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Avatars serve the primary purpose of being a graphical representation of a user. With respect to Etsy, avatars will become the core of identifying your shop throughout the forums, labs, groups and teams, as well as your shop. Your avatar is a small image size at 75×75 pixels.

Top 5 Avatar Tips

There is practically no meat to the bones of what avatars are. However, on Etsy when you are identifying a core brand and finding yourself competing against thousands of other sellers, your avatar tends to serve a greater importance than just a animated image of a character. I outlined five basic, yet important tips to your avatar on Etsy.

1. Communicate Brand

This can be accomplished by either using your avatar to feature your core product offerings or a theme that fits your overall shop brand.

2. Choose Your Image Wisely

Be sure to choose your image wisely since the image is small. You want to gain the best clarity and representation possible for your shop.

3. Avoid Text

Other than the fact that text would be to small to read on an avatar, some people tend to only incorporate four letters across an avatar if necessary to advertise “Sale.” This would not be a permanent option you want to incorporate with your avatar. There is no need to place your shop name on the image either since a link to your shop and the name of it is always seen side by side with your avatar throughout Etsy.

4. Coordinate With Banner

Coordinating your avatar with your banner is centered around bringing visual cohesion throughout your shop, while communicating your brand more clearly.

5. Use a Picture of Yourself

This is a viable option in many respects. Using an image of yourself can bring the appeal of the “artist” reaching out and make the viewer feel like they are gaining a personal appeal when browsing your shop. However, using a picture of yourself has a main drawback of neglecting to market off of an opportunity to promote your product within Etsy’s community place. Your avatar can be found with every post you make within the forums, themes, and blog providing ample opportunity to show off your products to other Etsians.

How to Upload an Etsy Avatar

You finally got your avatar figured out and now you have to upload it. Follow these easy steps to show your newest creation to the world.

-> Go to Your Account

-> Public Profile

-> Click the Browse Button to locate file

-> Click Save Button at bottom of page

Free Online Photo Editors

Here is a list of four easy to access online photo editors to make your own avatar.

–  Picasa

–  PicMonkey

–  Aviary

–  Gimp


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