Passport Size Photos

Discussion in 'Photoshop' started by David Francis, Jun 24, 2003.

  1. Hi All

    I have tried to make passport sized photographs using PS7 but the results
    are not that great.

    What I have done is taken a head and shoulder photo, imported the image to
    PS7, opened image size to 35mm x 45mm, but the result is that the head is a
    bit elongated.

    Is there a plug-in or tutorial that I can use to get better results.

    Any info would be appreciated.

    David Francis, Jun 24, 2003
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  2. David Francis

    Craig Flory Guest

    Hi David;

    I made thousands of passport photos over the years both as
    an air force photographer as well as my career as a professional. There are
    more requirements than just size so you should check what all the specs are.
    As to your question, take your white background photo ( a requirement ) with
    the subject square to the lens and looking directly at the lens ( another
    requirement ) and just use the crop tool in version 7.0 . Set the size to
    2"x2" as required . Click ok and you have it . Before you try this , contact
    the nearest government office for passports for the most current specs on
    passports. Keep in mind too why most passports are now done with poloroid
    film and why most pro photogs. no longer do them ...cost. Since you are in
    the uk, your requirements may be a bit different than here across "the
    pond". Once you have the specs, then try cropping the image. If they have a
    size requirement for top of head to bottom of chin you will have to make
    sure you allow for that. If there is a spec for that , make your image a bit
    bigger and trim them down so the head size is correct can trim the
    photos for the overall size easily. Keep in mind visas as well. I'd use the
    picture package in Photoshop for 8 up wallets and trim those down . Good
    luck ;
    Craig Flory
    Craig Flory, Jun 24, 2003
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  3. David Francis

    Bob Hatch Guest

    AFAIK there are 2 things that need to be correctly sized/measured for a
    passport photo.

    The head size and the picture size.

    Here's how to do it:
    Head Size. Know what the head size needs to be. Open the image in PS. Make
    sure that background color is set to white. Pull down 2 guides so that they
    are at the correct measurement. For example if you need a head size of 1
    inch (I'm one of those dumb Americans that doesn't use metric) place one
    guide on the 1 inch mark, the second one on the 2 inch mark.

    Next do a select all, Edit/Transform/Scale. Grab a corner of your image with
    the mouse, hold down the Shift key and resize the image so that the head of
    the subject will fit between the guides. By holding down the shift key you
    will not distort the image. You can move the image over the background so
    that you can position the head where needed to do the measurement.

    Image Size:
    Select the Rectangular Marquee tool. Set the style to Fixed Size. Fill in
    the size you need in the Width and Height boxes. Click on the image and move
    the Marquee box to where you want it. Do Image/Crop.
    Bob Hatch, Jun 24, 2003
  4. Strangely enough, I attacked this problem only yesterday. I did it
    this way. If anyone knows a better, please share it!

    This is for British passports, which require prints 35x45mm, white

    Taking the picture, against a suitable background, was the easy bit.

    Now I needed to crop to the correct proportions.
    Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I selected Style: Fixed Aspect
    Ratio, Width 35, Height 45. I dragged this over the picture until it
    was suitably framed. Then Image: Crop gave me a picture with the
    right proportions.

    Then I used Automate: Picture Package. There was no suitable preset,
    so I constructed one. They are kept in the Photoshop program folder,
    /Presets/Layouts. I made a text file, passport.txt, containing:

    c 21.1 28.7
    2 1 3.5 4.5
    6.1 1 3.5 4.5
    11 1 3.5 4.5
    15.5 1 3.5 4.5
    2 6.5 3.5 4.5
    6.5 6.5 3.5 4.5
    11 6.5 3.5 4.5
    15.5 6.5 3.5 4.5
    2 12 3.5 4.5
    6.5 12 3.5 4.5
    11 12 3.5 4.5
    15.5 12 3.5 4.5
    2 17.5 3.5 4.5
    6.5 17.5 3.5 4.5
    11 17.5 3.5 4.5
    15.5 17.5 3.5 4.5
    2 23 3.5 4.5
    6.5 23 3.5 4.5
    11 23 3.5 4.5
    15.5 23 3.5 4.5

    This produces 5 rows of 4 pictures, 35x45mm, on a sheet of A4 paper.
    Laurence Payne, Jun 24, 2003
  5. David Francis

    Knowle Photographic

    Mar 27, 2017
    Likes Received:
    Please convert your passport size photo into the smart object and then edit in PS7 by using dimension 35mm x 45mm.
    Knowle Photographic, Mar 27, 2017
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