These days, internet users already want their identities to be known and their individualities to be shown on blogs, forums, and chat boards. Gone are the days when people hide their identities behind the computers. They would rather show their true faces or create an avatar of themselves. An avatar is what you call an animated picture shown on the internet to identify a person. Creating an avatar is very popular now days, especially with the abundance of avatar generators that allow you to make an animated picture or a cartoon version of you for free. The task is fun and interesting.

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You can create an avatar and use it on forums, message boards and social networking sites like the Digg, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and more. You can either fetch an image automatically from Google with the tools or upload your very own image. You can even decorate your image; there is a wide selection of borders, colors, and fonts to choose from. Many popular avatar generators can be found on the internet, and they allow you to go wild in creating an animated character. Visit these websites and just follow the instructions that you will find there. A blank character will become visible, and you will need to set it at default. Click on a button and experiment with many tabs to have a pick of eyebrows, hairstyles or clothing. One click can offer you dozens of choices, so you get so much fun creating an avatar.

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Some avatar generators, such as avatarmaker.net allow you to create an avatar without using any ActiveX controls, Flash, downloads or toolbars. In some websites, you only need to click on the “Create” tab on its homepage. You will get to select your gender, eye color, or skin color. As you continue clicking the “next” button, more options for customization appear, such as hair and eyewear that is by your taste. You will notice your picture changes each time that you make a selection until you get satisfied with your “project.” You can save it then to your computer.

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Designing a cartoon avatar means using your imagination to express your personality. There are many web-based and free avatar generators on the net that can help you create animations from 3D animations to cartoon portraits. Today there are many avatar makers available online. There is also Flash-based avatar maker where you will be asked to first select your “body” (female, male). Then do the customization with different facial features, accessories, and clothes.

As you visit various blogs and websites, you may decide to comment. When you scroll to the bottom, you may notice some people have a profile image beside their comment. Other people may have the standard gray guy in a gray box. There is an easy way to add your image to almost every comment.

Why would be profile image posted?

People like to see comments made by real people. Your profile image will provide that reassurance. On some sites, people often will use an image instead of their picture. Some people use cartoon images of themselves, and some people use other images. This image is called an avatar, rather than a blue avatar from a movie; we are talking about a picture that symbolizes you.

How to shrink the picture?

You could shrink your picture with a photo program. All you need to know is the maximum size you need. Some forums have a max of 50 pixels. If you are not proficient with a photo program, there is a website that will create an avatar for you.

How to create an avatar website?

On the left is create the avatar. Then choose your photo off your computer, it will need to be pre-cropped. Then type the size. When you click resize, and it will show a couple of different crops for a square image. Save the one you want, note where it saves and you can use the image on your forums.

What about Gravatar?

Gravatar is pretty similar as well. Just create an account. You want to add your main email used for comments, but you can add the others as well. You do not have to crop your picture or resize it before uploading it. You can choose the rating for your picture as well. Then anywhere you use your email that uses Gravatars, your picture will be used.

Will this help?

Having an avatar showing up beside your name on websites will help you become a more recognized person on websites you frequent. This helps with building a reputation as a leader and a guru. Incase you have a website, this will also help with your traffic, and when you have a business, this will bring in more buyers.