Happy Postseason, everyone! We're in the process of making avatars for the Seasonal Exhibition Tournament this year and we need as much help as we can get. For anyone new to making avatars, please read below for more guidelines and tips to creating a good avatar. The list of characters is located at the bottom of this post! Please let us know if there are any questions.
Avatars should be spoiler-tagged with the character's name, and series if possible.
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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
Natsuki @ Cuticle Tantei Inaba (4)
Kenzaki Makoto @ Dokidoki! Precure (9)
fHamaji @ Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun (3)
Koshiki Miyuki @ Little Busters! (7)
Reinforce Zwei @ Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's Movie (4)
Maou @ Maoyuu Maou Yuusha (7)
Minami Kana @ Minami-ke (4)
Minami Haruka @ Minami-ke (3)
Leticia Dracular @ Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai Kara Kuru Sō Desu yo (5)
Harusaki Chiwa @ Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru (5)
Furugoori Kona @ Robotics;Notes (4)
Rita Ainsworth @ Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (3)
Yagami Kagami @ [email protected] (4)
Tsukuyomi Sasami @ [email protected] (3)
Ruki @ Senyuu (7)
Yuugiri @ The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyousuke (9)
Kuroki Rei @ Vividred Operation (3)
Yukimura Aoi @ Yama no Susume (4)
Uehara Ayuko @ Aiura (4)
Saeki Nanako @ Aku no Hana (3)
Kotoha Arata @ Arata Kangatari (6)
Ban Airi @ Devil Survivor (5)
Kuune Haiyore! @ Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (3)
Kamazuki Suzuno @ Hataraku Maou-sama (3)
Tsukumo @ Karneval (6)
Muromi-san @ Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san (4)
Kahori @ Nerawareta Gakuen (4)
Makishima Saori @ Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (4)
Tamura Manami @ Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (3)
Uchida Yuuko @ Photo Kano (3)
Mikasa Ackerman @ Shingeki no Kyojin (4)
Sasha Blouse @ Shingeki no Kyoujin (3)
Ika Musume @ Shinryaku! Ika Musume (4)
Amane Suzuha @ Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu (3)
Amy @ Suisei no Gargantia (5)
Frenda Seivelun @ Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S (4)
Shokuhou Misaki @ Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S (3)
Yuigahama Yui @ Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru (7)
Ichii Yui @ Yuyushiki (4)
Leviathan @ Zettai Bouei Leviathan (5)