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Resizing Images For Avatars & Signatures

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:08 pm

A quick tutorial for all the new members who will inevitably wish to add Avatars to their account!

First, Avatars here at the are limited to 190 Pixels wide, 150 pixels high, and 40K in size.

Why these restrictions? Several reasons - first, large oversized Avatars disrupt the flow of the forum and can negatively effect the formatting of the message threads.

Second, the "Upload" feature is enabled for Avatars. Although convenient, allowing you to simply upload one of your existing pictures directly to the forum site (No offsite hosting required, although still possible), this consumes bandwidth. For small, appropriately sized Avatars, this is of no concern.

For large (non resized or compressed) avatars this can be a problem. The site will actually not allow you to upload an Avatar outside of the prescribed limits.

Assuming most people will want to use a favorite family picture, or a picture of their rig, you will need to crop and resize it accordingly to make it suitable for avatar use.

Resizing your image is not that difficult, so don't fear!

So, here we go!

1/ Pick your image - use whatever you please! (Easy enough!)
3/ Click on the "Browse" button and select your image from your hard drive.
4/ Once selected, click on the "Upload Image" button.
5/ The next screen will show your image, and resizing options.

Now, use the appropriate options (Which are very straightforward) to resize your image to fit with the prescribed limitations.. (190 X 150 Pixels, 40K Maximum)

Once you have accomplished this, continue.

6/ On the right hand pane (Showing your resized image) click on the "Save" button.
7/ Save the image to your hard disk, following the prompts. Remember to name it something different then the original file, otherwise it may overwrite your original image!

Now, return to the forum and upload this image as your Avatar file.

There are also many other photo manipulation programs and websites that will allow you to accomplish the same result, so feel free to use whatever you are comfortable with, but I have posted this as a reference for those who might not be comfortable with the process.

That's it! Enjoy your new Avatar!
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