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Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by sevenyearnight » Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:58 pm

I thought I'd make a little easy tutorial on how to get your avatar to fit the site regulation of 120 x 120 pixels and under 6 KB. It seems that a lot of programs will compromise the quality of the image greatly in order to save it under 6 KB, so this is one way to get your avatar still looking crisp while staying under that 6 KB max size. I use a freeware program called Irfanview. I have downloaded many versions of it over the years and never had any issues with viruses or anything of that sort, and it is supported by CNET, (but still download at your own risk.)

This program does NOT work on mac unfortunately.


Step 1: Go to http://www.irfanview.com/ click on downloads, and select a download site.
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Step 2: After you have installed the program, open the file you wish to use as your avatar.
For large files: Go to the Image menu, and select Resize/Resample. Select the inches bubble, change whatever the largest number is to 10. Click Ok. (I know this is a puffer avatar FAIL, but it's one of the only better photos I had that was a large size.)

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Then, click on the screen to draw a box enclosing the area you wish to use as your avatar, then go to the Edit menu, and select Crop selection. This is little Balki sleeping with his bum bum tucked in a hole in the rock.

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Step 3: Go to the Image menu, and select Resize/Resample.

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Step 4: Make sure that you have the pixels bubble selected, set your new size and make sure neither the width or height exceeds 120 pixels. Click OK.

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Step 5: Select under the File menu Save as... and select JPG -JPG/JPEG format, and in the JPEG/GIF save options, decrease the slider next to Save quality down to about 90%. Depending on your original file size, this may need to be less, or it could be more than 90% and still be under 6 KB.

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Step 6: Go to the location of your file and check to see that it is under 6 KB. If it is, then great, it's good to go. If not, you will have to bring down your Save quality percentage until it is under 6 KB.

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There are of course other ways to do this, but this is just a way that I'm familiar with. I hope this is helpful to anyone that has been having trouble with getting their cute puffers set as their avatar without them looking like an 80's video game graphic.
I was finally able to try a larger picture file at 4.08 MB, and it did work, so let me know if you have any trouble with larger files.
Last edited by sevenyearnight on Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:38 pm, edited 12 times in total.

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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Reaperpilot2014 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:52 pm

This is very helpful, thank you! Here I thought I had to just severely lower the quality of the picture I was taking. :)
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Nom nom nom!...

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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Reaperpilot2014 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:57 pm

I can't get it to work on my mac. I'm completely new to digital photography and editing. If it doesn't work on mac, let me know. I'm going to try google picasa in the mean time and see if I can do the same thing with that.
It's a crayfish! It's a snail! It's a... ah who cares?
Nom nom nom!...

Tank: 4 liter custom-shaped sphere
Contents: 1 Brainfish
Ph: 7.4
Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates: ?
Problem: Cloudy/muddy water
Can you help me?

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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by sevenyearnight » Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:06 pm

I'm not Mac savvy, sorry.
Maybe someone with a mac has a link to something.
If you can't get anything to work, let me know, you can email me the picture already cropped and then I would just need to reduce the size and email it back to you.
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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Dadof4 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:31 pm

The GIMP works in OSX and any linux based system, a little more complex than infraview but worth the download.
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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Reaperpilot2014 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:36 pm

With Picasa I can resize the image, but it still doesn't get down to <6kb. :/
It's a crayfish! It's a snail! It's a... ah who cares?
Nom nom nom!...

Tank: 4 liter custom-shaped sphere
Contents: 1 Brainfish
Ph: 7.4
Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates: ?
Problem: Cloudy/muddy water
Can you help me?

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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by LilGreenPuffer » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:37 pm

sevenyearnight wrote:Step 1: Go to http://www.infranview.com, click on downloads, and select a download site.
That's the wrong link. It's http://www.irfanview.com/.
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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Reaperpilot2014 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:46 pm

Ah, that looks better. I'll give it a go.
It's a crayfish! It's a snail! It's a... ah who cares?
Nom nom nom!...

Tank: 4 liter custom-shaped sphere
Contents: 1 Brainfish
Ph: 7.4
Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates: ?
Problem: Cloudy/muddy water
Can you help me?

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30g - 1 GSP "Demon"
15g - 1 C. Irrubesco "Raoden"
29g - 1 Figure 8 - Looking for good name ideas...
29g - Ramshorn, Marmorkreb, Cherry & Ghost Shrimp Breeder Tank
10 wonderful years with puffers!
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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Reaperpilot2014 » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:48 pm

Same problem as before, it won't run on a mac. *sigh. I'll have to fish out my old hp laptop and see if I can get it to work on there. I just have all my photos on here so it would be easier.
It's a crayfish! It's a snail! It's a... ah who cares?
Nom nom nom!...

Tank: 4 liter custom-shaped sphere
Contents: 1 Brainfish
Ph: 7.4
Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates: ?
Problem: Cloudy/muddy water
Can you help me?

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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by sevenyearnight » Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:48 pm

LilGreenPuffer wrote:
sevenyearnight wrote:Step 1: Go to http://www.infranview.com, click on downloads, and select a download site.
That's the wrong link. It's http://www.irfanview.com/.
Oops sorry! Yeah, I totally spelled that wrong, I fixed it, thanks!
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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by LilGreenPuffer » Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:44 pm

No prob. :)
"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him or her. Will she gain anything by it? Will it restore her to a control over her own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to freedom for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."

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30g - 1 GSP "Demon"
15g - 1 C. Irrubesco "Raoden"
29g - 1 Figure 8 - Looking for good name ideas...
29g - Ramshorn, Marmorkreb, Cherry & Ghost Shrimp Breeder Tank
10 wonderful years with puffers!
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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Reaperpilot2014 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:09 am

I thought the original site looked sketchy. I couldn't seem to get to what you were describing, although it did link to download sites lol.
It's a crayfish! It's a snail! It's a... ah who cares?
Nom nom nom!...

Tank: 4 liter custom-shaped sphere
Contents: 1 Brainfish
Ph: 7.4
Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates: ?
Problem: Cloudy/muddy water
Can you help me?

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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by sevenyearnight » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:16 am

Sorry, I misspell that program often. It activates my dyslexia or something.
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30g - 1 GSP "Demon"
15g - 1 C. Irrubesco "Raoden"
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29g - Ramshorn, Marmorkreb, Cherry & Ghost Shrimp Breeder Tank
10 wonderful years with puffers!
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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Reaperpilot2014 » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:21 am

Say what? I have Lysdexia.
It's a crayfish! It's a snail! It's a... ah who cares?
Nom nom nom!...

Tank: 4 liter custom-shaped sphere
Contents: 1 Brainfish
Ph: 7.4
Ammonia, nitrites, nitrates: ?
Problem: Cloudy/muddy water
Can you help me?

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Re: Avatar under 6k Tutorial Help

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Sep 07, 2011 12:41 am

Thanks 7, I made it a Sticky!
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