How to Make My Own Avatar

Wondering "How can I make my own avatar?" Or perhaps you're asking yourself, "What is an avatar in the first place?" Avatars are the small images that represent a user of an Internet chat community, like Yahoo! Messenger or AOL Instant Messenger, or other Internet mediums, such as social networking sites. They can be real pictures or cartoons, and making your own avatar is a fairly easy process.

Creating An Avatar-Sized Image
Most sites that allow avatars have a certain size limit. Images that are too big will not be supported, so keep in mind that your avatar should be small. Most sites will require Web avatars to be smaller than 200 by 200 pixels. Social networking sites tend to allow larger images than chat forums.

One easy way to make an avatar is to resize your digital pictures. Here's how you can do it. Find a picture of yourself that you like. Open the picture in a photo editing program. It doesn't have to be anything fancy like Photoshop; you can do this in Microsoft Paint. Once the picture has loaded, take a look at the toolbar options, and you'll find an option to stretch and skew the image. Play with the size of the image until the Web site you're trying to upload it to accepts it. Make sure that you change the horizontal and vertical the same amount so that the picture does not become distorted. Remember to choose Save As, so you don't save over the original image.

Designing Your Own Avatar
Web avatars can also be created by using a simple program such as Paint. Skilled Web users will have an easier go at it, though. For less apt users, there are avatar Websites that allow you to download images. For example, Meez allows the user to create his own avatar in 3-D with animation.

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