Thursday, May 31, 2012

Editing Your Kitty Avatar

Ok, you've made your avatar and snipped it, all it needs is a little cleaning up.  For this I use Photoscape (because its easy and FREE).  You may have to download it, if so click here.  You can use other programs, too.

Click on Editor

To the left will be your files, find the one with your avatar, open it and click on your avatar.

At the bottom left will be a tab called "Tools", click on it.

A snip showing the files, the photos in the highlighted file and the editing box.

In the box click on "Clone Stamp".  Pick your brush size, I start with big and work my way down, if needed.

Click on an area you want to clone, usually close to the area you want to delete.  Anything in that circle will be replicated.  Move your mouse over to the area you want to remove and click.  Anything in the 2nd circle will be replaced by what's in the first circle.  Click away until everything is gone.

I'm making an avatar of Katie Isabella.
This is what I'm starting with, I'm ready to go with the biggest brush.

You probably will need to reset either the size or the angle.  I click on any of the other tools then reclick on the Clone Stamp.  If you don't like what you did, click on "Undo" for the last actions or "Undo All" to start all over.

Midway through deleting the "junk".
I can't show you what the clone stamp looks like, but its like a barbell.
When I move the mouse to go to the snipping tool, the clone stamp moves off Katie.

If you want to further customize your avatar, now is the time to do it.  You can use the Clone Stamp or the paint brush.  Click on the little color box to pick your color if you are painting.  I find it helps to enlarge the image when doing this kind of work.

You may have noticed it doesn't have Katie's famous half 'tache.
I picked something close when cartooning her and I'm going to create it.
I've enlarged her 200% and am using the big clone stamp brush.
Hey!  There's part of the clone stamp at the top!  How did I do that?

Further refinements using smaller brushes and a lot of changing the angle of the stamp.
There's the clone stamp on the left.
I'm working in really tight spaces, so the 2 circles are very close.

Now I'm going to use the paint brush to smooth out the rough edges.
The grey box to the right of the tool has instructions.

When you are done, click on the "Crop" tab next to the "Tool" tab. Draw a box around your avatar then click on "Crop".

You can play with the cropping.
I usually don't center, that's a no no in art school.
For this application I keep it close, but you could really have fun with the cropping.

Click on "Save".  Click on "Save As" when the new box pops up.  Name your file and pick your resolution.  Higher is better!

 The final Katie!
I hope she likes it.

I did a new Hannah.
I didn't really like the first one.
All the floofy body styles are squat.
I thought she looked like something out of the movie Gremlins.

By the way, see the GIF tab?  This is where you go to make those moving GIFs.  Its as easy as uploading 2 photos.  Look around the box where the Tools & Crop tabs are, as well as Photoscape.  You can do all kinds of neat stuff.  Add borders, do montages, add speech bubbles, make posters etc.

Are you having problems?  Let me know and I will try to help.  Most importantly, have fun!

UPDATE:  Go see what Sometimes, Cats Herd You did with their kitties!  They did a great job, and had a really creative solution for a one eyed  cat!


Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

Thanks for this series - it was awesome!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We didn't realize you could do more editing to the avatar. We wonder if we could "kink" our tails...we'll have to get Mommy to download Photoscape. Thanks for the tutorial, Oui Oui and Mom!

Katie Isabella said...

OH this is AWESOME! Thank YOU!!!! What a great job. When I first started reading I though my mustache was gone but then....there is was! AWESOME. Kisses!

Marg said...

That is one terrific tutorial on how to do all that. We sure want to try that. It really sounds like fun and thanks so much for telling us all about it. Good stuff.

The Island Cats said...

This is so cool! Thanks for the tutorial. Our mom says when she has some time, she's gonna cartoon us!

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

Thanks for the shout out! Ashton's cartoon makes everybody laugh.

We actually thought of another solution for making a one-eyed cat, in case anybody wants it, but it might be a little advanced for some folks to do: One of the options for eyes is making a cartoon kitty with closed eyes. So if you save one cartoon with open eyes and an identical cartoon with closed eyes, you could then copy the closed eye section of the face and paste it over the open eye to get a one-eyed cat's signature "wink".

If this is too confusing, I can probably whip up a quick tutorial to explain. :)

Now to solve the puzzle of how to make a three-legged cartoon for Cousin Earl...!

Cat said...

We posted our avatars today!!! Thanks again for showing us how :-)

CCL Wendy said...

Once again, I am following in your footsteps. First, you got me hooked on 'gifs', and now the avatars!

Thank you very much for the clear instructions.

I have done up the 3-Ds quite well, I think, as a result.

I'll be posting them today.

You're an inspiration!

Brian said...

Uyou sure did a geeat job explaining all of that good stuff!

Julie Baugh said...

I have used your advice on this and created an avatar for Kizzie, which I hope to use soon. Many thanks.

Thanks for your comment, the "fly me" post was the most recent, until I updated my blog about 3 hours after your comment.

If it is a bit slow uploading, just come out of it and go back in, also you can change the view on the top right hand side if you wish.

The Meezers or Billy said...

The mom did me, but I don't think it looks anything like me. - Miles

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, that was such a great instructive series! Now we just have to get Mom and Dad to actually DO what we've learned from your excellent lessons. :)

Have a great weekend, sweet pals!

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

We came to visit you from Wendy's 3-D cats blog and we luvs your Katie Avatar, just perfect! Teri saved your post and maybe one day (when she retires, hahameow) she will make some of us!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

We will hafta print all this out an save it fer later, but it all seems so COOL!

Tillie and Georgia said...

WOW!! Those avatars are SO cute!! What a cool website you have found and a really neat idea you have :)
Thanks for sharing!!

Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure and JJ

ABBY said...

Oh Wow thanks for the great ideas.
We hadn't thought about using the cloning tool *purrfecto* that will help me out a lot. Like your friend with the one eyed cat they only had *bob tails* (which is what Mom used) and now she knows how to lose the tail completely.
Great. Mom's got some more playing to do...



Eric and Flynn said...

That is great. Thanks for telling us how to do it.

Kat and the Furrsonality gang said...

This is a really cool tutorial! We used the cartoonify site before, it's fun.