Guide to Hackergotchi!

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 website. A couple of years later, Jeff Waugh launched Planet GNOME[1], 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.[citation needed]

The “gotchi” part seems to be a reference to the Tamagotchi toy.

– Wikipedia

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
File–> Open
STEP 3 : Once you do that you will have your image like this :
STEP 4 : Select your Face using the rectangle selecting tool :

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selecting your face

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 5

step 5

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 8

STEP 10 : Hit Ctrl + V

step 10

step 10

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 .

wand selection

wand selection

STEP 14 : Use rectangle selection to delete big chunks.
STEP 15 : Use Lasso to select uneven

that's my HG!

that’s my HG!

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 🙂

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