Joined: Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:00 pm
Here is a re-post of the Cocker Avatar Guide.
The site I use to put together the GIF is http://gifmake.com/
Here are the step by step instructions on how to use that site:1. When you get to the site, you will get this screen2. Click "Browse" to find the pictures you would like to use:3. Select the first file you want to use, and click "Open" 4. Now you will have a screen that looks like this; Click Upload5. Now that you have uploaded your first picture, you will need to change the "time" on it, otherwise your avatar will go WAY too fast!6. Change the time to 200 (if you like the speed that mine is at)7. Do the same 6 steps as above, until you have all of your pictures8. On the Resize choice, click "To Specific Size(pixels)" I usually put in 155x155 to start with, and then click "Generate"9. Now that you have Generated it: you need to save it, click "Download"10. If you are using Firefox, you will get a screen that looks like this. Click "OK" (for those using IE or others, you will do the same thing, but the screen will look slightly different)11. Now this is where it tells me the size of the file...63.1KB ... PERFECT! It will fit on Zim's!
Now, Troubleshooting.... you uploaded the wrong picture, but you don't want to start all over:
(oppps wrong Sophie!)
Just click the box next to the picture, and repeat steps 2-4:As for how i create the tags etc. The majority of the tags you see day to day (non-holiday tags) I've created using Picnik, and a couple of other programs. If i download a background, it's from a free background site, and then I use my computer, or Picnik to put the names in etc. I use several sites like Picnik, and several background sites. If you go this route, I would advise doing an online search for backgrounds.
To make your own background:
I open paint, and use the "Paint bucket" to dump a color on the page, save it, and open it in Picnik.
Once you're in Picnik, crop it to 155x155 (or whatever the size you choose to use)
Go to Create
Go to Stickers
The paw prints are in basic shapes and the bones are in animals.
I change the colors, and the fading on them as well. There are hearts and other things I have used also, but paws and bones are obviously the ones I use on a regular basis for Cocker avatars
Before i do any of that, if I'm not happy with the color of the background, i go to Create > Effects > Tint; and use it to get around to the correct color. This takes a little longer, because i use the effects as well, to get the exact color i want, sometimes i have to use that effect several times to get the right color. Creating the backgrounds and cropping and editing pictures is what takes the bulk of the time, not using the GIF site to put it together.