Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Clipping and Saving Your Kitty Avatar

So you created an avatar of your kitty, and it is the cutest thing you have ever seen.  Of course you want to save it!   Today we are going to snip it off the screen.

Go to your "Start" button in the lower left corner of the computer screen (it could look like the Windows logo in a blue sphere) and click on it.

Then click on "All Programs".

Find "Accessories" and click on it.

Look for "Snipping Tool", click on that too.  A little box comes up and the screen will gray back some.  If you can't find the tool, no worries, see the end of this post.

You are now ready to snip your avatar.  If you know how to crop a photo, it works exactly the same way.  If you don't, eye ball maybe a half inch more to the left and top of your kitty and click in the upper left corner where they intersect.  Drag your mouse over to the right then drag it down to create a box.  Don't worry if you have some other images inside the box, we will clean them up.  Its better to have too much area around it than not enough.

When you release the mouse, a box with your avatar will appear.  Click on the disc icon in the upper left corner to save your avatar.  I save mine as a JPEG and file them in with my photos.  You should have something that looks like this:

Give it a nice name.  After its saved we will clean up those other parts of the screen we don't want, crop it and you will have a kitty like this:

This sounds a lot more complicated than it is.  It only takes 30 seconds.  After you use the snipping tool, it will show up as soon as you open the "Start" button, so you don't have to look for it.  BTW, if you click on the snipping tool where it says "new", you can change the shape being snipped.  You can use this tool for saving anything online you see and like.

Here's a link to a website that has pictures and even a video at the end if I have confused you.

Most new computers come with a snipping tool.  If you don't have it, you can download it for free.  Go to Google and type in "Free Snipping Tool" and the name of the program your computer runs on - Windows XP, Windows 7, what ever.

Tomorrow we will do the final step - clean up and crop your avatars, so start snipping!


Gigi said...

Oh dear Cod, Something else the Human won't be doing for me. Sigh. Wait! She says she might when "graduation is over." That's all I efur hear around here anymore. Can't those kids just graduate themselves???

Okay, she did learn the whole gif thing. But this looks harder. Sigh.

meowmeowmans said...

Great, because the humans have been "busy," we are now behind in your avatar creation lesson! They are such slackers.


Summer at said...

That sounds similar to the "Grab" tool on Macs - it's in the Utilities folder in the Applications folder.

The Furries of Whisppy said...

Mommy tried making an avatar of me, but she got a little cross eyed with so many options. MOL.

Love, Ling

Marg said...

Wow, that is really interesting. I do have the snipping tool. We are going to have to try this deal. It sure looks like fun.Thanks for all this good instruction. Take care.

Brian said...

That reslly is cool and I think we might me seeing some new avatars around! said...

That looks like fun. Tommie says,"Step away from the puter and play with ME!"... But I'll just wait until he's napping and give it a try.

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Mum is going to give it a go but I am not holding my breath for it to work MOl.. Hugs GJ xx

Layla Morgan Wilde ( Cat Wisdom 101) said...

This is really cool. We need to figure out how to make sidebar badges with html code.

Unknown said...

I think we will be having more of a go at things like this once Mum's book on how to use "Gimp" arrives, probably next week.

Stacy Hurt said...

Oui Oui!So glad to meet you. Thank you so much for coming to share our sadness over Elliott. I appreciate your comments.

Ms. Stella O'Houligan


Oui Oui
I did it I did it!!
Thank you for the lesson with the snipping tool!!
That is so neat.
Mom had no idea she had a snipping tool and she is so happy to learn something new.
Now she cant wait for her next lesson.


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

that's the avi of Cody that you made for me :)

Cat said...

It's so much fun, I've made one for each of the boys!!!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

We never thought of using the snipping tool for saving things that can't usually be saved. We use it instead of print screen and wonder how we ever managed before we had it.

Oskar said...

Holy cow, this is pawsome. My mom person totally had stuff to do, but now she is doing this instead, BOL!

Nubbin wiggles,

Fuzzy Tales said...

I know this is an old post, but I wanted to say thanks for the clipping tool clip! I didn't even know it existed and I'll be making use of it now--just did, actually, in SmileBox. Thanks!