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Im trying to clean up my avatar...

Can you guys point me in the right direction? I have been using MS PAINT but it doesnt seem to keep the image cleaned up

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What do you mean by cleaned up? If you mean that blurry mess you get left with after you save an image as a JPG, then simply use another format, personally most of the images I edit I make sure they're a PNG before doing anything with them.
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    If by "cleaned up" you mean to remove those faint patterns and halos from your line-art image, you'll need to save the file as a BMP or a PNG to prevent such artifacts from appearing when you save the image.  Saving to JPG will cause such artifacts to appear in text or line-art images.
    Unfortunately, the OCN forum engine recompresses the image to JPG when you upload it, even if the image you uploaded is artifact free.  So you might not be able to make the avatar appear perfectly on OCN, even if properly cleaned up.
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Thanks for the input guys, would it do well for the image to clean it up in png or will uploading to OCN > JPEG be just as bad as jped to jpeg?

However yes, I dont do much with artwork since I tend to be a perfectionist so I dont dally much in this type of software lol

Spent a few hours cleaning up the pixelation just to have it back when I was finished doh.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/107873/ultimate-freeware-list/200_100

I was looking here for software to try out? I dont have cash for software sadly.
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Nah, OCN will keep it as a PNG, my avatar image used on this page is a PNG even after they resized it and renamed it:120x120px-LS-ea8c5070_2.png Just get in the habit of making sure your images are PNG and you won't have any issues. biggrin.gif
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Ok cool, either way, what program would be a good way to eliminate the pixelation?
    
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Just download the 30 day trial of Illustrator and draw it from scratch (kind of like tracing). You could use Photoshop but Illustrator is designed for that sort of stuff. smile.gif
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Photoshop...
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post #9 of 25
Try GIMP - http://www.gimp.org/

Does a pretty good job at being a free Photoshop substitute. Takes a bit to get used to though.
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Originally Posted by twerk View Post

Just download the 30 day trial of Illustrator and draw it from scratch (kind of like tracing). You could use Photoshop but Illustrator is designed for that sort of stuff. smile.gif
Sweet deal, I only need it for the avatar so a trial run is perfect for this scenario, hopefully its not complicated lol, will it allow me to clean up the current image? Im really rather horrible at drawing
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Photoshop...

is that free?


EDIT: ninja post lol

I did use GIMP for transperant signatures at my last job, worked out nice for that.
    
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