How to make an avatar (animated) from cool pictures
Table of contents:
1. What is an avatar, and where can I use it?
2. What programs are needed to create avatars?
3. What to make an avatar and where does it come from?
4. Getting Started.
4.1. Cutting, shredding and fitting to size.
4.2. Adding beautiful and originality.
4.3. Correctly save.
5. What is good and what is bad.
6. I do not want to learn, but I want ...
For example, compare these three avatars, they are more eloquent than any words:
I will teach you on the basis of the old (or new) good (and not so) photoshop. If you do not have any version of this program, then I advise you to buy it (do not worry, it is to a certain extent free, it just weighs a lot and it is easier to buy it on disk than to download from an Internet for half a day).
The following programs may also be useful to us: Vindosovsky Paint (Paint), any Winamp (if you like to listen to music at work), well, something to eat - eat (or even if the inspiration is trampled, then even with strong hunger you will go to the refrigerator ).
From scanned drawings . The option is ideal, since such an avatar will probably be unique in the whole Internet. True for some time. After all, to take your avatar you can not ban anyone.
Use wallpaper . Wallpapers are your desktop background, and there is a fair amount of them on the net. Any search engine will give you a bunch of sites with wallpapers. But do not count on absolute uniqueness here, as this is the easiest way. Avatar of course, although it will be unique, but the source - no.
Screenshots from games, movies and cartoons . The method is pretty good, because not everyone is smart enough to take a screenshot of exactly the same moment as yours. This is done like this:
1) we start we say the cartoon,
2) look, until we find something interesting,
3) We press a pause,
4) Click Ctrl + Prt Screen - i.e. take a screenshot, this button is not far from the backspace,
5) Open Paint, select the selection button, right-click on the white initial background of the image and select "insert",
6) Choose to save as ... with the extension jpg. And in our hands is already finished wallpaper.
Use ready avatar to change . The situation is about the same as with the wallpaper, but will have to potter less.
We approached this stage with the fact that we should already have two pictures. Why two? And we will immediately make an animated avatar, if you learn how to make an animated, then without animation, all the more. These two experimental images are:
And now we need the Photoshop application "Image Ready". Run it. Create a folder named 1 on the desktop. Copy our pictures to this folder. Now in the program select File => Import => Folder as Frames => Folder 1 on the desktop.
You can see the zero animation by clicking on the play button below. There will be frequent flashing of frames (frames). Press stop, we start work ...
Since we only want to make an avatar of our paw, and not the entire background, we need to get rid of all the excess: select the gray square on one of the frames using square selection (holding Shift).
Next, select Image => Crop (Crop) - We got rid of the background! (low image quality to save traffic)
But we do not need an arbitrary size? To proportionally change the size of the entire avatar, select Image => Image Size => size, for example 64.
Now we will make the animation smoother, select below the second delay frames (see the middle picture), say 0.5 seconds to each frame. On the play you can see the result. For better animation in the gap between them, you can cram more frames (I like it more) or make animation with a button on the machine and click OK, we will make 5 internal frames - transitions, give them time for each of 0.2 seconds and admire by clicking on the playlist.
Getting started. Select the bookmark above the optimized avatar image. So really your avatar will look after saving, you can see at the bottom how much it will weigh. You need to reduce its size and number of colors until you reach an acceptable weight. Colors change to the right in the Color Table. Fit to the desired result, choose Save Optimized as ... and AVATAR READY !