You will need
  • Adobe Photoshop.
Open Adobe Photoshop and create a new document. Immediately set the desired width to 200px and height 500px. Resolution install more, but bit depth color mode is not so important, you can leave it at the default 8 bit.
Start with the background. You can simply fill it with color using the Fill tool on the left panel, or by applying "Gradient". In this case, as the main background was used picture. So it is not distorted when entering, hold down Ctrl and drag over an area, increasing or decreasing the image to the desired size.
Paste the photo that best captures your spirit or whatever it is that you want to appear before the visitors of your page. This avatar will judge you in the first place. If the photo you do not want to put something on the background you can write your nickname. In this case, you should play with the text – use additional fonts, change transparency, and the degree of fill, the properties of the layer itself. In this case, was used the effects of shadows and inner glow, and in the application layer of the selected shade.
Add artistic effects using brushes. You can use the standard or to find kits on specialized sites. Before using the brush create a new layer by pressing Shift+Ctrl+N.
Create another layer, to add a frame. Then select the instrument "Rectangular selection" and his help will not select the whole picture, and stepping back from the edges a couple of millimeters. Press Shift+Ctrl+I, the selection is inverted. Fill it with white, and a mapping method set the "Soft light".
If you want to get a good picture, work in a professional graphics editor. If you do not know how to use it, open the photo or picture into Paint and cut around so that the image fits into the desired frame. The inconvenience of the built-in editor that accurately set the required size you will not succeed.