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*Tutorial* How to make your very own anime avatar!
Posted 3/22/08 , edited 3/24/08
****Before I start I will give you guys a warning, If you discuss ways of getting photoshop Illegally I will report you. Take it somewhere else. You've been warned****


What's up people? I'll be showing you how to make your very own unique avatar! It's very simple and easy! This is a beginner tutorial for those who don't know how to make their own avatars yet.

First up, you'll need to download an image editing program if you don't already have one. I suggest Paint.net, because it's free and user-friendly (sorta). You can download it here: http://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html

Note: You can use just about any image editing program. Including; Gimp,Photoshop, and Corel Paint. I'll be using Paint.net for this tutorial.

After you download it, install it! (If you got the .Zip verision, just unizip it and run the .exe file)




Now that we have an image editing program lets get started in getting your images. You can use images that you find the web. But, that's boring. So lets find a unique picture from one of your favorite anime. I'll be using the anime "Clannad" for this tutorial.

Go to Crunchyroll.com and find an episode that you would like to use. I'll be using Clannad Episode 16 for this example. Just watch it or scroll through it untill you find a scene (picture) that you like. Make sure to watch it in High-definition or H.264 for the best quality.



After you find the scene, it's time to save the picture. In order to do this you simply press the "Print Screen' button on your keyboard ( Prt Scr ). What this does is it takes a snap shot of your screen and saves it to your temporary memory. (something like a Copy and Paste)



Once that is done, open up Paint.net and go to File ---> New


This box should come up. As you can see the width and height of the image is already set to fit the image. ( This always happens after you copy an image or press print screen )
So just click "ok".

A blank page should appear. Now simply Ctrl + Paste or go to Edit -> Paste the picture in.


Now, grab the Rectangle Select tool and draw a box around the part of the image that you want to use. After the area is selected go to Image -> Crop to selection




You should now have an image of the part that you want to use. Now its time to make a new page. So go to File -> New. This time however we will be setting the Width of the image to 200 pixels and the Height to 200 pixels. Click 'Ok'


After this click back on the image that you were using and press Ctrl + A to select the entire image. Now Copy and Paste it on the new page that you just made. As you can tell it doesn't fit. So we'll just have to resize it to make it fit with in the box. To do this simply put your mouse over one of the corners of the doted box. Hold down the Shift key and drag it inward make the image smaller. After you get it small enough to fit in the box, hit Enter. You now have a simple avatar to use.






From here its up to you. You can put text in it or mess around with it. But for now I'll keep it like this. To save it as an image, go to File -> Save as. Choose a folder to save it or just save it to your Desktop. You can save it as a .PNG file or a .JPEG it doesn't really matter for now. Name it whatever you want.



You are now done in making a simple avatar! Now you can upload it to Crunchyroll.com to use it.


This was my first tutorial so I know it's not perfect. If you find anything wrong with it or if you have any suggestions please let me know. I will also be adding new sections to this as I see fit. I'll make a .Gif (Moving Avatars) tutorial when I have the time. Also if I get some free time in the future I'll show you guys how to make more complex avatars. Thanks for reading!

The final product:


Another example:


****Please post here if you need help. Also feel free to post the avatars that you have made using this tutorial.****









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thanks for the info!
Posted 3/22/08

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What's up people? I'll be showing you how to make your very own unique avatar! It's very simple and easy! This is a beginner tutorial for those who don't know how to make their own avatars yet.

First up, you'll need to download an image editing program if you don't already have one. I suggest Paint.net, because it's free and user-friendly (sorta). You can download it here: http://www.dotpdn.com/downloads/pdn.html

Note: You can use just about any image editing program. Including; Gimp,Photoshop, and Corel Paint. I'll be using Paint.net for this tutorial.

After you download it, install it! (If you got the .Zip verision, just unizip it and run the .exe file)




Now that we have an image editing program lets get started in getting your images. You can use images that you find the web. But, that's boring. So lets find a unique picture from one of your favorite anime. I'll be using the anime "Clannad" for this tutorial.

Go to Crunchyroll.com and find an episode that you would like to use. I'll be using Clannad Episode 16 for this example. Just watch it or scroll through it untill you find a scene (picture) that you like. Make sure to watch it in High-definition or H.264 for the best quality.



After you find the scene, it's time to save the picture. In order to do this you simply press the "Print Screen' button on your keyboard ( Prt Scr ). What this does is it takes a snap shot of your screen and saves it to your temporary memory. (something like a Copy and Paste)



Once that is done, open up Paint.net and go to File ---> New


This box should come up. As you can see the width and height of the image is already set to fit the image. ( This always happens after you copy an image or press print screen )
So just click "ok".

A blank page should appear. Now simply Ctrl + Paste or go to Edit -> Paste the picture in.


Now, grab the Rectangle Select tool and draw a box around the part of the image that you want to use. After the area is selected go to Image -> Crop to selection




You should now have an image of the part that you want to use. Now its time to make a new page. So go to File -> New. This time however we will be setting the Width of the image to 200 pixels and the Height to 200 pixels. Click 'Ok'


After this click back on the image that you were using and press Ctrl + A to select the entire image. Now Copy and Paste it on the new page that you just made. As you can tell it doesn't fit. So we'll just have to resize it to make it fit with in the box. To do this simply put your mouse over one of the corners of the doted box. Hold down the Shift key and drag it inward make the image smaller. After you get it small enough to fit in the box, hit Enter. You now have a simple avatar to use.






From here its up to you. You can put text in it or mess around with it. But for now I'll keep it like this. To save it as an image, go to File -> Save as. Choose a folder to save it or just save it to your Desktop. You can save it as a .PNG file or a .JPEG it doesn't really matter for now. Name it whatever you want.



You are now done in making a simple avatar! Now you can upload it to Crunchyroll.com to use it.


This was my first tutorial so I know it's not perfect. If you find anything wrong with it or if you have any suggestions please let me know. I will also be adding new sections to this as I see fit. I'll make a .Gif (Moving Avatars) tutorial when I have the time. Thanks for reading!

The final product:


Another example:


****Please post here if you need help. Also feel free to post the avatars that you have made using this tutorial.****












wow!!!!!!!! that's cool, thanks a lot for the bits of information!!!!

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thx alot!
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i used to make those in MS paint, but photoshop will do.
Posted 3/22/08
After pressing print screen, where can it be found?
Posted 3/22/08

alamigas wrote:

After pressing print screen, where can it be found?


It's invisibly saved to your temporary memory. To see it simply open up Paint.net and Paste it into a new blank page. From here you can go to "file -> save" to permanently save it to your computer.
Posted 3/22/08
Temporary memory?
Posted 3/22/08

alamigas wrote:

Temporary memory?


Don't worry about it. Just know that it's saved somewhere in your computer for a short time. Like I said just click "Ctrl -> Paste" to paste it into paint.net.
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that could be verry usefull........(I think)
Posted 3/22/08

iambill10 wrote:

I am using adobe photoshop in making avatars. Wanna see?


Not everyone can afford photoshop. That's why I suggested Paint.net.

Posted 3/22/08

unmatched wrote:


iambill10 wrote:

I am using adobe photoshop in making avatars. Wanna see?


Not everyone can afford photoshop. That's why I suggested Paint.net.



there are "other" ways to get photoshop.........if you catch my drift
Posted 3/22/08
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there are "other" ways to get photoshop.........if you catch my drift



Please don't bring up that topic in my thread. Thanks
Posted 3/22/08

unmatched wrote:

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there are "other" ways to get photoshop.........if you catch my drift



Please don't bring up that topic in my thread. Thanks


it doesnt have to be that way............me and my friends combined our cash to get a multiple license account for photoshop.........it means for slightly more than the price of CS2........you can use one disc and install it on 5 computers............it means you dont have to pay as much for photoshop
Posted 3/22/08

iambill10 wrote:


mangoku wrote:


unmatched wrote:


iambill10 wrote:

I am using adobe photoshop in making avatars. Wanna see?


Not everyone can afford photoshop. That's why I suggested Paint.net.



there are "other" ways to get photoshop.........if you catch my drift


ROFL.....
I tried the trial version in the past before my father bought a photoshop CD.

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Back on topic:
Does the program got tons of fonts like the photoshop one?
It seems interesting. It might be easier than photoshop.


even if it doesnt come with as many fonts you can still download thousands of free fonts off the internet
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