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At last, Alien as my Avatar!

By Maurice ยท 16 replies
Sep 29, 2004
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  1. I am a great, great fan of Alien films, & can't wait for Alien v Predator to come out at the end of the year!
    It took a while to re-size the image to fit, but I mastered it at last, Godataloss helped me there, but I did it slightly different, if anyone would like to know my method, please ask.
    I happen to know that one of your senior staff once had problems conquering the problem.

    PS; Note matching signature!
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Heh, glad you got one you like. Seemed for a while there you had a new one each time I looked.
    Avatars are kind of a name to people for me, I get used to an avatar and then I don't ever have to look over to read the name of the poster, I can just catch the avatar out of the corner of my eye or with a quick glance and know who it is I'm reading.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    I'm still cooler than all of you! ;)
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes Maurice I`d like to know just for future reference. Regards Howard[​IMG]
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    Yeah, go on tell us.
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes Phantasm you are. Nice one mate . Regards Howard[​IMG]
  7. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Erm, Phantasm, wasn't it you that had some difficulties, admitted in a post,....or was it Ju......oops, perhaps not!

    Hey, Howard, you've pinched my old Avatar!!...oh well, they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery:D

    OK then, my version;--

    First hunt around for a good Avatar, I got mine by going through Google & typing "Alien", d/load it to h/drive, then go to My Pictures, click on the selected picture, open it with "Paint"/Image/Attributes
    On Attributes, make sure that the units are in pixels.
    Alter the two boxes to "70"/OK, until youre satisfied with the result, you'll have to experiment, perhaps tweaking the image manually, [a square image is best] click save on the ALTERED image.
    Go to TS, "Change Avatar" check "Custom" then browse, & click on the image you want.

    I expect that I haven't been too clear, explaining the method, but it will get you there.

    Let me know what you think, there are other ways to do it, as you'll no doubt tell me, but this is the one I'm most comfortable with.

  8. olefarte

    olefarte TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,345   +13

    Maurice, you made me think about dragging one of my old avatars out of the vault, so I did. And I guess it fits me well, but then again my Al Bundy avatar did to I guess. Anyway, I used Photoshop to downsize and crop it, it's very easy to do.
  9. Shiney

    Shiney TS Booster Posts: 160

    Now you have cracked that one, how about trying an animated one. :p
  10. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Shiney, I already did, but one of the "bosses" asked me to change it, you'll have to guess who.
    It was a cartoon Samuri character, who "jiggled" his sword, he who shall be nameless, [he knows who he is:( ] said the continual movement got on his nerves,.... aww, diddums then!!
    I shall trawl more sites for animations. & see what I come up with, watch this space!
    I have got an image of my car, a silver Passat Iin "My Pictures" which I pinched from the VW site, but unfortunately is far too big,.....makes a great background though!, who, me, VAIN???:D

  11. Godataloss

    Godataloss TS Rookie Posts: 482

    Did HR Gieger have anything to do with Alien Vs. Predator?

    I hear it was rather disappointing.
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

  13. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Im exactly the same SNGX.. I get acustom to the avatar, I kidna glance at that and it tells me who the user is, thats why I like people who choose one and leave it at that.

    .../and then theres people like mic, who have a girls pink hello kitty bunny as their AV\...
  14. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Thanks for that Maurice. I`ve learnt something, didn`t have a clue. Cheers mate regards Howard[​IMG]
  15. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    In response to this thread I have changed my avatar to something "fresher" as well.

    Likely people won't notice since I'm not posting much anymore, if at all, though...
  16. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646

    Glad there are other Alien enthusiasts out there, it's my "numero uno" alien creature, with Predator lying a close second, as to A v P, Godataloss, I think they abandoned the pure Giger's Alien way back, did you know that his interpretation of the plot was that they had degenerated from an intelligent race of beings, & the explorers were going to decypher a wall of their hyroglyphs, [not sure of spelling] but it never happened.
    Mic, went to that site, very good, it's a shame that they didn't continue with his creation, although the present representation is pretty awesome, especially the queens.
    Howard, where did you get THOSE smilies, & how did you introduce them into your script? you have me intrigued!

    I am inserting images from My Pictures, can somebody tell me if they actually appear, the one that should appear here, is a different one of Alien**

    Yes, Vehementi, very good, I wonder if your animation will annoy someone like mine did, I just hope that it doesn't start a whole rash of animated Avatars, & I get the blame!!


    **Whoops, it didn't work, I was asked for a script prompt, this time, so how do I......?

  17. Maurice

    Maurice Banned Topic Starter Posts: 646


    Hopefully I have sent an image ;- another view of Alien, would someone let me know if I've got the technique right at last please?**

    **I'm amending this post, as I have found that I can "skew" the image in "Paint" to trim it more successfully, witness the new view of Alien, as my Avatar.


    **SNGX, please allow this digression, I had to do it this way, so that the continuity was correct.

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