CREATE YOUR AVATAR
FROM A PHOTO
Derived from the Hindu religion, the word AVATAR has become synonymous with mishap, misfortune or damage...
It is also, in Computer Science, an AVATAR is a hand-drawn cartoon character representing a user on the Internet and in video games.
It is especially this last information that we develop on this page: How to cartoonize a photo and turn it into your own comic character.
Realize the old dream of becoming a cartoon book hero !
There are dozens of sites for achieving one's own comic character... BE FUNKY worth a detour for the richness of its offer, or else FACE YOUR MANGA ... We tried some of these websites... mmm! not very good :
HAVE A LOOK ON THE TEST HERE.
But the results do not always live up to expectations ... and it often takes much imagination to identify with the result. Special mention, however, for PHO.TO which can sometimes provide interesting results.
You can also use specific software : Photo to Cartoon , Into Cartoon Pro or Cartoon Maker among others ... I have tried them without much success : do not expect miracles !
WHY USE AN AVATAR ?
An avatar represents you in virtual worlds ... but it can also save you put your true photo on Facebook or Twitter ... and even MSN ! And it is said that a Twitter account with an avatar is more often visited than others.
On the first page of a photo book (weeding, birth, travel...)
Put your avatar as a background display on your cellular : it's YOUR phone !
You can also personalize your mail paper, email headings ... by including your avatar ! Your cards, birthday cards or invitations will be even more attractive.
This can also be an original and personalized gift ... For a very low cost and always appreciated ... you make to someone you want to surprise.
AND... if you buy a painter canvas and print your avatar on regular printing paper, you can, using decoupage techniques, make like a transfer of your avatar on the canvas... see that page : decoupage on a painter canvas...
CARTOONIZING A PHOTO
WITH PHOTOSHOP ...
On this site, you have a tutorial on a simple technique for "How to make your cartoon character from a photo" using your favorite image processing software ... Photoshop in this case !
By applying some filters to the base image, then arranging the background, you can get a fairly convincing result without too much knowledge ! If you are interested in this technique, see the page PHOTO TO COMICS or this other page BLACK AND WHITE COMIC on this site.
HOW TO DRAW YOUR PROFILE AVATAR WITH A GRAPHIC TABLET .
You'll get a much more convincing result by drawing your own avatar using a graphics tablet (of course, you can also do it with the mouse ... but so much more compelling!).
Starting with your photo in Photoshop and working on a first layer, you will gradually draw the main features of the character.
A second layer will be used for research and simplification of the coloring and highlights.
Then is added a third layer for the background ...
The combination of these layers gives you the final avatar.
If you are interested by this process, mail me and I'll write a tutorial about making cartoon charcaters from photos...
ORDER YOUR AVATAR
If you want me to cartoonize a photo for you and turn your picture into a comic character, I'll send it by e-mail very quickly ...
Choose a photo with a good definition (1200x1600 px for example ... or more), click on the link below to open your email plateform and send it to me as an attached file...
Email me the photo you want "to Cartoonize" and for only $20 , I send you back your avatar by mail to the format and size you want (JPEG, GIF, PSD ...) ready to use.
Free of sending charges ! And it's fast ... within two days !