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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 ...


1. What is an avatar, and where can I use it?

Well, I will not consider all the homonyms of the word "avatar" - in vain bytes only translate. We will talk about those avatars that you usually see on the forums. These are the pictures that you just look at, and the initial opinion about the interlocutor is already taking shape. And it does not matter that the first opinion is wrong, it never loses its importance.
For example, compare these three avatars, they are more eloquent than any words:
Now, as for their alternative use, i.e. not only on the forums. Yes, almost everywhere where graphics are used: in qip, in creating banners (for example, I made my banners based on my own avatars), in decorating the design, even as a background on web pages. At this point anyone has enough imagination.


2. What programs are needed to create avatars?

Programs can be used different. There are even specialized programs for avatars, only I don’t trust them and don’t use them, because I believe that their hands will make better automated robot.

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 (and even if the inspiration is trampled, then even with strong hunger you will go to the refrigerator ).


3. What to make an avatar and where does it come from?

Avatars are usually made from source - images with something that caught your attention. And where can I get these sources? And you yourself think - from what you have at hand! Your (or not yours) pictures (they can be scanned), any kind of wallpaper, screenshots from cartoons, movies or games, ready-made avatars that you think will be changed.

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.


4. Getting Started.

To make it easier, I broke the learning of each step into separate subtopics.

4.1. Cutting, shredding and fitting to size.

Let us proceed from the fact that in Photoshop you are almost a complete zero.
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 we will do the animation of these two legs. That is, a claw without claws turns into a clawed paw. This example is ideal when using screenshots from movies and cartoons. That is, the subject that we will process is located approximately in the same place as in the previous frame.

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 choose File => Import => Folder as Frames => Folder 1 on the desktop.

You can watch the zero animation by clicking on the play button below. There will be a frequent flashing of frames (frames). Press stop, we start work ...
Since we want to make an avatar only of our paw, and not of the entire background, we need to get rid of everything superfluous: 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)
Now we want to get rid of the gray surroundings of our paws. Select the "Magic" eraser and make the first frame active (look at the pictures), then press the eraser on the gray background, now there is no gray background. Same with the second frame. Do not forget to make it active.

But we do not need an arbitrary size? In order to resize the entire avatar proportionally, choose Image => Image Size => sizes, for example 64.
Now we will make the animation smoother, select below the frames a second delay (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 an animation using a button on the machine and click OK, we will make 5 internal frames - transitions, give them each time for 0.2 seconds and admire by clicking on the playlist.


4.2. Adding beautiful and originality.

And it is possible to be engaged in beauties as to point 4.1, and after. I will not disclose the technical side here, as it will take a lot of time, but I will give examples of improvements: you can add labels, the supermice can change with each frame, the colors of objects can also change, you can distort and decorate, etc.


4.3. Correctly save.

Remains an important point - preservation. Do not underestimate it, with the help of proper preservation you can save 10 times! And the quality will remain the same.
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 AVATARA READY !



5. What is good and what is bad.

It is good to make your own unique avatars, but it is bad to appropriate someone else's authorship. If you changed your avatar a little bit - there’s nothing bad in it, but you didn’t become its author. It’s not very good to take someone else’s avatar from the forum and use it right there on the same forum. It’s not good to prescribe mats in avatars - it will not decorate you, but it can push you away. See for yourself the rest :) .