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Old 10-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #1
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Hi,

there are other guides and software but no online ones yet.
So here is one free online tool that you can use.
I just found it and tried it as I'm not on my computer.

It's a pixlr on http://pixlr.com/.
If you don't like that your final picture has hard edges use Gaussian blur and sharpen.

1) open photo editor (http://pixlr.com/editor/)
2) open image from computer/URL
2b) Filter -> Guassian blur (Amount: 11)
3) select crop (press 'C')
4) set Constraint (under the menu bar) to "Output size" and set Width: 115, Height: 145
5) click and drag on the picture to create a rectangle with grid
6) move and resize the rectangle so it creates avatar that is pleasant to the eye, try using rule of thirds
7) hit enter to apply the crop and resize
7s) Filter -> Sharpen
8) File -> Save (CTRL+S), save or upload where ever you like, JPG/JPEG and set the Quality as high as possible while keeping the size lower than 19KB. (Usually Quality is around 95-99)
9) done, set your picture in user control panel (User CP -> Edit Avatar)

Gaussian blur and sharpen is optional, the next picture for example looks better without Gaussian blur and applied just a little bit of Filter -> Unsharp mask (Amount/Radius/Threshold: 20/2/0) at the end. Every picture needs a bit different treatment to be nice and sharp, play with the other features if you like.
BTW it looks very similar to Photoshop but the features have less options, it's free and online.

Example:

Original: 2)
Click the image to open in full size.

Gaussian Blur: 2b)
Click the image to open in full size.

Crop and resize: 7)
Click the image to open in full size.

Sharpen: 7b)
Click the image to open in full size.

Other options:
Without Gaussian blur and sharpen:
Click the image to open in full size.

After applying Unsharp mask (20/2/0):
Click the image to open in full size.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:10 PM   #2
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Thank you. Got it figured. Very useful.

Perhaps we should sticky this?
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Old 10-18-2011, 05:23 AM   #3
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Thank you, JackCY. Very useful post!
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for this!! I played with this and finally got Steve Mcqueen to replace the one in the INTJ archives of Huey Long. Now I can relax and explore the rest of the site.

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Ghost Wheel, that is the coolest avatar!!...It's from my all-time favorite PBS Masterpiece Theater series from the early '80's..."Riley, Ace of Spies"...I have looked in vain for the DVD at all the PBS stores, but have never found it. Thanks for refreshing my recollection of this excellent production.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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Wow, people put a lot of work into avatar resizing. I just eyeball an approximate crop for dimensions. Resize and chop off the few extra pixels left over.
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Old 11-19-2011, 03:34 PM   #6
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Guess it depends what software you use to crop and resize.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:53 PM   #7
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A simple tutorial using paint

http://makeavataronpaint.webs.com/
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:09 PM   #8
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I love pixlr.com! Thanks for the quick guide!
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:28 AM   #9
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Thank you; this was very helpful.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:09 PM   #10
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Thanks, this was very helpful!
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #11
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Extremely helpful. Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2013, 05:28 AM   #12
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Thank you :-)
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:15 AM   #13
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Thanks. I rarely use Paint. Can you tell me if there is a way to maximize the file size? (30) so you an maximize the quality and trim down the ones that are more than 30 after editing?
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:02 AM   #14
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Cool, thanks.

Took a few goes, what with me being a ham-fisted clown and all.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #15
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Thank you.
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