Like that? I just drew hats on in paint.net - nice and simple. No specialist website required.
If you want to be able to use custom avatars, PM winna. He's either the keymaster or the gatekeeper as far as avatars go around here. I don't know which one, though.
Strangely enough, I'm a bit like both, but perhaps never at the same time.
I'd also like to add that I request people wanting custom avatars to show me an example of an avatar they'd like to use. The reason I request this is so the user can demonstrate that they understand the guidelines
which rule over our avatars (things like 64x64 and transparency). I also use it as a means to judge the avatars because I use a loose subjective approach on what is acceptable; I'm not trying to just be a dick, but part of my powers were granted I think because my perspective is similar to that of the owner on the point of avatars. We are rather elitist about our avatars after all. It's important that custom avatar users understand the guidelines because once I gift them the ability to upload on their own, they can then freely change avatars at will. Hopefully they don't break the guidelines or then I have to send people messages or delete their accounts or something... I forget which.
Thanks, I PMed him earlier so I hope I get it soon.
I didn't realize that was the one you wanted to have. If it is, let it be known, either in this thread or via pm and you can have the privilege of custom avatars.
He's only been dropping by about once a week, so some patience may be necessary. fwiw, I think I only had to wait 4 days.
yes, I've been a bit busy lately. I normally read these thread, but all of this posting caught me off guard. I'm working to catch up on what people are up to though, and if people understand how to get custom avatars better then I can process the requests more quickly... hypothetically.
Could I also have a regular version of his head with the words: "Give your meat a good ol' rub" surronding his head?
I'd prefer if avatars did not have text on them in a general sense. Avatars to me represent an image of what you are like; it is very literally what people will associate with you and your psyche and your postings. Furthermore, there is a general recommendation (or rule or guideline, whichever) which concerns that avatars are not to appear square. This is why we use transparency and it generally makes the message board look better; text generally destroys that illusion. If you had it temporarily, I probably wouldn't say anything, however, I do reserve the right to message custom avatar users and ask that they change things if I feel some purpose has been broken on peel concerning avatars and their uses.
How do you do this?
You decide you want a custom avatar. Then you make one yourself or get someone else to make it. Then you ask me to set an option in your account that allows you to upload the example you show me. If you would like further information, I refer you to the page titled Avatar
in the Peel wiki. A fairly in depth breakdown on how avatars operate and a brief history on their uses can be found there.
Pretty good job. However, the dimensions on that image are 62 by 63. These are unacceptable for Peel.
I want to have this as my avatar, but I can't upload...
That image has to be resized to 64x64 in order to be useable as an avatar. Furthermore, it would probably require scanning
in order to make it look good
.. and I do generally require that avatars look good
. The scanning and resizing process are a bit more complicated than they might seem, and it will take time for someone to turn that into an avatar. I have no problems with you using that image as the subject material though; it looks pretty cool.
I use a variety of tools to make avatars... chiefly amongst them are irfanview (for making .gif based avatars with transparent backgrounds), GIMP (which I use mainly to add transparency to .png avatars, although I've gotten okay with its resizing abilities; irfanview can't work with the .png format's alpha channel), and strangely enough Flash. I like Flash's tools for creating vector images which I use to make clean looking lines, etc.
Some people prefer to use photoshop, and I've used paint shop pro before as well, though I'm not sure that's still around. Paint.NET is also an excellent image manipulation program though I'm not an expert at all of these. You could even hypothetically make them in paint and use irfanview to add a transparency to your image--I don't recommend this though because I don't prefer avatars with horribly aliased lines and jaggy edges.
If this part of my post went over your head, that's okay, computer imaging isn't for everybody and it takes a lot of learning and practice to get decent at it; anybody can do it though and it's not terribly hard; there are also tutorials all over the internet for the programs I named, and some of those programs are free to download (legally) -> irfanview, Gimp, and Paint.NET, to name a few.