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Kilgore Trout
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Hello fellow Geeks

With my ill gotten geek gold gains I wouls like to design some microbadges to announce I have arrived and to irritate and amuse others. Can anyone give me some tips on how to design a microbadge? I'm keen to do it with free software rather than buy one of those photoshop programs.

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Microbadges are only 16x16 pixels. And they are static...

You could MS Paint.

What operating system are you using?
 
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I use XP. I've tried MS Paint but my efforts look worse than a Basquiet painting. Is there some way I could use a JPEG and reduce it?
 
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There's a favicon generator at http://www.chami.com/html-kit/services/favicon/ which can sort of be used as an image size reducing tool. It outputs, based on .jpg or other image format inputs, an icon file for use in web browsers. This won't work for a microbadge without some conversion, but in addition to the icon file, the generator provides a 16x16 pixel .png preview of the icon. You can submit .png's as microbadges. Its far from an elegant solution and pretty limited without further tools to refine the image. But, it does have decent image reduction, and that may be what you need.
 
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Akhnaten wrote:
I use XP. I've tried MS Paint but my efforts look worse than a Basquiet painting. Is there some way I could use a JPEG and reduce it?


MS Paint has a "resize" feature....

image - strech/skew
 
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Thanks for your suggestions - I'll give it a go. I'll be sure to contact you when my first designs are for sale. NB - they will be in poor taste.
 
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If you have MS PowerPoint you could do some design there, take a screen shot, and use MS Paint to reduce to 16x16 (or some photo editor..) and touch it up...
 
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