How to Make Your Own M&M Avatar
By Grahame Turner
In the M&Ms commercials, large candies with arms and legs chat and joke around with people and celebrities. You can make your own version of one of these characters and use it as an online avatar or even a Facebook photo. There is an easy-to-use web application which lets you make your own M&Ms character easily, and after that it's simple to save it to your computer and upload it to wherever you plan to use your new M&M avatar.
Load the M&Ms application in your web browser. You can find a link to the application under the Resources section of this article.
Select a body shape from the options provided, then select a color using the color wheel at the bottom. Click the "arms sub-tab, then use the same steps to pick the arms you want on your character. Change the color of the hands and arms using the color wheels as earlier.
Click the "Legs" sub-tab and select the height of your character using the slider. Change the color of the legs if you would like to. There are no alternative styles for shoes in this menu.
Click the "Face" tab. Choose your hair from the options provided and set the color using the color wheel. Repeat this process with the eyes, mouth and facial hair, if you would like some. If you don't want facial hair, but have selected some, click the "Remove" icon on the list.
Open the "Accessories" tab and select any headwear, footwear or eyewear from the options on the sub-tabs. You can also give your character an "extra" on the appropriate subtab. For example, you could have a book or a paintbrush. Select an option you feel represents your character or you for your avatar.
Click the "Finalize" button when you are satisfied with the look of your avatar. This clears the screen of the picker window and allows you to get a clearer screen for your character. If you would like to name and save the character, you can do so now.
Take a screenshot of your character on the screen. Press the "Prt Scr" button on your keyboard, on a PC computer. Open MS Paint and paste the image into the program. Use the handles on the outside of the image to resize it. If you're using a Mac, press "Ctrl," "Shift" and "4," then click to set the top-left and bottom-right corners of the image. The image will appear on your desktop.
Grahame Turner has worked as a freelance writer since 2009 and a freelance reporter since 2010 for Wellesley Patch and Jamaica Plain Patch in Massachusetts. He also works part-time as a bookseller at the Northeastern University bookstore. He is a Northeastern University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English.