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Author Topic: Tutorial: Resizing Pictures for Avatars (Paint Shop Pro XI, Windows)  (Read 2521 times)
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« Topic Start: October 26, 2007, 02:51:28 am »

This tutorial explains how to resize your picture for an avatar, using Paint Shop Pro XI for Windows.  If you use a different program or OS, the process will be similar, but not exactly the same (tools and menus may be different).  Click the link in any step to see an illustration.

Click here to see the sample picture.  The Avatar Guidelines state that avatar images must be 100 x 200 pixels or less, and 8 KB or less.  At 1401 x 2486 pixels and 280 KB, our picture is much too large.  We will resize the picture both in terms of pixel size and file size.

Make sure your original picture is open in Paint Shop Pro.

1. Select Image > Resize to open the Resize dialog.

2. Find Pixel Dimensions and enter the size that you want (maximum 100 x 200).  We'll be adding a border to this picture, so we'll enter 98 pixels for the width.  The height should be automatically calculated, and it is under 200 pixels, so we're all set.  Click OK.

3. Now we will add the border.  Adding a border makes the avatar look more "finished."  Select Image > Add Borders... to see the border dialog.

4. Add a simple, one-pixel black border.  Check New Dimensions to make sure we are still 100 x 200 pixels or less (and we are).  Click OK.

5. Now save your file.  I recommend always saving a new file, in case you don't like the results and want to try again.  (File > Save As...)  Don't close the image yet.

6. Now, if we go to Windows Explorer and look at our file, we can see that it is 11.7 KB.  This is too big, so we must now compress the image to make a smaller file size.  This won't alter the dimensions of the image, just the quality.  For an avatar-sized image the decrease in quality is barely noticeable.

7. Go back to Paint Shop Pro and select File > Save As... again.  Enter a new name again, then click Options....

8. In the Save Options dialog, click Run Optimizer....

9. On the Quality tab, there is a setting called Set compression value to:.  The lower this number is, the higher the quality of the picture, and thus the higher the file size.  Above the Quality tab and to the right you can see it says Compressed: 9,382 bytes.  This is too big.

10. Increase the compression value until the number next to Compressed is less than 8,192 bytes (8KB).  The two pictures in the dialog display a side-by-side comparison, so you can see what difference it makes, if any.  Click OK, OK, Save to finish saving.

11. If we go back to Windows Explorer now, we can see that our new avatar is less than 8KB, and ready to be uploaded to our favorite image host and used on TC.

Here's a look at the finished avatar.

I hope that wasn't too confusing.  If there are any questions, feel free to reply to this thread!  Smiley
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« Reply #1: October 26, 2007, 08:25:45 am »

This tutorial explains how to resize your picture for an avatar, using Paint Shop Pro XI for Windows.

Thank you very much for taking the time to write up this tutorial!
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« Reply #2: October 26, 2007, 08:34:39 am »

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Any ideas for pulling layers back out of a merged image?
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« Reply #3: October 26, 2007, 08:36:07 am »

Any ideas for pulling layers back out of a merged image?

Unfortunaly not possible - when you merge an image it litterally removes anything that cant be seen in the final image.
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« Reply #4: October 26, 2007, 09:03:57 am »

Unfortunaly not possible - when you merge an image it litterally removes anything that cant be seen in the final image.

That's what I figgered.  I was hoping though that there was some kind of super secret 'undo'

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oh well.  Smiley
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