I admit to being totally technology challenged... have been using Harvey's instructions and working for hours trying to use one of my photos for my avatar. I uploaded some personal photos to photobucket and finally figured out that they are too large to use. So, I have re-sized them and now can get that to work. But, my picture becomes distorted. It is a vertical/rectangular picture but it seems like it is being "stretched" into a square which distorts it. I see lots of other avatars that are vertical and rectangular..... so can you tell me what I'm doing wrong please!!! I want my picture to stay rectangular...... not square. Also, please advise a "Newbie" where everyone is getting their clip art birthday pictures from for their birthday party avatars. I have so much to learn and am so grateful for the KindleBoards!!!!! Thanks for your patience and advice!!!