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Gimp Tutorial #1 - How to make an avatar

Change of plans: I've decided to post not only unimportant rambling, but also some useful tutorials here. And anything else that comes to my mind and could be interesting for you.

Let's begin with a very easy tutorial on how to create little Avatars (userpics for LJ, Twitter, Youtube, etc.). It's really easy, believe me. (I just don't know yet if you will understand my instructions since I have the program GIMP in german and I'm not sure if the orders would be the same in english. But let's try!)

You need: GIMP (a gratis program for editing graphics - just download it at gimp.org)
                A digital picture of your choice

Step 1: Open GIMP. Click "File" -> "Open" -> double-click on the picture of your choice. It will be opened in GIMP.

Step 2: If you want to use the whole picture as an Avatar later, go on to Step 3.

If you want to use only a certain part of the picture, follow the next instructions:

Click on "Rectangular Selection" in your Toolbox (or simply press "R" on your keyboard) -> click and drag to select the part of your picture that you want to be your Avatar -> click "Layer" -> "Crop to Selection" -> click "Image" -> "Crop to Selection" -> click "Select" -> "Not select" (the one with the red cross).

Step 3: Now we only need to convert the picture into the required size:
Click "Layer" -> "Scale Layer" -> now just type in the size you want your Avatar to have (I'd recommend 100px * 100px or 200px * 200px, if the picture is quadratic) -> click "Image" -> "Automatically Cut".

Step 4: It's nearly done!
Now the only thing you have to do is save the Avatar in a common format so that you can use it everywhere.

To achieve this, click "File" -> "Save as" -> type in a name (BUT be careful: there must not stand ".xcf" behind the name! Just delete these three letters if they are there and replace them with ".jpg" or ".png" or ".gif" or any other common image format) and select in which file to save it -> click "Save".

Step 5: Ready, steady, go! You have just created your own Avatar!

Did you find this tutorial useful? Well, I plan on doing more of them anyway (even if you found it shitty :D), so just tell me what I could do better or what I shall explain to you next time. :)



( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 30th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
I found it useful! I just need to get myself a copy of GIMP!
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
Finally, I found the time to reply to your comments! Sorry that it took me so long. :S
Btw, that's a very cute avatar you have there! JJ for the win! :D
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
JJ's making the exact face I did when you sent me the link to your latest youtube vid. XD
Oct. 24th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Oh my God I can so imagine that! xD
One day, I'm gonna make a Drake x JJ video for you. I hope you won't die of a heart attack then! :D
Oct. 24th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
I probably will, I think it is highly likely that in the event of a DrakexJJ music video that I would most likely need CPR and a hospital stay to recover. My poor over excited heart.

I have no idea what type of song would go with them though, you seem to have made some excellent choices with the rest of your FAKE videos, I'm always excited to see what you'll come up with next.

Iris is now the song my phone plays to wake me up in the morning, and it gets me all smiley thinking of that video. It's a great way to start the day. ^_^
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
(When you use this avatar, I imagine everything you write coming overly excited out of JJ's mouth xD)

Hm, maybe I shouldn't do such a video then, since I don't want you to end up in hospital! ;D

I'm sure that one day, I'll find a song that fits them. There has to be one! As for my next FAKE video - it's going to be a very, very funny one. ^^

Now you officially made my day! I'm so happy that you like it that much. I would never use a song that I like to wake me up, though - I tend to hate everyone and everything that wakes me up, no matter how much I used to like it. ^^
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:52 pm (UTC)
(PS: Look, I made this icon, too! Even before I saw yours. It's a funny coincidence that we both picked the same JJ face, isn't it? :D)
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
It is the BEST face JJ has ever made. It is wonderful. I smile everytime I see it. :-)
Oct. 24th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
So do I! :D But JJ makes many funny faces throughout the series, doesn't he? Especially when he sees Dee, of course. ;)
Oct. 24th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
(I will happily watch a DrakexJJ video from my hospital bed!!!)
Oct. 1st, 2012 08:12 am (UTC)
Could you possibly tell me how to upload a moving, as in animated or semi animated, avatar? I've been on LJ since 1996 and have never been able to figure out how to do that.
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite sure how to do that either, but I have a few ideas...
I'll try it out and if it works, I'll explain it to you or maybe just make a new tutorial.
Thanks for your suggestion! (And sorry it took me so long to finally reply to your comments...)
Oct. 25th, 2012 02:03 pm (UTC)
I think I've figured it out :)
I'll make a tutorial.
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Nov. 6th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
WTF?! xD
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