MAKE YOUR OWN PROFILE IMAGE
Getting tired of that default bowling ball head you have for a Profile image in MSN Windows Live Spaces? Can’t find the right photo?
It’s easy to draw your own Profile image. Why not draw a Profile image that is bright, colorful, distinguished, eye-catching, and unmistakable? Something that is “you.”
Are you one of those who believes there is a “correct” way to draw? If you are doubtful whether you can draw, let me point out that if you are drawing to express yourself or enjoy yourself and then share, you are doing it right, and you are creating art.
So go for it!
Step one: Open Windows Paint.
To open Windows Paint, click Start / Programs / Accessories / Paint.
Step two: Make a tiny page.
On your Space’s main page, the dimensions for your Profile image are 100 by 100 pixels. To make an image this tiny in Windows Paint, click File / New for a new page. Then click Image / Attributes. Set width at 100; set height at 100; check “pixels;” click OK.
Step three: Color your image.
In the Color Box, click on the color you want. In the Tool Box click the Fill-With-Color Tool. (It looks like paint spilling from a paint bucket.) Click on your tiny page. It should fill with the color you have selected.
Hint: If you don’t see the toolbar with colors, click View / Color Box. If you don’t see the toolbar with tools, click View / Tool Box.
Step four: Add a border.
Add a line border with the Line or Rectangle Tool, after clicking a different color. The Line Tool looks like a short diagonal line. The Rectangle Tool looks like a rectangle with a solid border. (It’s not the rectangle with the dashed border which is the Select Tool.) Click the Line or Rectangle Tool and then click and drag on the page.
Hint: Ctrl+Z is a shortcut for Undo.
Hint: Draw with lines thick enough so your design won’t wash out when it is condensed to make a Comment or a Friend image.
Step five: Add some lettering.
Add lettering with the Text Tool. This tool looks like “A.” Click the Text Tool, then click and drag to open a box where you will put lettering. A menu appears called “Fonts.” Pick your lettering font and size. Pick a different color in the Color Box, if desired. Write something short and meaningful, and when finished, click outside the box, but still on your page.
Hint: If you don’t see the Fonts menu, click View / Text Toolbar.
Hint: The Magnifier Tool won’t work with the Text Tool (sigh).
Hint: Click the bottom icon in the Tool Box to make the lettering box background transparent.
Step six: Save it.
Save your masterpiece. Click File / Save As. Then in the Save As Type menu, select “Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif)” to make a low KB file. Enter a File Name. Click Save. You will see a message about color – colors may be adjusted slightly at this point as you continue with “Yes.”
Step seven: Upload it.
Upload your image to your Profile just as you would a photo.
Step eight: Smile.
Congratulate yourself on your new Web presence. Hip-hip-hooray! Let me know if you try this, and how it goes.
(These directions may have to be adjusted for differing versions of Microsoft Windows.)
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