OK guys. I understand the avatar topic in general. I know what size the avatar needs to be and how to get there. But what I am amazed and confused about is how you guys get yours to look like you do. Sue Ann, Shelli, Judi, Paula and all you other delightful gals out there, know what I mean. You have these absolutely beautiful avatars with frames and your names on them. How the heck do you do that???????? I am so confused!
I did my avatar myself using a combination of Photo Impression and American Greetings. Once I got what I was satisfied with, I then printed and scanned my image to save in my picture file to then be downloaded to Photobucket. I know this is the long way around, but it was all I knew. It really wasn't hard (I do have a daughter who can answer questions for me), if I can do it anyone can. I know very little when it comes to computers. I was born in the BC era (before computers).
I didn't do all of them but I can claim a few!
I hope someday to gather clientele for my budding (but still very rookie) design skills but, for now, would love to make one for you both (Louise, Danni.) Send me a good photo -- preferably looking straight on -- and let me know your color/style preferences and I'll see what I can do.
They are done, by the way, in a graphics program. I happen ot use PhotoShop 7.0 but there are many other options if you'd like to tinker around with such a thing yourself. PhotoShop Elements is, I hear, a wonderful program, with much of the functionality of the big PhotoShop program that I use available for users, but in a somewhat "simpler" format (PhotoShop is a very hard program to learn and I think I could spend ten hours a day learning it and still be learning twenty years from now.)
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I've been wondering what graphics programme to buy - now i know!
BUT, it sounds as if i shall be nearing 90 before i can actually use it to any effect. Why are all these programmes sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo difficult to use - bet they were designed by men.
I recently bought 'Photo Artmaster' which, as the blurb on the front of the packaging reads, "turn your photos into fine art" hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah - i have managed to load it - open it and close it down. I have'nt even managed to make my photos look like a kids finger painting yet let alone anything even remotely resembling fine art. Even the manual is for brainiacs, it does'nt mean diddly squat to me. Might as well be written in ancient aramaic for all the good it is going to do me!
This is from a woman who JUST manages to run a website - i still don't have a clue how to work off-line and upload to the site AND i can't even put a background on it either - so Shelli as far as i'm concerned - you are a goddess of the computer and i shall worship at your doubtless spotlessly clean feet!
Aw, that's very sweet, Penny... but I am really not all that computer literate, I swear it. It's not false modesty. I fumble and stumble around like everyone else; I just have greater tolerance for staying up really late!
Let me know if/how I can help in any way as you move forward and I'll do my best to assist where I can.
Thanks. You are most definitely too sweet (but don't change). How big is it? If the avatar is only 185 pixels wide, as is acceptable on this board, I can't imagine how it would be too big for my program.
I have been thinking about calling you regarding another matter, but I have had a writing project over my head, as well as normal day-to day life, which, as certainly most of us know, can interrupt for days at a time. I finished the most urgent writing project tonight, and will need to clear a couple of other semi-urgent ones before I can formulate any new plans. As soon as I can, I'll call you.
Let me know if you still have problems with the avatar, we'll figure something out.