How To

What are icons/avatars?
Icons, also known as avatars, are simply images (usually no bigger than 100x100 pixels) that people use on things like forums/message boards, instant messenger programs, and blogging sites such as LiveJournal. You can use them to express your interests and personality, and they can also make you more distinguishable. They are fun to use!

How do I use them?
Since I do not allow direct linking from my site, you must first save them to your computer's hard drive. To do this hover your mouse cursor over the icon/avatar you wish to use and right click. From the menu select "Save Picture As..." (in IE - if you use another browser, there should be an option very similiar to this), and then find the folder you wish to put it in, rename it if you want and click "Save". Now you need to follow one of the following sets of instructions to use them in various different ways...

Forum/MB
Firstly, go to your avatar settings in your control panel at the forum/MB where you want to use the icon/avatar. If you can upload an image from your computer, do that. If you are not allowed to do this, you will need to upload the image to somewhere you can direct link it from. If you do not have a site that you can direct link from, I suggest using a service such as Photobucket. Upload the image either to your site that allows direct linking or a service such as Photobucket and then find the URL to the image. It will look something like http://www.domainname.com/avatar.jpg. Copy that, and then go back to your avatar settings at the forum/MB and paste it into the correct place to link to an external file. Save your settings and you should be sorted!

MSN Messenger (Latest version)
Open up MSN Messenger and login. Click on your name where it says something like Jane Doe (Online) at the top and select "Change My Display Picture". Click on the button that says "Browse..." on the right and find the icon on your computer. Click on the image name and click "Open". You should now see a preview of it and its name in the window on the left. Click on it and then click "OK", and you're done!

Yahoo! Messenger (Latest version)
Open up Yahoo! Messenger and login. Click on "Messenger" at the top and then "My Display Picture". Click in the radio button where it says "Share my picture" and then click on the "Select..." button. Click on the "Browse..." button on the right and find the icon on your computer. Click on the image name and click "Open". You should now see a preview of it in the window on the left. Click on it and then click "OK". Click "OK" again, and you're done!

LiveJournal
Go to LiveJournal and login. In the menu, hover over "Manage" and then click "Userpics". Underneath the header "Upload a New Picture", click the radio button which says "From File:" (usually selected by default) and then click on the "Browse..." button. Find the icon on your computer and click "Open". Enter in a keyword, and put Made by <lj user=randomprecision> in the comment box to give me credit. Then click the "Proceed" button and you're done!