Step one. Open photoshop. Click file/new. Set in your image dimensions (64x64 for an avatar, signatures on the spec ops forum cannot be more than 50,000 pixels, but the size may vary on other forums so make it whatever size and shape you want fot now i will get to resizing later, I suggest making it rectangular with the width being 5 times bigger than the length.)
Step 2. Create your art. If you are not a good artist dont worry just click file/open and find an image you want to use. It opens the image in a seperate window within photoshop. You may now edit your picture if neccecary. After you have the image the way you want it click on the rectangular marquee tool. Its on the top left hand corner on the toolbar. And wrap it around your image then copy it into the canvas you are using for your avatar/sig. If it does not fit hot control-T hold the shift key and adjust the size by dragging on a corner.
Step 3. (if animated) Continue step 2 creating the number of frames you want save the as a gif.
Step 4. open unfreez and drag the gifs into the program in the order they will be played. Click create animated gif and save as the name you want. There you go you now have an animated sig or avatar.
Step 5. If you need to resize the images. Get ifranview it can be downloaded for free here. Open up each individual frame and click control r. Adjust the sizes as needed. Then use unfreez to make another animated gif.
Ok now maybe that theres a thread on how to make sigs and avatars people will stop asking for help making it.
EDIT: if you can't afford photoshop you can probably download a cracked version off of limewire. just know that it is illegal and you will probably have a slighlty older version. if that doesn't interest you there is a free photo editor called gimp find it at www.gimp.org
This post has been edited by Terran Ghost: 03 October 2007 - 08:23 AM