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Old 05-30-2010, 05:36 PM
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Talking A simple guide to making a Confession-avvie-inspired Avatar using GIMP and PhotoScape :]

A simple yet nice guide on how to make an avatar inspired by Shatterheart's everpopular Confession Avvies~

Step1::
Find an unedited photo you like,
and make sure it's square or edit it to be square.

Step 2::
Add a border.
I suggest using Lunapic.com's
tool since it's guarenteed even-ness,
I also suggest the color of it goes with
the colors of the photo & that
the border's thickness is about 8-10.
Then save your pic.
It should look like this[the border I mean]:
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Step 3::
Pull up GIMP.
Open your bordered photo and firstly[optional step]
edit the lighting, coloring, saturation, etc.
Step 4::
Go to Layer>New Layer>name it Layer #2 and just leave the width and heighth the same as it has already, and make sure the layer fill type is Transparency>then click Ok.
Step 5::
Make sure you're on the new layer!
Then select the paint tool & make sure
you're using the color Black. On one corner
of the photo scribble a blob[don't worry about it being perfect-this won't be the final blob].
It should look something like this:
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Step 6::
Select the Text tool,
then select the font Century Gothic[don't worry
about downloading it-it comes with every computer[
at least every PC]. Make sure you're using the color White.
I suggest using text size 22 at least since once you
get that big the text seems to be better quality.
Now put drag the text box over the black box
and type in the first word you want. Now make sure you have
the size you want before the next step.

Step 7::
Select the rotate tool>then rotate the text slightly
to the angle you want,then when you have it the way
you want click 'Rotate' on the popup rotate box.
Rotating may have moved the word too much to one side
so simply click the move tool and move it back to where you want it. Repeat this with all words you want.]
It should look something like this:
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Step 8::
Now merge down all the text layers together
but DON'T merge them into the Layer #2!
Then select Layer #2>erase tool, and erase all the black.
Select the Paint tool again and make sure it's on black and
then redraw the black blob scribble[don't worry, it won't cover up the text] and make it perfect for the text.
It should look something like this:
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Step 9::
Save your work under A1[or something one,
just make sure you can remember it].png


Step 10::
Animation time!
Take out the paint tool & make sure
it's small enough to make a small dot yet
see it clearly. Then, draw 1-3 dots following
each other somewhere on the scribbleblob.
Save that as A2.png
Then select Edit>Undo Paintbrush, and click undo paintbrush
X amount of times depending on how many dots ya did.
[Ex:1 dot=1 undo, 3 dots=3 undos]
Then repeat the steps as many times as you like saving them as A3.png,A4.png, etc.


Step 11::
Open up PhotoScape.
Select AniGif at the top,
then find your pics and drag them onto
the thing saying 'drop your photo here'.
Change the time to what you think looks right
and make sure the canvas size is ABOUT 150x150.
Save the .GIF and then the thing will pop up saying how
big it is. Make sure it is under 95[How big it is I mean].
It will look something like this:
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YIPPEEE! YOU'RE DONE!
BE PROUD OF YOURSELF!

Please post your results, I wanna see 'em!
And if you need any help, please ask on this thread. ; D

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Old 05-30-2010, 05:39 PM
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This is an awesome tutorial I made mine on Photofiltre, And its not that good. xD
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Awesome i will try it
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Thanks Randi! Awesome guide!
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Old 05-30-2010, 05:42 PM
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Great guide Randi!
Rep point!(:
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I gotta try this.. O.O
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Old 05-30-2010, 07:22 PM
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Here's mine! Is it okay?

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Here's one I just made, but I didn't do the animation part::

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Old 05-30-2010, 07:28 PM
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aww! Thats cute Adds.
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Thanks Nicki!
Yours is really cute too!(:
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