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4 years 8 months ago #2215 by Valentine
Valentine replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?

Space Elf wrote: Can other people upload images for avatars? The option for me gone. The tab is there, I have 'save' and 'cancel' but no upload option~

And sorry if this is what you all were talking about with the tweaking stuff, but my issue sounds a bit different so I thought I'd report it in case. >_>;


It's under "Main Profile" then "Edit" (Update) then Portrait.

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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #2216 by Arcanist Lupus
Arcanist Lupus replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
It's not gone, just a bit harder to find. Go to "Main Profile" (upper left hand corner of any page), and then look for the "edit" button on the upper left hand corner of the banner and click "Update Your Profile" Then click the tab that says "Portrait"

It took me some time to find as well.


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4 years 8 months ago #2218 by Dawnfyre
Dawnfyre replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
then you need to wait for image approval, unfortunately that message is missing from the process.

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4 years 8 months ago #2219 by Kristin Darken
Kristin Darken replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
click on your generic avatar in the login panel

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4 years 8 months ago #2244 by Sir Lee
Sir Lee replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
This is a question, not a complaint:

Are the "maximum dimensions" in the avatar upload form correct? Because the form implies that the largest avatar possible is 200px wide X 500px high, which is... an oddly elongated form factor.

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4 years 8 months ago #2263 by Space Elf
Space Elf replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
Yep, I'm a dork. Thanks all.

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4 years 8 months ago #2274 by Kristin Darken
Kristin Darken replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?

Sir Lee wrote: This is a question, not a complaint:

Are the "maximum dimensions" in the avatar upload form correct? Because the form implies that the largest avatar possible is 200px wide X 500px high, which is... an oddly elongated form factor.


Isn't it? I looked at that for a long time when I ran across it in the setting trying to understand 'why' those numbers. From a practical standpoint... the 200 wide makes sense. That's more or less defined by the space available to the left of forums posts, etc. But I guess it assumes that 'all that vertical space there must also be 'available'... so why limit avatars from using it? You don't 'have' to use all 500 vertical. But given space available?

Also, while I haven't worked it in anywhere yet... the CB extension (Community Builder) has a neat presentation of a members list that is heavily based on the canvas/avatar thing.

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4 years 8 months ago #2286 by Dawnfyre
Dawnfyre replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?

Kristin Darken wrote: Also, while I haven't worked it in anywhere yet... the CB extension (Community Builder) has a neat presentation of a members list that is heavily based on the canvas/avatar thing.


ouches. extensions like that can twist things so members need to use the gravitar service to have anything other than the default av. no idea if the CB does that, but needing a different site to have functionality like that rubs me the wrong way, I refuse to use such services.

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4 years 8 months ago #2298 by Kristin Darken
Kristin Darken replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
I don't think so. The site in general allows for the use of gravitar... but I don't think there is anything that makes it 'required'.

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4 years 8 months ago - 4 years 8 months ago #2663 by Sir Lee
Sir Lee replied the topic: New and looking for the 'right' look?
On a somewhat related (and far less useful) topic...

I was a bit bored and decided to look into customizing the "banner image" (what the software calls the "canvas image") that appears on top of your profile page:
whateleyacademy.net/index.php/main-profile

(Avatar and "canvas", along with other details, can be changed here: whateleyacademy.net/index.php/cb-profile-edit/userdetails )

Anyway... you can upload your own images, and the software will warn you that the maximum image dimensions are 1280x640 (otherwise it will be shrunk to fit), and maximum file size is 1.95 Mb, but that's not the whole story.

What I figure out experimenting with it is that:
a) the width of the "canvas" is proportional to the width of the browser viewport, but the height is fixed (that is, the aspect ratio of the canvas is variable)
b) Under no circumstances the software will leave "blank" areas around the canvas image: it will always shrink/expand the image so it covers the full canvas area, and then truncate it either vertically or horizontally to fit.

Which all results in: no matter what are your canvas image dimensions, some of it is bound to get truncated, depending on the screen size of the visitor. So, my best guess is: don't bother attempting to use a image where there is important info around the borders -- you are better off with something like landscapes, where a lot of the pic can be cropped out without it looking like crap.

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