How to Make an Avatar for

Written by Jeff Harrison
August 16, 2008

Do you have an account at If so, it’s time for you to make an avatar if you don’t already have one. You can upload it through your profile, look for a tab that is labeled Avatar.

1. Find an image you like. It can be anything. Open it in Corel Photo-PAINT.

2. Run the Image | Resample command so that it is no larger than 80 Pixels in the widest or tallest dimension. Why do it now? For the next step….

3. Use the Effects | Sharpen Adaptive Unsharp command to restore detail that was lost during downsampling. You may need to enter 100% for the sharpen value.

4. Save your avatar as a 24-bit PNG file (without any masks or transparency). It will be converted to Jpeg by the site automatically. If you send a jpeg of your avatar, then it will be compressed twice… not good.

NOTE: If you want a Square Avatar, some methods are to either;

A. Open your original high resolution file. Select the Crop Tool. Press and hold the Control Key. You should be able to make a perfectly square crop. Double-Click inside the crop. Then go to Step 2 above.

B. Add or delete some “space” around your image by using the Image | Paper Size command. Make the width and height numbers the same. You can pan the image around inside the dialog. Then go to Step 2 above.

Enjoy, and I hope to see your cool new avatar!

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Jeff Harrison is a media "Jack-of-all-trades", familiar with most of the major media applications on the Windows platform. Whether it's 2D/print, 3D, audio, video, or web-related - he's working on mastering everything that comes his way. He's a past Alpha and Beta tester for Corel, and has instructed students from all over the world. He runs the popular site, the #1 place for CorelDRAW macros. Also check out his youtube page, and his gallery at

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