Avatars are the small pictures on the left below your name when you post. (see mine flashing away on the left)
You have a choice of a number of pre-determined pictures or you can upload your own.
To upload your own, the image must firstly be 90 pixels by 90 pixels or it won't work. You can resize using pixels in most picture editing programmes such as photo editor, photoshop etc.
To get flashing images, you will need a number of pictures and photshop cs with imageready.
Once you have your picture and it is the correct size, you need a website to upload it onto as a "host". Sites such as http://www.imageshack.us/
are good as anyone will be able to view it whether they are a member or not.
NB: Sites such as msn where you have to have a membership to view them are not so good as this can cause pop ups asking people to log in and not allow people to view your picture so avoid these where possible.
Once you have your picture uploaded on your site, you will have an http address to view your picture.
Simply go to profile at the top of this page, insert your password so you can change your profile and scroll down to personalised picture. (about halfway down) Under "I have my own pic" insert your http address, and save your changes.
Your picture will now appear on your profile
If you need help resizing an image, or would like a flashing image like mine, or indeed need somewhere to host your image, I am more than happy to help, just email me your picture, or the pages where your chosen pictures are and i'll do the rest.
LMN xx firstname.lastname@example.org