Now that I have your attention, it has come to mine that it would be helpful to have a basic avatar crafting thread available, so here it is.
For this tutorial, we are going to be using GIMP
(GNU Image Manipulation Program). It's free, available for all
major OS's and for the purposes of making avatars, it's just as good as Photoshop.
Download the version of GIMP for the OS you are using and install it.
The first thing you need to do is pick a pic. If you don't have one already, Google Images
has pretty much any
kind of picture you could want. Advanced editing techniques is beyond the scope of this tutorial, so I suggest picking one that "looks like" it
will fit in an avatar-sized space after cropping and resizing.
For this project, I've chosen a picture of The Punisher because he's just plain awesome:
Start GIMP and load the image you've chosen. (Go to "File" then "Open" and locate the pic on your hardrive).
This image is obviously too wide, but fortunately the part we want to use is in one convenient avatar-shaped space on the pic, so we can just do a
little cropping and later on, some scaling.
Select the crop tool in Gimp (it's the one that looks like an exacto knife):
The perfect avatar size is 160 pixels wide, by 320 pixels tall, so we're going to use 160:320 as a fixed ratio for cropping.
After selecting the crop tool a series of options will appear below the toolbox. Check the box marked "fixed" and select "aspect ratio" from the
drop-down box beside that. Then in the box with the numbers directly below that put 160:320.
Continued on next post...