You can choose to find one already made (such as a TV character or a cartoon), or you can make one. I'm going to show you how to make a simple, but effective avatar that consists of text and a few geometric shapes.
You'll need some sort of graphics editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, or Inkscape. I'll be using Photoshop CS5.
Note that the 'finished' avatar looks better than what it appears as, due to image compression when uploading them. I've also included the PSD file if you want to cheat or are too lazy to make one yourself.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Why should you use an avatar?
When choosing or making an avatar, you want to make sure that it meets most of these requirements:
- Good Image Quality
Now thats sorted, lets start making an avatar!