Here are some quick tips on creating profile picture of Atmosphir. Many asked me to give tips on creating cool looking profile pics, and I hope this video will help those who might be asking the same questions now and in the future.
Here is a text version of the points mentioned in the video.
Tips and Tricks on Creating Great Profile Pictures
Content means what you actually want to show in your profile picture. You can take one of several approaches. You can either feature your avatar in your profile pic, or you can display a block-art. You can even showcase a scene! We will take a look at all of these in detail. Okay, so let’s get down to business. We will start with the character first.
So, if you decide to feature your avatar in your profile pic, here are some guidelines. If you are going to show you character, you need to make sure that your character is the central focus. This is because your profile picture are displayed in small sizes in most part of the Atmosphir website, and if you have too many things going on in your picture, it loses focus. Even in a relatively large size of a snapshot, it becomes hard to see the details of the snapshot when we try to include a lot of things. So, if you are going to showcase your character, only pay attention to your character. I recommend taking from the torso up, but you can do anything you like, as long as you keep the focus.
Another important part of profile pictures with an avatar is the avatar’s pose. Have your character do an action and pause the game while he/she is doing it. For example, I can have my character swipe his sword and pause the game. I can quickly unpause it and pause it again. I can keep doing this until it looks right. You can also play around with the animations. Just set an animation to a number key, and you can, then hit that number key to start the animation and pause the game. My advice is to play around with these, and you can be sure to find a good pose.
For a good profile picture, you want to take some time in think of what sort of background you want to feature. And the best way to do this is through the design mode. This is where you get complete freedom of creating your atmosphere. Play with the sky color. Or set props that you think makes sense. However, remember that you character should always be in focus. Do not make it so that your background is highlighted more than your character itself!
Now suppose you want to have a dark background. A dark scene is great for a background, but you don’t want your character to blend into the darkness. You want to have good lighting. A good lighting can really make your avatar shine…literally! Try placing a lamp and standing before it. This will highlight your character and bring attention to it. As you can see, you can have a dark background but your character can still be lit!
Block-arts provide you with great opportunities to go really creative with the designing of your profile picture. You can make anything you want. But be sure that it the size of your block art fits the snapshot and that we can recognize the art even when your profile picture is small. My second advice is to create something that is unique, and that will make your art stand out. If people remembers your block art after seeing it only few times, consider yourself very successful. Here are a couple of examples of profile pictures created of block arts.
Few moments ago, I was talking about backgrounds, and I said to focus on the character. However if you want to capture a scene in your profile picture, do the opposite. Forget the character and create a scene that looks great. Don’t just cram too many things. Remember, you would rather have a simple, yet with good quality than complex but ugly.
Okay. Now that we touched upon some tips of making good looking profile pictures, let’s recap.
1) Make a choice: Character, Block-Art, or Scene. And focus on that
2) Play around with your poses and lightings. If you are doing block-arts or a scene, ask yourself how your picture is unique
3) Best of all, your profile picture represents you in the Atmosphir community. Make it yours, and make it unique. And best of all, have fun!
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