Gravatar contrast comparisons


,Grannymar 4 versions

Grannymar 4 versions

In response to the previous post, Grannymar invited me to play with her Gravatar.  In my opinion, the picture is fine. Perhaps the contrast could be improved, though.

Until one thinks about it,  one can easily overlook how much of an impression is formed and maintained based purely on the avatar of a blogger.  That makes it, actually,  a most important aspect of a blog.  To illustrate this, it is interesting to note the subtle differences in perception which come across in just four variations of the one shown.

No 1 is the existing Gravatar.  Number 2 is an Autocorrect version with the background removed. Number 3 is just the Autocorrect version. Number 4 has the contrast stepped up even more.

To me, Number 3 is ideal.  The detail comes out more, but not overwhelmingly, while keeping that background gives an instantly-recognisable feature in the diagonal stripe, which will stand out distinctively even in the smallest formats.

Do you agree?  Much Better Half tends to fancy the bold effect of Number 4.

Colonialist March 2014 (WordPress)
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37 Responses to Gravatar contrast comparisons

  1. Barb says:

    I think the gravatars are fun. I have a friend who changes her every year. I like your new one.

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    • colonialist says:

      I prefer it when people find their ideal identity and stick to it. The only thing I have done to mine over the years was to improve my smile and take out the background.

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  2. I think no. 2 with a solid background in a colour like blue 😉 but what do I know, I’m only an alpaca #hmm

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  3. I see her face best in number 2.

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  4. Ruth2Day says:

    number 2, but with a solid colour background as opposed to stripes

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  5. Fascinating… I go for the gutsiness of 4 !!! – and the stripes !!

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  6. disperser says:

    In general I am not a fan of having one’s face on the gravatar. People immediately assume stuff about other people based on their looks.

    However, if one insists, I would go with a simple background, and have a photo signifying something more than “hey, this is what I look like”. If one’s passion is flowers, for example, show the person smelling a flower, and so on.

    As for the ones above, I don’t see distinct advantages between them, but if forced to choose, I would go with #1 because it is less harsh.

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    • colonialist says:

      That was the one originally chosen by the blogger, who has now decided to become a lot bolder – but in a different picture.

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      • disperser says:

        I know it was the original. The problem with modifying the gravatar is that it should be done with the larger photo (sharpness, contrast, white balance, saturation, etc.) and then reduced to the desired size.

        Editing the small photo is not, in my opinion, going to result in an improvement. The original could use a bit of sharpening, and maybe blurring the background a bit, but the other treatments don’t accomplish that, and to my eyes are not an improvement.

        But, people choose their own gravatars . . . if she wants bolder, bolder it is.

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        • colonialist says:

          I will accept that it could have been done a lot more professionally and with better result.
          However, it is not only my opinion that the result, after such simple treatment, is a marked improvement.

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          • disperser says:

            Not looking to change anyone’s mind; just expressing my opinion, and it’s more from someone into photography than someone evaluating gravatars to fulfil a particular function.

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  7. nrhatch says:

    You’ve got a new business/hobby now, Col! Way to fill your time after finishing your last book.

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  8. Grannymar says:

    I went to play with my Gravatar and chose a new photo altogether. I did think the old one looked faded, but thought it might be my ageing eyes. I like the way you explained what you did. The original photo was taken by a Geek that I have known for about five years, He met me for coffee one day, but bought me lunch and asked if he could take my photo the diagonal on the wall behind me was his choice.

    The photo above is older – a selfie from Oct 2009, seven weeks after my hip replacement!

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  9. I also like # 3. Grannymar is lovely. 🙂

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  10. misswhiplash says:

    No.3 what about mine..can you make me beautiful

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  11. Arkenaten says:

    I imagine a lot will depend on how 20/20 one’s eyesight is. For me, like you 3 is the one. I figured what the post was about before I read it or scrolled down and picked 3 even before reading. Sorry to your MBH.

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    • colonialist says:

      It was gratifying to see how well the comparison of pictures illustrated (haha) the point. I was quite surprised myself to see how much difference a simple thing like contrast can make. Your eye, like mine, has been trained by looking at any number of avatars over the years.

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