Jacek's Guide to DRRR-Styled custom Gravatars.
What you will need:
Photoshop or GIMP or SAI
The files from the link above.
A tiny bit of creativity.
Once you've downloaded the files provided, open up the ZIP and open the EVERYTHING file in your program of choice. In my case, Photoshop.
Once opened you will find yourself greeted with a familiar face and wherever your Layers are, you will find a very long list of folders.
All of the folder names are self explanatory and yes, everything can be mixed and matched. You may have bad results depending on the selection of items, but for the most part, everything works well together. Each folder contains a large amount of items, so open one at a time. It's so much easier that way.
In order to change the color, do this:
Scroll to the bottom and find the "Back" layer.
Pick a color through the Color Picker
Use a fill function or the bucket tool to cover the "Back" layer.
Toggle the visibility or color the "BodyOutline Copy" layer to fit the background.
- Toggling visibility can be done by clicking the "eye" icon on PS and probably GIMP.
Once you are done, save the PSD file and export a PNG or JPEG version for uploading.
Also provided in the folder is the SpecialAvatars PSD. This file contains pre-made DRRR-styled avatars that resemble existing anime characters. You can also edit them the same way you edit the other file.
If I have forgotten anything/anything needs further expanding, let me know and I'll edit this post.
Credits for all of these files and designs go to their original creator on the old site.