A hackergotchi is a picture of a writer used as an avatar to identify the author of a given web feed in blog aggregators.
The term hackergotchi originated when the fashion of blog aggregators hit the hacker community, hence the “hacker” part.
Jakub Steiner, a GNOME artist, had created several whole body cutouts that originally appeared on the Art.GNOME.org website. A couple of years later, Jeff Waugh launched Planet GNOME, a blog aggregator of GNOME programmers and contributors. Luke Stroven suggested that Jeff use the images created by Steiner with posts by those writers. Stroven then created a bunch of images that depicted the heads of people on Planet GNOME. Waugh coined the term hackergotchi after seeing the collection of heads Stroven created.
The “gotchi” part seems to be a reference to the Tamagotchi toy.
Now lets get our hands dirty ( Muahahahahah ):
The basic concept is to delete everything in your picture except your face and before that you need to add a transparent layer at the back of your picture . This tutorial is focusing on GIMP but other softwares can also be use to do the same.
STEP 1 : Open GIMP
STEP 2 : Now go to FILE and OPEN your image from where it is
STEP 3 : Once you do that you will have your image like this :
STEP 4 : Select your Face using the rectangle selecting tool :
STEP 5 : Left click on the selected area , go to layers and then click on crop to selection.
Left click on area –> Layer —-> Crop to selection
STEP 6 : Now hit Ctrl + C to copy what is left.
STEP 7 : Delete the Layer now by
Left click —-> Layer —-> Delete Layer
STEP 8 : Create a new Layer :
Left click —> Layer —> New Layer
STEP 9 : Make sure the new layer you are create is set to Transparent
STEP 10 : Hit Ctrl + V
STEP 11 : Now right click to anchor it to the layer
STEP 12 : Fun begins you have to select and delete the background , to be precise delete everything except your face.
STEP 13 : Use the wand tool to select the same shade area and press Del button to delete the selected area , use Ctrl + Z to undo action .
STEP 14 : Use rectangle selection to delete big chunks.
STEP 15 : Use Lasso to select uneven
area and delete them.
STEP 16 : Voila ! you just created your Hackergotchi , Hit Ctrl + Shift +E and expot it in whichever format you want.
You want to add more steps? Do let me know , if you know a better way of doing it , guide me ! Till then peace out 🙂