Happy 2013, everyone! We're in the process of making avatars for the Preliminary Period and we'd like to ask for your help! Below are examples and tips for making good avatars in order to make things a little easier, and the template has changed this year, so please read more below! The list of characters that need avatars is located at the bottom of this post.
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-No text, no need to worry about getting macrons right or deciding on text color.
-Rounded edges, which means transparency is needed for the corners. Make sure to follow the directions below carefully so you round the corners properly.
-Increase height for voting size will let avatars be more recognizable.
Using the Template
When you open the template, it should look like this, with the Test Image layer selected:
Notice that all images should go inside the group. The purpose of this group is to round the edges of any picture you put inside it, so it's very useful. Make sure all images are inside the group. Now when you put in a new picture, its edges will automatically be rounded. When you resize your picture, it should look like this:
The corners should be transparent (not white).
Saving the avatar
This is important. Always save as a PNG to preserve transparency! Use the regular Save As... command from Photoshop, and chose None for interlace options.
Note: Do not save as a JPG, GIF, or PNG-8. Use PNG-24 (default).
Some Tips from Hikari-chan
-Don't cut off the chin in the avatar. Most of the time you can show the full chin.
-The top of the head should never be shown. If so, then the avatar is probably too small.
-Some hair on the forehead should be shown. If not, then the avatar is probably too big.
-Be careful of turning heads, because those are often troublesome.
-Avoid empty spaces. You may shift the avatar off-center to cover them up.
-If the character in the avatar is not recognizable, then you may need to zoom out or find a new picture.
-Never resize up an image (make it bigger). If you made a mistake in resizing an imagine down, undo the transformation and try again.
-Avoid awkward body part placement around the edges. Hinagiku's avatar from above has part of her hand cut off on the top. This is fixed below.
Examples of good avatars
Kuroyukihime @ Accel World
Miniwa Tsumiki @ Acchi Kocchi
Kamio Misuzu @ AIR
Katagiri Yūhi @ Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka
Iwasawa Masami @ Angel Beats!
Nakamura Yuri @ Angel Beats!
Tachibana Kanade @ Angel Beats!
Yui @ Angel Beats!
Honma Meiko @ Ano Hi Mita Hana
Misaki Mei @ Another
Kirishima Shōko @ Baka to Test to Shōkanjū
Shimada Minami @ Baka to Test to Shōkanjū
Araragi Karen @ Bakemonogatari
Araragi Tsukihi @ Bakemonogatari
Hanekawa Tsubasa @ Bakemonogatari
Oshino Shinobu @ Bakemonogatari
Sengoku Nadeko @ Bakemonogatari
Senjōgahara Hitagi @ Bakemonogatari
Kuroi Mato @ Black★Rock Shooter
Hasegawa Kobato @ Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Kashiwazaki Sena @ Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Mikazuki Yozora @ Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Erica Blandelli @ Campione!
Kinomoto Sakura @ Cardcaptor Sakura
Chii @ Chobits
Dekomori Sanae @ Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!
Nibutani Shinka @ Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!
Takanashi Rikka @ Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!
Takanashi Tōka @ Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!
Tsuyuri Kumin @ Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!
Fujibayashi Kyō @ CLANNAD
Fujibayashi Ryō @ CLANNAD
Furukawa Nagisa @ CLANNAD
Ibuki Fūko @ CLANNAD
Ichinose Kotomi @ CLANNAD
Sakagami Tomoyo @ CLANNAD
Sunohara Mei @ CLANNAD
Anya Alstreim @ Code Geass
C.C. @ Code Geass
Kōzuki Kallen @ Code Geass
Tōwa Erio @ Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Mōri Ran @ Detective Conan
Illyasviel von Einzbern @ Fate/stay night
Matō Sakura @ Fate/stay night
Saber @ Fate/stay night
Tōsaka Rin @ Fate/stay night
Irisviel von Einzbern @ Fate/Zero
Teletha Testarossa @ Full Metal Panic!
Nishizumi Miho @ Girls und Panzer
Victorique de Blois @ GOSICK
Yuzuriha Inori @ Guilty Crown
Nyarlathotep @ Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Katsura Hinagiku @ Hayate no Gotoku!
Maria @ Hayate no Gotoku!
Nishizawa Ayumu @ Hayate no Gotoku!
Sanzen'in Nagi @ Hayate no Gotoku!
Kanzaki H. Aria @ Hidan no Aria
Mine Riko @ Hidan no Aria
Rias Gremory @ High School DxD
Tōjō Koneko @ High School DxD
Furude Hanyū @ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Furude Rika @ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Ryūgū Rena @ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Sonozaki Mion @ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Chitanda Eru @ Hyōka
Ibara Mayaka @ Hyōka
Shirakiin Ririchiyo @ Inu × Boku SS
Roromiya Karuta @ Inu x Boku SS
Charlotte Dunois @ IS <Infinite Stratos>
Watashi @ Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita
Kushina Anna @ K
Neko @ K
Ayukawa Tenri @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Elucia de Lute Ima @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Haqua du Lot Herminium @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Shiomiya Shiori @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Kawasumi Mai @ Kanon
Tsukimiya Ayu @ Kanon
Ryōgi Shiki @ Kara no Kyōkai
Inaba Himeko @ Kokoro Connect
Nagase Iori @ Kokoro Connect
Akiyama Mio @ K-ON!
Hirasawa Ui @ K-ON!
Hirasawa Yui @ K-ON!
Kotobuki Tsumugi @ K-ON!
Nakano Azusa @ K-ON!
Tainaka Ritsu @ K-ON!
Eucliwood Hellscythe @ Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Haruna @ Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
Kamikita Komari @ Little Busters!
Kurugaya Yuiko @ Little Busters!
Natsume Rin @ Little Busters!
Nishizono Mio @ Little Busters!
Nōmi Kudryavka @ Little Busters!
Saigusa Haruka @ Little Busters!
Hiiragi Kagami @ Lucky ☆ Star
Hiiragi Tsukasa @ Lucky ☆ Star
Izumi Konata @ Lucky ☆ Star
Morgiana @ MAGI
Evangeline A.K. McDowell @ Mahō Sensei Negima!
Fate Testarossa @ Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha
Takamachi Nanoha @ Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha
Yagami Hayate @ Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha
Konoe Subaru @ Mayo Chiki!
Kurokami Medaka @ Medaka Box
Minami Chiaki @ Minami-ke
Gasai Yuno @ Mirai Nikki
Oda Nobuna @ Oda Nobuna No Yabō
Takenaka Hanbee @ Oda Nobuna No Yabō
Himenokōji Akiko @ Onii-chan Dakedo Ai...
Aragaki Ayase @ Ore no Imōto
Gokō Ruri (Kuroneko) @ Ore no Imōto
Kōsaka Kirino @ Ore no Imōto
Akemi Homura @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
Kaname Madoka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
Sakura Kyōko @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
Tomoe Mami @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
Shinku @ Rozen Maiden
Suigintō @ Rozen Maiden
Suiseiseki @ Rozen Maiden
Matsumi Kuro @ Saki
Onjōji Toki @ Saki
Aoyama Nanami @ Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo
Shiina Mashiro @ Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo
Sanka Rea @ Sankarea
Komori Kiri @ Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei
Sawachika Eri @ School Rumble
Shiina Mafuyu @ Seitokai no Ichizon
Shana @ Shakugan no Shana
Hinamori Amu @ Shugo Chara!
Ikaros @ Sora no Otoshimono
Nymph @ Sora no Otoshimono
Holo @ Spice and Wolf
Makise Kurisu @ Steins;Gate
Shiina Mayuri @ Steins;Gate
Asahina Mikuru @ Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu
Kyon no Imōto @ Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu
Nagato Yuki @ Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu
Suzumiya Haruhi @ Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu
Tsuruya @ Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu
Ayano Keiko @ Sword Art Online
Kirigaya Suguha @ Sword Art Online
Yui @ Sword Art Online
Yūki Asuna @ Sword Art Online
Okita Sawa @ TARI TARI
Sakai Wakana @ TARI TARI
Kanoe Yūko @ Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
Konjiki no Yami @ To LOVE-Ru
Index L. Prohibitorum @ Toaru Majutsu no Index
Last Order @ Toaru Majutsu no Index
Misaka Mikoto @ Toaru Majutsu no Index
Shirai Kuroko @ Toaru Majutsu no Index
Kotegawa Yui @ To-Love Ru
Lala Satalin Deviluke @ To-Love Ru
Momo Belia Deviluke @ To-Love Ru
Yūki Mikan @ To-Love Ru
Mizutani Shizuku @ Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Natsume Asako @ Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Aisaka Taiga @ Toradora!
Kawashima Ami @ Toradora!
Kushieda Minori @ Toradora!
Sakura @ Tsubasa Chronicle
Kasugano Sora @ Yosuga no Sora
Akaza Akari @ YuruYuri
Toshinō Kyōko @ YuruYuri
Louise Vallière @ Zero no Tsukaima
Kusaribe Hakaze @ Zetsuen no Tempest