Avatar Central

Avatar CentralWelcome to Avatar Central!

A lot of people come to WordPlay looking for assistance with avatars, so I thought it would be helpful to aggregate all our avatar tips, and free photos, clip art and image modification tools, all in one place.

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clip_art_picnic_time Picnik lets you create professional quality clip art!
There’s no software to download and it’s easy to use. Just follow the easy instructions and you’ll be creating your own cool clip art in no time.

Read our Picnik review or go to Picnik

Image Chef Image Chef personalized image generator

The free Image Chef online application kicks photos up a notch by allowing you to personalize them.

Read our Image Chef review or go to Image Chef

Icon Hall of Fame Gain readers with your blog’s avatar

The WordPlay icon Hall of Fame gives examples of good icons, as well as explanations of why each attracted me to click on it.

Read more about what makes a compelling avatar

Stock.Xchng sample Free photography

Stock.Xchng is searchable, easy to use and the selection of free photos is great.

Read our Stock.Xchng review or go to Stock.Xchng

Graphics Factory Free clip art

This collection of links to free clip art takes you right to the good stuff.

View our clip art collection

BeFunky sample BeFunky image modification
It’s easy to create stunning images with the free BeFunky online application.

Read our BeFunky review or go to BeFunky

GIFWorks sample GIFWorks image modification

The free GIFWorks online allows you to create avatar images and have a blast while you do it.

Read our GIFWorks review or go to GIFWorks

badge2_reduced Deputize yourself and give yourself the seal of approval

Try these two free applications that allow you to make official-looking badges and seals to dress up your blog and intimidate your friends.

Read our review of Official Seal Generator and Official Badge Generator

collage Picasa image organization and modification

Now that you have all these great free images, the free Picasa software will let you organize them and take them to the next level with their image modification tools.

Read our Picasa review or download Picasa

Have we missed a valuable avatar resource you’d like to see added? Please leave a comment about it. Also, please let us know if you have any tips you’d like to pass on for using the resources on this page.