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  10:56:02  26 March 2008
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Tejas Stalker
Official Stalker on Facebook
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On forum: 05/12/2007
 

Message edited by:
Don Reba
11/19/2011 5:57:49
Messages: 23707
ZONE AVATARS

If you have 150 or more Posts you earn the priviledge to have
a unique Avatar. Sure would nice if more of you who can do so
would try to come up with one. It's a way to show uniqueness
and personality & the only allowed pictures on the forum.

If anyone needs any help or wants a Zone related Avatar
but has had trouble finding something good...I will be more
than happy to help. Just e-mail me and tell me two or three
things or qualities you are looking for to help me along.

Let's make the Zone a better place for all.

TS

Edit:

The maximum size for avatars is 160x160, 10 KB. Jpg and Gif images are allowed.



Advice on reducing image size, by Romulous:

For anyone without Photoshop or for anyone who uses another image viewer, don't worry - there are alternatives when it comes to removing the EXIF data. If your graphics program doesn't have a similar 'Save for Web' option, JPG Cleaner is a nice, simple (and free) standalone EXIF remover (http://www.rainbow-software.org/programs.html). Alternatively, if you have IrfanView installed (which is a popular freeware image viewing software), you can use the 'JPEG Lossless Rotation' option to remove the EXIF markers as well (tick the 'Clean All APP Markers' option).

http://www.fixpicture.org/

This site (Fix Picture) was created by the author of XnView, the popular freeware image viewer. To test it, I took a 1920x1080 image of 1.17MB that had some EXIF data in it, and ran it through the service to see what happened.

The end result was that it reduced it to a 160 pixel JPEG, 4.70KB - and removed the EXIF data in the process. Now, EXIF data can be stored in a number of ways - a particular wallpaper website for example stores its own EXIF data (which is just basically spam, advertising the website) in a way that makes it difficult to remove from the file. I can't guarantee that this website removes all types of EXIF data, but I believe it covers the main methods used.

Anyway, I have done up a quick screenshot guide on how to run an image through the service for anyone who wants to make use of it. Note that the resizing option will keep the original aspect ratio (width divided by height) of the file - you can't change that. For example, you have a 320x200 file you want to run through the site. Selecting the size as 160 will mean the output image will be 160x100 - you can't tell it to make the image 160x160 for example. Still, that shouldn't be much of a problem for most cases, as quite frequently changing the aspect ratio like that will make the image look quite bad.

Enough chatter from me - here is the link to the screenshot guide:
http://img402.imageshack.us/img402/5125/snap045.png

Images can still be processed manually of course for anyone that is familiar with doing so, this website is more for people who might have an image that they want to reduce to avatar size, but don't actually know how to do that.
  13:56:09  26 March 2008
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Black_Raven
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On forum: 02/13/2008
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ZONE AVATARS

Let's make the Zone a better place for all.


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Hahah lol, well, Im for it, but Ill have to wait some more time...
  14:13:04  26 March 2008
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Stierlitz
Senior Resident
 

 
On forum: 05/25/2007
Messages: 6852
Oh, right. One more thing: If you want to have your avatar uploaded, do not send it to the Webmaster, like stated in your profile.

Send it to one of the moderators. This way you'll have your avatar up in no time.
  14:23:35  26 March 2008
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ScramUK
Senior Resident
 

 
On forum: 04/18/2007
 

Message edited by:
ScramUK
03/26/2008 14:23:52
Messages: 360
So..... This is a AI stalker put into the zone with my name? Im lost.....and ignorant
  15:06:16  26 March 2008
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Stierlitz
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On forum: 05/25/2007
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So..... This is a AI stalker put into the zone with my name? Im lost.....and ignorant
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No, it's the forum avatar. The little picture under your user name.
  17:07:15  26 March 2008
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Outcast
A clear sky only makes my shadow darker
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On forum: 06/24/2007
 

Message edited by:
Outcast
03/26/2008 17:07:49
Messages: 191
I made a fantastic one for myself, it's just the maximum file size for the avatar is pathetic here.

Siro may still have mine.

<*

You are more than welcome to assign me one, anything is better than that one over there

*there
  17:15:43  26 March 2008
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Stierlitz
Senior Resident
 

 
On forum: 05/25/2007
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You are more than welcome to assign me one, anything is better than that one over there
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Send me the avatar, I'll upload it.
  18:26:09  26 March 2008
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Outcast
A clear sky only makes my shadow darker
(Resident)

 

 
On forum: 06/24/2007
Messages: 191

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You are more than welcome to assign me one, anything is better than that one over there

Send me the avatar, I'll upload it.
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This,

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/outcastcanseeyoursoul/Hal-9000-1.jpg

or this,

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u58/outcastcanseeyoursoul/Hal-9000.png

Seems it's way to big.
  18:29:43  26 March 2008
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Stierlitz
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On forum: 05/25/2007
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Seems it's way to big.
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Yeah, 10kb is the max, can't upload it when it's bigger.
  19:46:15  26 March 2008
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KoTT
your local metalhead
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On forum: 08/08/2007
Messages: 1983
you could try compressing it. dont think the quality difference should be too noticeable since its a small picture.
 
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