Posted by Miss W. on March 19, 2012
Now that you are starting to leave comments on blogs, you need to have a user avatar. There are many websites to create avatars.
I have linked a photo to 4 of the avatar websites. You must save your avatar as a jpeg file.
Step 1. Create your avatar
Any age can use these avatar sites:
- Build your wild self – middle right
- Mini-mizer – middle left
- The Hero Factory – far right
- Adventurer Maker – girls only
- Wimp yourself - relates to ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’
- Mess Dudes
- Hogwarts student – girls only
- Mii character
- Harry Potter and others saves as GIF
- Block head – like Lego
Step 2. Using printscreen to save your avatar or use the snipping tool
So you decided to create an avatar like “Hero Factory” or “Build your wildself” or “Mini Mizer” where you can’t save it easily. You need to take a picture of the screen first. Most computers have a printscreen button on the keyboard or if using Windows 7 you have an icon called “snipping tool”.
When you press printscreen or use the snipping tool an image of your screen or part of it is now copied to your clipboard. You will still need to crop and resize to get an avatar that fits well on your blog.
Open MS Paint and click control V to paste your image from the clipboard. To save, you need to go to File>Save As> computer> your drive> open blogging folder> change the name of the file to yourname with ava eg sueava then underneath change the file type to JPEG. Save.
Go to your drive> open blogging folder and right click on the icon for your avatar image and “Open with” choose MS Picture Manager. This might be in Microsoft office tools.
In the icons at the top, go to View> task pane. On the right go to edit pictures > crop. Now move the black bars on the side of your image in, to crop your picture to what you want in your avatar.
Click OK, then back to edit pictures. Now click on resize. In the box “custom width and height” put 97 in both boxes. These numbers might be slightly different but one has to be 97 and the other smaller than 97. Click OK.
Back up to file>save as> call it sueava2 or similar> make sure it is still JPEG. Make sure you have saved it to your drive again.
Step 3. Upload avatar to your Edublogs blog
Now to upload to your blog or class blog. Go to your dashboard> users>your avatar> browse to find your image on your school drive>alternate upload. This is your comment avatar.
If it now looks like a black coloured square then you haven’t cropped the image to the correct size in step 2 using printscreen. Or maybe you didn’t save the image as a JPEG in step 2 using printscreen. Go back and make corrections.
What else can we do with our avatars?
Look at what these classes have done with their avatars.