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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an avatar?

An avatar is the picture beneath your username. It is used as a picture of your character, and can be a photograph or a drawing. Most people use a specific actor, singer, model, or other celebrity as their character's 'face'. This is known as a Face Claim (FC). Make sure you look at the FC list to check that your desired FC has not already been taken! You can claim a face here.

Avatar Rules

All pictures -- and any text on them -- must adhere to the PG-13 rating. Nudity is not permitted.

Avatars should be a height of 300px and a width of 200px. If your avatar is larger than this, you will be asked to resize your avatar.

How do I make an avatar?

These instructions are for Microsoft Paint, as it is the most basic of image-editing software. (Many players use more advanced software, such as Photoshop.)

1. Find an image that you would like to use.
2. Open Microsoft Paint.
3. Right click on your image, press copy.
4. Move to the Paint window, click Edit --> Paste.
5. Use the Sketch/Skew attribute to shrink your image.
6. Go to Attributes; enter 200px for the width and 300px for the height.
7. File --> Save. Be sure to save the image as a .jpg or a .png -- not a .bmp.

How do I set up my avatar?

1. Upload your avatar to a website, such as Imgur or Photobucket.
2. Hover over the 'Profile' button at the top of this page. Click 'Forum Profile' from the dropdown menu.
3. Under 'Personalised Picture', select 'Specify avatar by URL'.
4. Paste the direct link to the avatar in the space provided. The direct link will be one that starts with http://i. (if your link reads https://i. you will need to delete the 's'!) and links only to your avatar.  It should look like this:

How do I fix my avatar?

The biggest problem our members usually face is that there is that their avatar won't show up. When you paste your image URL into the space provided, be sure that the link starts with http://i and not https://i. You need to delete the extra 's', otherwise your avatar won't show up!

If this doesn't solve the problem or you are having other problems with your avatar, it's best to ask a staff member for help. If none of them are online, you can send a PM instead. Alternatively, you can post in the Testing forum to request help. A staff member will be more than happy to help you from there, or you may get a helpful response from other site members!

Avatar Resources

- Google Images
- Instagram
- Modelling Agencies
- Tumblr

Some players enjoy making avatars and will offer to make them for other members. You can find avatar 'shops' in the Summer Graphics Center, and the Elsewhere Graphics forum, so feel free to make a request in one of those! Each shop/player has their individual rules, so please respect them.

written by Esme Vartan; edited & updated by Calypso Ross [February 2016].

« Last Edit: 04/25/2019 at 16:03 by Calypso Ross »