How to: Add an avatar and user pic to your forum posts and comments

maki
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You can add an avatar or user pic that appears next to your forum topics and comments, as well as a signature that appears under your comments, on your Account page. Just click the Edit tab on the Account page, and you'll see where to add both.

The avatar/user pic should be a minimum of 80x80 pixels in size. An ideal size is 200x200. JPEG, PNG and GIF files are accepted.

Your signature can contain some HTML code, but no Javascript sigs are allowed since they can cause problems.

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pii_bii
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Re: How to: Add an avatar and user pic to your forum posts ...

For some reason, when I try to edit my personal details, including my avatar, when I hit submit it doesn't work. :S I am making sure that the image is the right file type, size etc, and also inputting my password. What am I doing wrong?

maki
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Re: How to: Add an avatar and user pic to your forum posts ...

Hi pii_bii. Could you tell me what doesn't work when you try to submit? Do you see an error message somewhere?

When you edit your info, you don't need to re-enter your password unless you want to enter a new password, if you are already logged in. That may be what is tripping you up, though I'm just guessing here.

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Re: How to: Add an avatar and user pic to your forum posts ...

To edit your signature, just go to your user page - Edit. Here's the direct link - scroll down a bit and you'll see the 'signature' area.

For your avatar, which has flat colors, JPEG is not the best file format. You may want to save as GIF or PNG (PNG-8 is ok), in File - Save for Web and Devices menu in Photoshop. If you want a very verbose explanation with lots of examples of different graphics formats, you may want to take a look at this article I wrote and is amazingly still up - I think I write it back in 2000 or something but it's still valid!

Lorena
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Re: How to: Add an avatar and user pic to your forum posts ...

I'm trying to edit my signature in my account and I can't -- so I have to manually place a line break in each time (which gets tedious). Also, I designed my JPG avatar in Photoshop, and it looks fine there. But, once I upload it to my account, it comes out all blotchy. I've seen this happen in other content-management systems, so I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong, or if I need to use another setting in Photoshop for the file.

Help, please! (And thank you!)
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Lorena
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Re: How to: Add an avatar and user pic to your forum posts ...

Thanks for the graphics how-to, Maki! It worked perfectly and I've got that link you provided bookmarked to read later today. :)

As far as the signature thing goes, I think I changed it. The only issue is that it also auto-loads to my comment form for some reason. Is that supposed to happen, or will it double-post my signature like it did in my prior comment?

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