How to set a custom avatar.

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How to set a custom avatar.

Post by Fusion » Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:44 pm

Greetings.

I've been asked how to set a custom avatar by a surprisingly large amount of people. I didn't think so many people would have problems with this. But they do, so I'm posting this to tell you how.
  1. Find an image on the Internet.
  2. If you're using Internet Explorer: Right-click the image -> Select 'Properties' > Copy the text to the right of 'Address (URL)'.
    If you're using Firefox: Right-click the image -> Select 'Copy Image Location'.
    If you're using Opera: Right-click the image -> Select 'Copy image address'.
    If you're using another browser, you'll have to figure it out yourself, or post here and maybe someone can help you.
  3. Go to the 'User Control Panel' link at the top of the forum (or click here).
  4. Click on the 'Profile' Button in the panel to the left.
  5. Click on the 'Avatar' button from the same panel to the left.
  6. Paste the copied URL into the 'Link to off-site Avatar' text-box.
    Or, alternatively, Upload an avatar to the website using a file on your computer.

    Click the 'Browse' Button next to the white box.
    Find the Image you wish to use, and double-click on it.
  7. Click 'Submit' at the bottom of the page.
Then you're done!

Remember, the avatar you choose must be 112x112 pixels in size, or smaller. You can check this in the image properties window (see step 2). If you are found to have an avatar over this limit, you will be punished.

If you want to scale an image down so it meets the 112x112 requirement, you can do so by using a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop, if you have access to such software. (You an also use MS Paint) If you don't know how to do this, I'm currently willing to scale down images for users - just send me a private message asking me to, and make sure you give me the image!

I hope that helped.
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Post by Enzo03 » Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:31 pm

Maybe it should also be told how to upload an image from your computer to use as an avatar.

First, you may need an image editor.
There are two I can suggest that are 100% free.

Irfanview is a free image viewing tool, but it can also be used for tasks such as resizing an image. I will not go into details on how to do this, but in on of the menus you may find an option that says "Resample"... :wink:

The G.I.M.P (The GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free Image editor that rivals photoshop in power and ability. Of course, you can use this to resize your images as well. I still won't go into details on how to do it, though, but it's easy if you can figure it out. I use this one regularly for many things, including game modding.

Anyway, there probably are other options available, but these two I personally know to be 100% safe and usable.

IMPORTANT: You should save your avatar as either a PNG file or JPG. If you use JPG, use the lowest compression you can, or else the picture may look ugly. If you use PNG, you can use the highest compression without uglifying the picture :).
I use PNG because when I can save them as written above, they are smaller, but still look better.

After you have your image prepared for use as an avatar, you should upload it to a site such as photobucket or imageshack.
I will use imageshack for this example.
The site is http://imageshack.us/

When you are there, click the browse button. A browse window should come up. This is mine:
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Go to where you saved the picture, and click "open":
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Now that you have selected your picture, click "upload!"
WARNING: IMAGESHACK IS A CHEAP-(I need to watch my language) ORGANIZATION WHO ATTEMPTS TO INJECT BRAINWASHING ADVERTISEMENTS FOR EVERY UPLOADED PICTURE. So close the ad, but do not close the window with imageshack in it, or you will need to re-upload.

When your picture has uploaded, you will see several links and "+Show Advanced Linking" at the bottom. Click the plus sign by Show Advanced Linking.
They only say not to use this form of linking because, like I said above, they are money-hungry and advertisments are the only way to go for them. Too bad.
You should now see a box under the thing you clicked, and it will have something like this:

Code: Select all

http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/5370/exampleavatarsp2.png
Copy that by highlighting it all, right clicking and selecting "copy".
I prefer to copy links by pressing ctrl+C numerous times (about 3). I don't really know why, but it works too.

Now you take that link and set it as your avatar as Fusion described above.

Voila. Here is my example picture:
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Hope this helps too.
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Post by superssonicx » Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:04 pm

[mod]Please don't quote the post directly above yours, especially one as long as that. Thanks.

-Fusion[/mod]
thats another way to do it

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Post by ultimashadow1 » Sat Sep 20, 2008 1:58 am

.lol thats easy i know how to get the url of things how could i not know but thx anyway

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Post by SuperAnthony » Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:58 pm

This is good, because it will help new people to the forums.
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Post by Matusrules » Thu Oct 16, 2008 1:05 am

uh, Thanks? :walkto:
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Post by sonic720 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:23 am

THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH THANKS TO YOU MY PROFILES AWESOME almost i gotta fix it a bit
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Post by tailschao123 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 1:22 am

thank you

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Post by pickachu553 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:38 am

I knew that and its peasy!

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Post by Metal Sonic » Wed Nov 26, 2008 12:45 am

I knew that the first day forums were released (this time wasn't there first time).
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Post by tailstornado » Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:37 pm

well why are you guys here if you already knew? i see no reason to announce that you know this already
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Post by sonic nerd » Mon Jan 05, 2009 11:32 pm

its so other people that dont know can learn :darkcool: :cool: :herocool:

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Post by narunaruchao » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:59 pm

Thanks you!!! :chaohappy:

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Post by Cha0z Slayer » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:14 pm

errr.how do i make my own creations(my scanned copies)into the avatar.As you can see,my avatar is an X even changing it to a png,pif and the other thingy -_- :herocry:(as for the others talking on this forum,it's so they get easy chao points...
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Post by Kosen » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:20 pm

I have a question about the custom avies. How come a lot of images I and others have tried to use only come out as half an avie?
All the ones I have tried were 100x100 or smaller... The only one that will work is this bird image. :no:

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Post by Fusion » Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:39 pm

Were you using trying to upload the image to CI? There have been recent server issues which may have caused this problem - try it again, it may work now.

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thanks agian

Post by Fuzzy Chaos » Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:06 am

yea i didnt know how to do this so thanks

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Post by Trigger1 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:39 am

DARNET PEOPLE! Do you know I spent about three hours trying to do it and can't?!?!? I spend like three times the time than you guys to trying to get a pic in my avatar but I still dun get it ='[ everytime i try everytime i fail god i haven't had anything in meh avatar ever since i joined ci! =""[ I know fusion just said it hbut i can't get what he's trying 2 say ="""[ for some reason it's making me really angry that everyone knows how to do stuff when i can't geez it took me 6 months to learn how to send url and now i'm stuck with this! ="""""""""""""""""""""""[
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Post by SuperAnthony » Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:47 am

No offense Trigger, but please stop complaining. So you cant do it. Oh well, just use one of the ones they give you...
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Post by Trigger1 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 10:50 pm

SuperAnthony wrote:No offense Trigger, but please stop complaining. So you cant do it. Oh well, just use one of the ones they give you...
Oh, get use to it.
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Post by Reala » Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:44 pm

Thank you, Fusion. That really helped. ^^
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Post by EliOceans » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:27 pm

i have no idea y, but whenevr i try to chage it, it goes 2 a white screen and i cant change my avi now!

YAY! EDIT!: i found out why, it was because of the dragcave. it hasnt been working lately, so i guess it messed up some other stuff with my profile. YAY! MY AVI IS BACK!

PS: that stuff was happeneing 4 like 5 days. i was very very mad :blah: lol

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Post by Dale444 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:11 pm

thanks and look at my new picture :suprise:

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Post by Eevlynn » Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:58 pm

Thank you.
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I NEED HELP GETTING AN ANIMATED IMAGE!

Post by HardcoreZeldaFan » Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:15 pm

I need help amking an animated avatar! I know how to make one, (i use movie maker and paint,it sucks ino) but i cant get it lower than 41.5 KB! it needs to be 32 KB and i reduced size and length alot but its STILL 41.5 KB......can someone help me??? :herocry:
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