Meghan Hale wrote:
Well, I came back a month ago, so I'm not "just back".
Thank you for the help/tips! I changed my avatar to my closest head shot. Better?
Much better, but a portrait orientation shot (vertical long side) will show up bigger as an avatar. I looked through your posted images and none of them are better than the one you are now using. Maybe look through images you haven't posted. What you want for an avatar is:
1. Portrait orientation - shows up bigger.
2. Simple graphic - In other words, you, a 3/4 length body shot or closer so your face shows up well.
3. Simple background - a 'busy' background makes it hard to pick you out
4. Primary color - color attracts attention, so a bright red, green, yellow, or blue in a large portion of the image will attract attention. Black is NOT a color, neither is white, as far as attracting attention.