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New and looking for the 'right' look?

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4 years 8 months ago #748 by Kristin Darken
Kristin Darken created the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
A lot of people just getting into a forums will grab any old piece of art to throw in for an avatar. But as any forum vet will tell you, the avatar choice tells you a LOT about someone. And you really want the right avatar representing you... being your face in the community. So... what do you want?

Well, first some practical stuff. You need a relatively square image (in GIF or JPG format) that looks good between 100x100 and 200x200 pixels. You can upload something larger, but if you do, it WILL be compressed by the site so that the largest side is 200 pixels. Size displayed is also a bit relative, especially on smaller displays... so knowing that its good smaller is just as important as picking one with great detail and larger sizes.

Where oh where to find an avatar?

You could look pretty much anywhere... but the important thing is to remember that MOST artwork and images online belong to someone. So you want things that are specifically designed and freely available to be used as avatars.

I recommend making a visit to the Avatar Abyss over at the Alphacoders site . Lots and lots of really amazing art for use. Pick something wonderful. And then join in.

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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #751 by Arcanist Lupus
Arcanist Lupus replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
Wow. There's some good stuff in the Abyss. I may lose the next few hours perusing it. I don't if I can bring myself to give up the Man of La Mancha as an avatar, though. (Although now that I no longer go by Sir Read-a-Lot, it doesn't fit quite as well, so maybe I should change it. Decisions, decisions...)

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4 years 8 months ago #757 by NeoMagus
NeoMagus replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
Indeed, there is a lot of nice stuff there...

Still think I'm going to stick with mine though, since it's a custom modification to a pic that the artist gave me permission to use for this purpose.

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4 years 8 months ago #758 by E M Pisek
E M Pisek replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
I thought of it as Don Quixote

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4 years 8 months ago #769 by Domoviye
Domoviye replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
I'll stick with the inspiration of Super Bear. Seems appropriately whimsical.

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4 years 8 months ago #774 by Phoenix Spiritus
Phoenix Spiritus replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
Thanks Kristin, avatar swapped :)

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4 years 8 months ago #775 by NeoMagus
NeoMagus replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?

Phoenix Spiritus wrote: Thanks Kristin, avatar swapped :)


Very nice, Phoenix. Good choice.

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4 years 8 months ago #778 by E M Pisek
E M Pisek replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
Nice one, looks very intent on what she's doing.

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4 years 8 months ago #796 by Sir Lee
Sir Lee replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
I did a bit of experimenting and, while I'm sure that Kristin is correct as it pertains about the software specs...

...in practice, after all the HTML, CSS, dynamic resizing and such gets applied, I found that the largest avatar I could actually use was 122x144 (portrait). Anything larger than that will be resized to fit into that box. And, if you work with a narrower viewport (like a smaller screen, or if you prefer not to let your browser take the entire screen), the avatar pic can be resized even smaller -- or entirely hidden.

It's entirely possible that this upper limit is an artifact of my particular setup, however. Maybe if you have a high-density display (Retina or similar) the software will deliver a larger image if available. Or maybe there are different skins for the software which allow for larger images.

As for *my* avatar, I have been using Patrick McNee for years and I fully intend to keep doing so, unless I receive a request from his estate to stop.

Don't call me "Shirley." You will surely make me surly.

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4 years 8 months ago #1200 by nukestar
nukestar replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
I have my black hole picture I made with photoshop. Also I should probably say the website wouldn't accept bitmap images and while it is easy to save the picture as a .jpg that might frustrate some people.

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