May 19th, 2021 by GSC Customer Care

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What’s not to love about cartoon versions of yourself?

Your social media posts aren’t limited to photos, videos, and text. If you’re looking to add more whimsy to your content, think about creating an avatar … or two … or a dozen! The process will bring out your inner artist and make you feel like a kid again.

What’s an Avatar?
An avatar is a drawn representation of a real-life person. It can be designed based on any number of themes, including specific shapes, aesthetics, or TV shows. For example, you can make a version of yourself that looks like a character from shows like The Powerpuff Girls, Family Guy, or South Park. There are applications to help you do all of this and more. Most avatar creation applications allow you to customize your avatar in great detail — down to eyebrow shape. You can usually choose from dozens of outfits, which can be changed based on the season or occasion. After you create your avatar, you can download it as a PNG or JPG file, which are common formats useable on most social media platforms.

A History of Personalization
Avatars started being used in early computer forums to personalize the actions of users, making their posts easily identifiable. In these cases, avatars weren’t part of the forums, but were created separately and uploaded. Later, some forums and other platforms, such as America Online, integrated an avatar feature with their chat functions. Avatars also became an integral feature of many video games. Bitmoji was one of the first avatar creation tools, originally developed by the Canadian company Bitstrips, which was founded in 2007. The company’s initial purpose was to create digital comic strips that featured customized avatars. When emojis started appearing, Bitstrips saw a way to take them to a new level, and Bitmoji was born in 2014. Two years later, Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., bought Bitstrips and started running only the Bitmoji component. However, you can use Bitmoji on platforms other than Snapchat.

Picture the Possibilities
When you have an avatar you’re happy with, you can deploy it across your online world. For example, rather than posting a photo of yourself, you can post an image of your avatar in a situation that reflects your real life in some way, such as having a harried day at work. Or you can create a situation you personally wouldn’t be in, such as skydiving. Avatars can also be used like emojis to express emotion. Depending on which creation program you use, there might be dozens of variations and messages associated with your avatar, ranging from “Hi” to “Happy Birthday” to “I Love You.” The designs are often colorful and amusing, with various choices to express the same message. These images are sometimes referred to as stickers. Some avatar programs enable you to include others in your stickers. For instance, you could have a sticker showing your avatar and your best friend’s avatar riding horses together.

Try These Avatar Creation Tools
There are many tools available to create avatars, so you may want to try a few of them just for the fun of it. Here are some of the most popular ones:

  • Avatars. A bit late to the avatar party, Facebook recently launched its tool, called Avatars. You can use versions of this avatar as stickers in comments and Messenger chats.
  • Bitmoji. Download the Bitmoji app to create a multi-purpose avatar that generates a collection of stickers you can use in text messages and across social media sites and apps.
  • Face Your Manga. Fans of Japanese comic books will enjoy this tool, which applies the manga style to your look.
  • Family Guy Yourself. Like other cartoon shows, Family Guy has its own visual style. Use this tool to transform your look to something similar.
  • Hexatar. This tool allows you to create a look-alike that’s based on geometric shapes. You end up with something that’s truly unique.
  • Memoji. This tool is Apple’s version of an avatar generator. If you use Apple products, such as an iPhone, you can create a cartoon headshot of yourself to use in text messages and more.
  • Powerpuff Yourself. Remember The Powerpuff Girls? It was a cartoon featuring three crime-fighting sisters with big eyes and heads. Use this tool to make one that looks like you!
  • Peanutize Me. Want to be part of the world of Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown? Use this tool to create an avatar that would fit right in with the Peanuts gang.
  • SP Studio. Fans of the TV show South Park will love this tool, which gives you the ability to make yourself look like a friend of Stan, Cartman, Kyle, and Kenny.

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