Converting My Photo Into a Cartoon Avatar

Foster Coburn Photo Converted to Avatoon
October 30, 2018

Foster D. Coburn IIIFor the past few years, I’ve been using a photograph for all of my online profiles. The photo was taken in 2015. While it was still a good representation of me, I was ready for a change and decided to go for a big change.

Since I liked the photo, I decided I would use it as the basis for creating a cartoon avatar. Very early in my CorelDRAW career, I had drawn a caricature of myself. It was OK, but I’m just not an artist who is good at that type of project. This time I decided to work with a company specializing in it. I selected the folks at Avatoon.

Foster D. Coburn III AvatoonThey offer different packages with the least expensive under $10. I went for the color package as I felt it was still a bargain if they delivered good artwork. The photo above (without the background) was supplied as part of my order.

Within a week or so they provided me a PNG file “proof” of what they created. I approved it and soon received a fully-vector Adobe Illustrator version of my avatar. Being a graphics guy, I did make a few very minor changes in CorelDRAW. Mostly it involved moving a few nodes around to clean up rough edges. In total, I spent about five minutes on that cleanup. I also changed the colors of my shirt to match the color scheme used on our online properties. That might have taken an additional fifteen minutes.

Once I had the avatar I wanted, it was a matter of exporting it to a PNG and uploading it on various online properties. I haven’t changed them all yet, but I have changed the most popular. Overall, I’m thrilled with my new profile and there is no doubt I’ll be using it to brand myself for a year or more.

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  1. KirkP

    I’m surprised you didn’t use any of the color gradient features in CorelDraw to even out the highlights on your face and hair.

  2. KirkP

    I think I would have flattened the ears against the head some since yours don’t protrude THAT much.

    • Foster D. Coburn III

      I didn’t want it to be an exact replication of the photo, I wanted it to be a caricature. So I didn’t want to use any special fills or make other changes to make it life-like.


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Foster D. Coburn III

Foster D. Coburn III built his first Web site in 1995 and he has been working exclusively in WordPress since 2013. He has used the Divi theme exclusively since 2015. Earlier in his career he was the author of 13 best-selling books on CorelDRAW and has been a contributor to numerous technology and graphics-related magazines. Foster has taken many projects, including this Web site, from the early design stage through to a finished piece. He has been a featured speaker at many graphics conferences.

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