTopSecret.com" white link at the top righthand of the page.
View this Tutorial in my Blog in seperate window
[edit on 18-1-2010 by mikeg2222]