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How do I change my Avatar?

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I'm trying to get the avatar image to display properly, but I can't get an image to display properly, it cuts half the picture off.
 

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That is a great question. I cannot find an option to set or control the avatar size ANYWHERE in the Admin CP. I am still trying to learn where everything is in the Admin CP, but doing a search for "avatar" doesn't pull up anything that lets me change the size.

My avatar is currently 96 X 96 if I right click on it and select "View Image Info". I am pretty sure that when I uploaded mine to vB it was 200 X 200, or real close to that. So I think XF has taken my image and scaled it down to 96 X 96.

IF you click on your avatar here,

avatar.jpg


It brings up a page that lets you upload an avatar.

avatar2.jpg


Even thought it recommends a 400 X 400 image, it certainly doesn't display it that size! I have not experimented with it, but based on the comment about dragging the image around to crop it, I am thinking it doesn't use ALL of the 400 X 400 size. You may just have to play around with it to see what happens.
 

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I was looking into this yesterday. It basically cut off the bottom half of my avatar which makes that picture irrelevant. I'll probably change to something else and hope that you work your magic and get it to work like it used to.
 

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Mine was only showing the black space on the left and then cut off the image in the middle of the license plate. I followed your steps above and got it fairly well centered so the complete TX T is now showing.
 

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Start with a big image, like bigger than 400 X 400, then see how it crops it. Otherwise, resize the image you want to 96 X 96 so there is no cropping. From what I can tell, I have no control over the 96 X 96 size... At least not without getting into the code of the forum.
 
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When I reduced the image to 96 size, it was clear on the pc and when set as the avatar it still was cropped (the image appeared to have been expanded) and the image was so fuzzy it looked like something, but could hardly recognize it. See my avatar.
ChromeSpark.jpg

above is pic from pc This was previous avatar

Well that's about the same try the other
96x96 avatar.jpg


This is pc pic
 
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When I reduced the image to 96 size, it was clear on the pc and when set as the avatar it still was cropped (the image appeared to have been expanded) and the image was so fuzzy it looked like something, but could hardly recognize it. See my avatar.
ChromeSpark.jpg

above is pic from pc This was previous avatar

Well that's about the same try the other
96x96 avatar.jpg


This is pc pic
The top one is clear and centered for me.

The bottom one is a rectangle. Aspect ratio is the problem. The forum seems to be forcing avatars to be square, so if you start with a rectangle, it crops the ends. For something like your bike, you need equal space above and below the bike so it would be centered in a square image. I am looking to see if I can find a way to play around with the settings. I still haven't fully learned where every little feature is located in the Admin CP. There are myriad menus and submenus :doh: But I AM looking ;-)
 
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Found another one that's fairly close

pic on pc
86 Aspy LF avatar.jpg


They look almost the same, it must be the ratio like you stated. Guess I'll have to get a new pic (or find on the pc) to try the whole bike.
 

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Apparently, without actually getting into the code of the software, there is no option that gives me direct control over avatar size. I can control the width of the block on the left side of the messages where the avatar is located and I think the avatar size changes based on that.
 

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Okay, I found a way to bump them up to 150 wide. But they will still be squares and a rectangular image will still get the sides (or top/bottom) cropped. You still need to start with a big image so that when it is scaled down it will look better.
 
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Ok new avatar pic, started with a large img from the camera. Cropped it till almost square, then reduced the largest size to 96 that defaulted the other to 84

pic from pc
Avatar pic.jpg


The 96 was across the pic and 84 the height. The avatar pic has been cropped down from 96. Guess I'll have to try a real square size
 
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Ok new 96x96 pic from pc versus avatar

Avatar pic.jpg


pc pic looks slightly clearer to me, or I'm fooling myself. Oops, I guess I need to do it 120x120
 

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Ok new avatar pic, started with a large img from the camera. Cropped it till almost square, then reduced the largest size to 96 that defaulted the other to 84

pic from pc
Avatar pic.jpg


The 96 was across the pic and 84 the height. The avatar pic has been cropped down from 96. Guess I'll have to try a real square size
Don't reduce it on your PC before uploading. Keep it around 400 X 400 if you can because that will give it better quality when the forum scales it down. Also, try leaving a bit of space behind and in front of the bike if you can. Just make sure the final image is square, and there should be no cropping other than scaling it down.
 
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ok I'll do a 400x400. I'm mainly looking for the clarity in the avatar. If I get that down I'll have to take a new pic because the original is too wide versus the height.
 
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Well the 400x pic seems to be much clearer, now I'll have to take a portrait layout pic of the bike, so I can crop off the extra from top and bottom (the extra background). When I get good weather I'll post back with the new pic

ps would an 800x equal a more clear image and of course how high would actually make any difference. But they definitely need to be square.
 

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I'm mainly looking for the clarity in the avatar.
I am noticing the lack of clarity as well. My image is sharper in the original. I guess the scaling affects that. I might try resizing mine in an actual image program to 96 X 96 to see if that gives better clarity and then upload it.
 
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Scott the 96x I posted was done as you suggested editing a full size image (use MS pic manager or something close to that name). Started by making the image square (think the number was 2448x), then resized to the different ones posted.
 

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Well, after doing some searching, it seems the blurry issue is a common one. Other admins are complaining about it on the XF support forums. I am not 100% sure yet if there is a solution. It has something to do with the way XF scales the image. For each users, there are actually five different sized avatars that get used depending on the size of the screen used to view the site, from big monitors down to mobile apps. I will keep looking though.
 
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Wow, this is so confuuuussing to a computer illiterate. Luckily my son will probably fix my avatar when he gets back from Minnesota. I’m just and old guy who hates change but I do miss the join dates that we had under our avatars and when you read a thread who is also on it, to mention a couple of things.
 

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Wow, this is so confuuuussing to a computer illiterate. Luckily my son will probably fix my avatar when he gets back from Minnesota. I’m just and old guy who hates change but I do miss the join dates that we had under our avatars and when you read a thread who is also on it, to mention a couple of things.
If you are a regular computer, just put the mouse over the person's avatar and wait a second. If you are on a phone, just put your thumb/finger on the avatar and hold it for a second or two. A small box pops up with all that info.
 

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Okay, I now have the join date showing under the user avatar ;-) Just took a while to figure out where that option was in the myriad admin control menus!
 

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If you are a regular computer, just put the mouse over the person's avatar and wait a second. If you are on a phone, just put your thumb/finger on the avatar and hold it for a second or two. A small box pops up with all that info.
Ah yes, mucho better, I see um now. Now to get klb1122 to fix my avatar.
 
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Mine's not as sharp as it originally was AND it wasn't centered correctly, but I did find where I could move the image. So I did that and now it's centered. Still blurry, but centered.
 

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Mine's not as sharp as it originally was AND it wasn't centered correctly, but I did find where I could move the image. So I did that and now it's centered. Still blurry, but centered.
Hi, is that new b fit gym open for business there in yoakum? It used to be the alco store i think. Got to get out there this week for repairs sometime.
 

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Mine's not as sharp as it originally was AND it wasn't centered correctly, but I did find where I could move the image. So I did that and now it's centered. Still blurry, but centered.
The lack of sharpness is a result of how the forum scales the images apparently. There are numerous other forum admins griping about this on the XF support forums. I don't know if they will do anything about it or not :shrug: There is nothing I can do at the moment.
 

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Anybody see an improvement in the sharpness of the images on your end?

I think some folks still need to upload a new avatar image, so that there is a big image (400 X 400) to start with that has good sharpness and then perhaps crop it so that the longest dimension is 400 depending on if your images is tall or wide. If you have a landscape style image, make the width 400. If you have a portrait style image, make the height 400. I think this will keep the proportions you want in your image. I'll have to experiment with it on my end to be sure. Feedback from you guys can't hurt though ;-)
 

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The recommended size is 400 X 400 when you go to upload it.

Sharpness will also depend on the original image. To me, your avatar and the image in the body of your post look about the same in terms of sharpness.
 
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Just tried the 800 for giggles, seemed to be about the same as the 400

86 Wing sqa400.jpg

I can't tell any difference, above is 400, it seems less clear than the 800
Picture started as 2368x2368
 

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The program you are using to resize it seems to be pixelizing the image when it reduces the size. The image above actually looks worse. Although, the current avatar looks about as good as it make get regardless.

I use Irfanview, it is free. www.irfanview.com

Open the image, CTRL R for resize and it usually does a great job. Save it and you should be good to go.
 
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The IrfanView is doing a better job, thanks. It still isn't as clear as the 800x size but a marked difference in the 400x done with MS Office Picture Manager. This photo was cropped with the Pic Manager so the loos of quality may have started there, I'll have to see if I have the unmolested original and try the Irfan program from start to finish.

Thank you Scott
 

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Mike, what did you use to take the new pic? Can you set it for standard and not widescreen . Use the device you used to take the pic to crop it to square dimension (if able) then upload it to the site (like a smartphone or tablet). I'm thinking the pc software is causing the blurry condition.
 
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Used a Canon and took it vertically so as to crop it into a square, since the avatars are a square dimension. Yes the MS Office Picture Manager was what caused the issue on the smaller 400x photo, using the IrfanView produced a clearer 400x photo, not as sharp as the 800x size but very close.
 

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I have been using Irfanview for close to 20 years now. It is great for basic stuff. Real simple and easy to use. I like the thumbnail viewer feature. After you open the program, hit T. That opens a new window where you can browse directories and view all the images like they were on a contact viewer. You can set the size you want the thumbnails to be. It REALLY makes it easy to do ride reports and/or find images. If you want to see one of the thumbnails full size, just double click it and it opens in the regular part of the program. There is also a nice slide show feature in the main program. Very easy to use. I will often set it to a directory with pictures from a trip and have it display on the big screen TV in the living room and let it run in loop mode. It is a great conversation starter when company comes over.
 

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Used a Canon and took it vertically so as to crop it into a square, since the avatars are a square dimension. Yes the MS Office Picture Manager was what caused the issue on the smaller 400x photo, using the IrfanView produced a clearer 400x photo, not as sharp as the 800x size but very close.
Was thinkin that a web device with camera (smartphone,tablet) directly uploaded might yield better results . This was all I was trying to say eariler. Course im not the 800lb computer guru in the room :-P.
 
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