Mar. 29th, 2012 07:32 pm
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I've been a tremendous slacker with LJ lately and that is gonna change!

First of all, I haven't changed my userpic in months and really miss putting my usual "what I'm reading" icon out there.  The shameful truth is that I now have a mac and have no idea how to create a userpic.  I used to use Irfan View to crop a picture ( I know I can do that in iPhoto.  At least, I think so, right?  Can I go find a book cover and save it into iPhoto?).  Then I would open it in MS Paint and put the text on.

Can anyone just tell me how to do it?  Thanks, dear f-list.

Date: 2012-03-30 02:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know how to do it, but I am glad to hear of your return to LJ!

/using the only icon I've ever made

Date: 2012-03-30 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's a nice icon. I don't think I've ever seen you use it!

Date: 2012-03-30 03:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, you can crop in iPhoto. Then - you wouldn't have AppleWorks because I don't know whether they make that anymore, but in whatever word processing/picture drawing type program you have I would think you can still add text.

If I capture pictures off the Internet (either by dragging them onto my desktop or by using Preview and doing a grab and saving it) it can then be imported into iPhoto.

Welcome to Mac!

Date: 2012-03-31 01:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, good God, it took me forever, but I finally did it! I want to love my mac, I really, really do, but I had hoped it would be intuitive and it just isn't, to me. All those years of using a PC have left me brain damaged, apparently. Anyway, thanks. There's a huge learning curve, but I'll get there.

Date: 2012-03-30 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You can do these things in iPhoto. You can either crop, or shrink/scale to 100 pixels. I usually use Gimp, which is like Photoshop but free, to add text. You could also try some of these.

Hmm, I will think about this some more and try to remember what I do!

Date: 2012-03-31 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I did it! I used Paintbrush, listed in your link. I cropped the photo in iPhoto and finally added the text in Paintbrush.

This is pretty funny--I added the text, and added it, and added it, etc. and couldn't understand why it disappeared in the text box each time I clicked off it. Duh, I had it in white font! *headdesk* Thanks for the recommendations, as far as programs. I'll work my way up to gimp, but I've tried using it before and it's WAY over my head. Baby steps.

Date: 2012-04-02 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ooh, I was thinking about gettin a Mac-how do you like it so far?

Date: 2012-04-05 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She says, and then you read the reply to Leslie's, and it's all "I WANT to love my mac really really I do." Uh-huh. Uh-huh. :-b

(I rarely use this icon outside of the Dragon Age fandom--Morrigan is my favorite character, and there's a cutscene where you can volunteer her to kill the big bad in your place and she does a sarcastic happy dance and I needed the icon so much that I just went and made it myself. Cropping and shrinking are apparently the extents of my icon-making skills.)

Date: 2012-04-05 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey, I'm deluding myself into thinking I already love it, and keep telling myself that this summer I'll learn to use iMovie and everything.

The sarcastic happy dance would be fun in an animated icon. If only one of us knew how to do that!


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