There are many answers to this question! We can help direct you to the places you can go to learn how to make avatars, but this isn't an in-depth tutorial.

First, FAQ #214: What are DeviantArt's policies regarding avatars? Understand this little piece of dA policy before you begin. There's no use spending time learning how to make your cool new avatar if it's only going to get you banned.

dA's faq offers little else on the subject:This is why we're providing this blog entry for you as a part of our FAQ.

A great place to start is choosing the right software for you. There are lots of different kinds of software. For the sake of keeping things simple, we recommend GIMP. allows you to download GIMP for free! This is one of the most trusted and commonly used free software downloads among iconists.

You can search dA for GIMP avatar tutorials written by other deviants here.

You may also want to find other tutorials for different programs. Here's a good place to search. You may find it helpful to search for keywords like "photoshop avatar tutorial" or something pertaining to the kind of software you use.

In addition, the FreeAvatarProject has a growing collection of avatar tutorials that you may find useful.

Remember, practice makes perfect! Have fun... :la:

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