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Elf Yourself | Savvy Tech Tips

December 4th 2006

Elf Yourself

elfyourself1.jpgComputer Type: All • Difficulty Level: Novice

EDIT on 1/11/07: It looks as if Elf Yourself is done for the season. We’ll keep and eye on this one and see if it comes back for next year.

Want some holiday giggles? Try Elf Yourself, a free site sponsored by Office Max that allows you to stick a head from any photo onto a dancing elf. The elf dances to music for a couple of minutes and can even make a short greeting, if you have a microphone attached to your computer. The finished project is stored on the website, so you can email a link to show others your dancing creations. Perfect for loved ones, bosses, or other creatures you wish to gently poke fun of.

Putting up a photo is straightforward, but you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a photograph on your computer in JPEG format and less than 1MB (pretty large) of the person you want to make into an elf. Chances are fairly good that any photo from your digital camera will work fine. If you’re not sure about a photo, just try it and see if it works. You can’t break anything by trying to upload a photo to the site in the wrong format.

Click on “Start the Elfamorphosis” to get started. Accept the agreement, then upload a photo. Once you get the photo uploaded, you move it around and set it to get it just right. A lot of this tweaking is intuitive. Click and drag on the photo to get your head in the right place. Try to align the mouth on the guide with the mouth of the person in your photo. Move the Scale and Rotate sliders to change the size and angle of the face.

elfyourself2.jpgOne thing that is not apparent is that you can click and drag the little dots around the face to adjust the size of the cut out. Keep testing things until you get them the way you want them, then click on “Save Face”.

For even more fun, you have the option of recording your voice with your message. The website gives you a toll-free number to call, with an eight-digit code. You simply dial the number, enter your code, and record your voice. Very elegant and easy, and there is there is no sales pitch or wasted time. Done!

You can now view your dancing elf and email the address to others. Great fun, and it’s all free. Enjoy!

2 Comments »

  1. I tried the Elf Yourself and it doesn’t work.

    Comment by Pauline — January 7, 2007 @ 8:30 am

  2. Hi Pauline,

    You’re right. It looks like the Christmas elf is done for the season.

    Thanks for letting me know. I’ll update the main post!

    Mike

    Comment by Mike Smart — January 12, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

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