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The Complete Guide to Creating Custom Avatars in 2023

Lisa Tatum
May 8, 2023

With the rise of video conferencing and content creation, more and more people are looking for ways to make their online presence stand out. One of the most popular methods amongst today's digital-savvy entrepreneurs is avatar customization. Not only does it help boost engagement with viewers, but it can also make a statement or creatively share your brand! 

In this complete guide to creating custom avatars in 2023, you'll learn how to create professional quality avatars that will set you apart from the crowd. Get ready to discover tips, from which type of software is best suited for crafting perfect-looking characters to ideas on what makes an effective avatar design - plus plenty more. So let's get started right away!

What Is A Custom Avatar?

A custom avatar is a digital representation of a person or character designed and customized to fit a particular purpose or context. These avatars can range from realistic representations of real-life individuals to cartoon or anime-style characters that are more stylized and exaggerated. Custom avatars can be used in various settings, including video games, social media platforms, and marketing materials. They allow users to express themselves and their identities in the digital world in a unique and personalized way. Custom avatars can be created using various software and tools, including 3D modeling programs and online avatar generators.

Some Examples Of Custom Real Human Avatars

AI-generated lifelike human avatars – Using artificial intelligence, it is now possible to generate realistic human avatars that can be used in videos and other digital media.

Turn Yourself into a Realistic AI Avatar – With the help of specialized tools, you can create an avatar based on your own image and voice recordings to create a character that looks and sounds like you.

Using custom and lifelike human avatars can help you deliver your message more engagingly and reach a wider audience. With the right tools and techniques, you can make your avatar look and sound just like you—allowing you to connect with viewers personally.

How to Turn Yourself into a Realistic AI Avatar with HeyGen?

HeyGen is a specialized tool that can help you create a realistic AI avatar based on your own image and voice recordings. Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Review Recording Requirements

The first step to creating your custom avatar is carefully reviewing the recording requirements. You can find the detailed instructions on the HeyGen website. Once you have read and understood the requirements, you can proceed with filming your footage using a phone, computer camera, or webcam (new feature).

Step 2: Upload Footage

After you have recorded your footage, you can upload it to HeyGen in two ways. The first option is to go to HeyGen's website and click on the "Get your own Avatar Lite'' button. This will take you to a page where you can record your footage using your webcam.

The second option is to upload your original footage and the consent statement to a cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive. You can then email the link to HeyGen's team at custom-avatar@heygen.com. Please note that the consent statement is necessary to confirm that you can use the image to create the avatar.

Step 3: Review and Feedback

After HeyGen's team has received your footage, they will review it and provide feedback within 1-2 business days. If the footage does not meet the expected requirements, they will provide suggestions for re-shooting. If the footage is suitable, they will proceed to the next step.

Step 4: Creation and Delivery

The creation process of Avatar Lite usually takes 5-7 working days. Once it is complete, HeyGen's team will email you and add the custom Avatar Lite to your HeyGen account. You can use your custom Avatar Lite in as many videos as you like with a HeyGen subscription plan.

Creating a realistic AI avatar using HeyGen is an easy process that can be completed in just a few steps. By following the instructions carefully and providing suitable footage, you can have your custom avatar to use in your professional videos. With HeyGen's advanced technology and algorithms, you can be sure that your avatar will be as realistic and lifelike as possible.

Expressing Your Personality Through A Custom Avatar: 3 Proven Tips

1. Select an Appropriate Voice - You want to choose a voice for your avatar that represents your brand and resonates with viewers.

2. Utilize 4K (or 1080p) Resolution Quality - To achieve the highest quality video, you should use a resolution of at least 4K or 1080p when creating your avatar.

3. Ensure a Good Light and Quiet Environment - To ensure your avatar looks the best, ensure the light is good, and the environment is quiet when recording speech.

Following these tips, you can create an engaging, custom real human avatar to capture viewers' attention and effectively communicate your message. You can ensure your avatar is as realistic and compelling as possible with an appropriate animation style, voice, and images—along with the correct resolution quality and light/sound environment.

Furthermore, to ensure your avatar looks natural, you should avoid sudden head motions、directional gestures, and unnatural body movements. Additionally, you should ensure that your eyes/face are always fully visible to the camera and record at least one 2-minute (or 4-minute) long uninterrupted speech.


In conclusion, custom avatars are an excellent way for people to express themselves online and interact more effectively with others. Whether you want to make friends in a virtual world or want your custom avatar to represent your brand, plenty of options are available. With the right tools and techniques, anyone can create a custom avatar expressing who they are. And with HeyGen, you can turn yourself into a realistic AI avatar that will leave a lasting impression on your audience.