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Step 1: Materials ?
But whatever you want you need that right materials to do so. You can basically use any graphic editing program out there. If you use windows the there is paint, if you have adobe photoshop that's even better. You can download a huge list of graphic editing programs, google is your friend.
That's all you need to get started with your avatar creation.
Step 2: Image Avatars
Step 1 :
Start up your image editing software and , either open it in a new document , import or cut and paste on a canvas the image of your choice.
re-size the image by clicking on the re-size canvas or image button in tools or on the tool bar and set the values to 100% x 100%. Note that all forums does not have the same image size restrictions , some forums may require smaller images.
Adding text is the main hook here, having a plain image may not describe basically what you are trying to show so you need some cool text , quote, slang or even your name to describe it.
Change the text size for your choice because the first text may be bigger then the second or even crop them to different proportions and dimension like 3d texts. Change the colours to suit your need and which really get on with the image.
Now save the image as whatever title name you want and then just upload it to any image server or forum you want and wola ! you have your very own image avatar with text.
You have your own avatar , you can change it anytime for anything new and you are the next step to getting recognized on the forums.
Step 3: Animated Avatars
Open you favorite image editing program and copy and paste a image you want to animate, or a drawing.
After you have loaded the first image save it as 1. the open a new canvas and make the second frame of the animation, save as 2 and so on tot he other frames.
After you have all you image avatars and your made the final touches you will have to open up your web browser and go to http://www.iaza.com/ load image and click on the animate link and upload your photos and set your frame to the speed desired and whether to loop or not. Then click save and the preview should appear. then click on the preview and right click and save image as.
Upload to your forum or website which you want to use it on and yeah your forum mate would love it.
Step 4: Finally a edit
So hope you have got what you were looking for and happy avatar making.