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Gregg

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...those fun little photo IDs.
Some people (I won't mention any names, Dan & Jorge) are not reading the instructions before registering.
Any avatar you upload has to be 100x100 pixels saved at 72ppi.
Otherwise they eat up all our storage capacity.
If you can't format your own image, send it to me and I'll do it.
I'd also suggest cropping your images to a square first, so you don't get all squashed and stretched (like Fred's, though he may actually look like that).
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Gregg, I look much more squashed than that in reality! I spent a long time with Photoshop to get myself looking that good...don't spoil it for me!!

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Hey, how come my squashed picture isn't showing up in these posts??!!
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I'm not sure...it may have something to do with some of the guys (we all know who) who uploaded huge pics. This also eats up our allotted bandwidth. I deleted the huge files, and the bandwidth should have reset today (first of month). I'll check into it....
It seems mine is working OK (maybe I accidentally checked the "disproportionate luthier" setting?).


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There, I'm a "normal luthier again (is there such a thing?? if so, I am most certainly NOT one!!)..or at least I'm not squashed anymore!
thanks, Gregg!

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“Got Avatar?”

I just modified a photo into an avatar for Drew Baldwin (whose computer skills are minimal), and was again struck by how many guys who are fantastic musicians or luthiers can’t seem to format a simple 100x100 image.   It’s all in the thread above, but I’ll give you a clear example (Photoshop version).
1.    If you force a rectangle to become a square, it will squash or stretch what’s inside (i.e.: your face).  It’s that simple.
2.    So to format your photo, which is undoubtedly a rectangle, you need to first make it a square by either:
a.    REMOVE part of the image, to leave a cropped, square image.
b.    ADD extra white space (or any color) along the narrow side to make the frame square (leaving your full image with an added border).
3.    In either case, I use Image > Canvas Size.  I select “pixels” (not inches), anchor the image (click on an appropriate ? in the grid), and either:
a.    Change the larger number to equal the smaller number (whether Width or Height).  Click “OK” and “Proceed” and you have a square (you cropped your image).
b.    Change the smaller number to equal the larger (leave Anchor in center), click “OK” and you have a larger square (with white space either on the sides or top & bottom).
4.    Fun, huh?  NOW you have only to size it for the Forum.  Select Image > Image Size and first change the resolution to “72” (the Internet default) and then both the Width and Height to “100” (the Forum default).  Click OK, and you’re done! (it will look right if you are viewing at “100%” (value displayed in the lower left white box).   Contrast, level, sharpen, etc if you wish. 
5.    Save this anywhere you like on your computer, then upload in your Forum Profile.

I’ll show you Drew’s example – for which I actually combined a crop AND an added border.
1. I opened image and arbitrarily cropped some off the top and bottom (remember, it’s gonna be tiny!) with manual Cropping tool.


I was still left with a rectangle,


so I used the Canvas tool to then increase the frame (changing the 1067 pixel Width to match the Height).  Note that it doesn’t matter what the actual size is during all this – only that I make a square.


Yielded this (same image with added white borders = square):


Now change Image Size to 72 res and 100x100 pixels,  and save.


I brightened it up a bit and Voila! (note how the final image is now viewed in Photoshop at 100% size...previously I had been viewing and working at 33.3% view)


FREE OFFER!  Email me your photo and I’ll send back an Avatar.  It takes literally 60 seconds.

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Hopefully I got mine right, although I may have the image at 150x150. Already dumped my image files to a pin drive in anticipation of the new iMacs arrival next week.

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great tutorial Gregg!

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