Still trying to find an Avatar

Site FAQs, calendar of festivals and other helpful tools.
  • Author
  • Message
Offline
User avatar

Gagman 66

  • Posts: 4393
  • Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:18 pm

Still trying to find an Avatar

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 7:26 pm

:o OK, so where do you folks find such tiny, yet sharp, and clear images to post as your Avatar's? :? No matter how I try, I can't find anything that is small enough to meet the minuscule requirements that are allowed.

If I shrink an image, it quickly becomes an unrecognizable blur. So where do I find quality images that can be used here, with such dinky little boundaries as we are limited to here on this site? :(
Offline
User avatar

Mike Gebert

Site Admin

  • Posts: 5397
  • Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:23 pm
  • Location: Chicago

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 7:37 pm

Well, you just have to pick something that's clear and simple enough that it will shrink well, I guess. If you have things like that and they're getting blurry in the shrinking, something's funny with your photo program, I guess.
“Sentimentality is when it doesn't come off—when it does, you get a true expression of life's sorrows.” —Alain-Fournier
Offline
User avatar

Gagman 66

  • Posts: 4393
  • Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:18 pm

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 7:50 pm

Mike,

:( No, There is nothing wrong with the software of any kind. It is just that the images are already as small as you can get them. You can't just keep shrinking them and shrinking them over and over. Do so and you can't tell what they are anymore.
Offline
User avatar

Mike Gebert

Site Admin

  • Posts: 5397
  • Joined: Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:23 pm
  • Location: Chicago

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 8:16 pm

I'm not following what this means.

If the images don't shrink well, pick others that do. Most headshots should.
“Sentimentality is when it doesn't come off—when it does, you get a true expression of life's sorrows.” —Alain-Fournier
Offline
User avatar

Danny Burk

Moderator

  • Posts: 1519
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:11 pm
  • Location: South Bend, IN

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 8:21 pm

Jeff - Somewhat reiterating what Mike said, you need to use a simple image in order for it to reduce well. Choose one with a single prominent feature - a face, for example - rather than a scene that has a lot going on. The latter has too much detail and can't be compressed enough to retain it. Bold design is going to come across better than intricate detail.
Offline
User avatar

Gagman 66

  • Posts: 4393
  • Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:18 pm

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 8:35 pm

:( It's just no good. Even if I Shrink the tiniest images that I can find they are still way to big to post as an Avatar. I have never had an Avatar here, or on Silver Screen Oasis, because of the limitations.

:? On some sites I can use any photo I want as an Avatar, no matter the size. It just makes a thumb of the photo.
Last edited by Gagman 66 on Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:10 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Offline
User avatar

silentfilm

Moderator

  • Posts: 8915
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:31 pm
  • Location: Dallas, TX USA

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 9:07 pm

Post the image that you are trying to use here and we'll shrink it for you.
Offline
User avatar

Gagman 66

  • Posts: 4393
  • Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:18 pm

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 9:15 pm

Bruce,

:o I've attemped a bunch of them. Do I post it large, or already reduced in size? Does it matter? :?
Offline
User avatar

Gagman 66

  • Posts: 4393
  • Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:18 pm

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 10:35 pm

Here is one of them Full-Size:

Image

And Here is Another One.

Image
Offline
User avatar

Danny Burk

Moderator

  • Posts: 1519
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:11 pm
  • Location: South Bend, IN

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 11:13 pm

Jeff - I've created your avatar from photo #1 and it's now active on your profile.
Offline
User avatar

Gagman 66

  • Posts: 4393
  • Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:18 pm

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 11:28 pm

Danny,

:D Cool! Thanks a bunch! I was going to use Marion Davies, Renee Adoree, or Colleen Moore, but that's OK. The Gilbert photo looks good. :wink: Incidentally, how do I know you??? Beg pardon, but I know several Dan's and Danielle's! Are you one of those??? :?
Offline
User avatar

Danny Burk

Moderator

  • Posts: 1519
  • Joined: Tue Dec 18, 2007 7:11 pm
  • Location: South Bend, IN

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 11:32 pm

Finally made one for myself while I was at it....

You're welcome, Jeff. I can do a different one if you prefer. I don't believe we've met outside of Nitrateville; I've seen your posts on Silver Screen Oasis but I don't think I've ever posted there.
Offline
User avatar

Gagman 66

  • Posts: 4393
  • Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:18 pm

PostSun Jan 11, 2009 11:51 pm

Danny,

:) No, that's fine. Nice to meet you. Your Fairbanks Avatar looks great by the way! Has to be the Worst Silent film score ever to BEYOND THE ROCKS! Yikes, I am cringing! I have the DVD, but didn't remember the music being this bad. I recalled it being bad enough though. Much of it sounds like an old Mike Hammer episode or something! :lol: Stacy Keach anyone? :P
Offline
User avatar

Brooksie

  • Posts: 2553
  • Joined: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:41 pm
  • Location: Portland, Oregon via Sydney, Australia

PostThu Aug 12, 2010 3:33 am

Another way of doing it is to find a picture site with thumbnails, and save the thumbnail rather than the image it leads to.
Offline
User avatar

Bruce Long

  • Posts: 181
  • Joined: Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:55 am

PostThu Aug 12, 2010 8:49 pm

I prefer animated avatars, but it's hard to find/create ones that don't get irritating after a while. These are some that I have used:

Image Image Image Image

Return to Useful Info

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest