Whether you're fighting wizards and defending castle moats in multiplayer games or simply chatting with friends or checking your blog posts, be represented online with a creature of lore -- a dragon. Design your own version of Puff the Magic Dragon or use influences from tales such as the Jabberwocky and enjoy your own fire-breathing avatar. Creating a dragon to use as an avatar with a computer software program takes little time.
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Things you need
- Windows Paint
- Microsoft Publisher
- Adobe Photoshop
Open Paint. Click the Paint drop-down menu and select "Open." Browse to a photo or drawing of a dragon to use as the avatar. Double-click the image.
Click the "Resize" button on the ribbon. Make sure the "Maintain aspect ratio" box is checked.
Click the "Pixels" radio button. Type the dimensions for the avatar into the larger of the "Horizontal" and "Vertical" boxes. For example, if the avatar is taller than it is long, type the preferred pixels, such as "64," into the "Vertical" box. The other box will change automatically.
Click the "OK" button and Paint shrinks the dragon image to avatar size. Click the Paint button. Select "Save As." Rename the file and click the "Save" button.
Open Publisher. Click the "Blank 11 x 8.5" button under "Available Templates." Change the page to avatar size by clicking the "Page Design" tab. Click the "Size" button. Click "Page Setup." Pull down the "Layout Type" menu and click "One Page Per Sheet." Enter the avatar dimensions into the "Width" and "Height" boxes, such as "1" for each; Publisher works in inches, not pixels. Click the "OK" button.
Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Clip Art" button. Type "dragon" into the "Search for" box. Click "Go."
Scroll through the image results. Double-click a dragon to add it to the avatar. If it opens too large, click the dragon and press and hold down the "Shift" key. Click a corner of the dragon image and drag to the middle to shrink it to fit.
Click the "File" tab. Click "Save As." Enter a name in the "File name" field and click the "Save" button.
Open Photoshop. Select "File." Select "New." Type "MyDragon" into the "Name" field. Type dimensions into the "Width" and "Height" boxes, such as "48" for both. Pull down the dimensions menus and click "pixels." Click the "OK" button. When the small canvas opens, pull down the "View" menu and click "Fit on Screen" to enlarge your drawing room.
Double-click the "Color Picker" coloured box on the "Tools" pane. Choose a colour for the main portion of the dragon's head and body, such as green. Click "OK." Click the "Brush" tool. Pull down the brush menu on the toolbar and slide the "Size" bar to "1." Position the cursor on the canvas and draw the dragon's head with a simple curve, extend the brush tool to form the dragon's snout and, if desired, finish with a bulbous body, small arms and legs and a tail. Keep in mind avatars are very small, so detail may be lost.
Change colours in the "Color Picker." Add details to the dragon such as scales, eyes, claws and fire coming from his mouth.
Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Pull down the "Format" menu and click "GIF." Click the "Save" button.
Tips and warnings
- These suggestions are only a guideline. All three programs offer the ability to draw dragons for an avatar. Although Publisher's drawing tool (to find it, click the "Insert" tab, "Shapes" button and "Scribble" tool) is extremely limited, with a steady hand you can draw your own dragon. All three programs also offer the ability to insert dragon pictures already scanned in or uploaded. Paint and Photoshop do not have clip art tools.
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