What is the easiest way to make passport photos with adobe photoshop 6 ?

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by josh00, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. josh00

    josh00 Guest

    I have photoshop 6 and I would like to make a standard photo for my
    passport. It has to be 2" border with face width / height between 1"
    and 1 3/8".

    thanks
     
    josh00, Apr 16, 2005
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    JD Guest

    JD, Apr 16, 2005
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    Mister Max Guest

    - Which will tell you what the OP posted.

    Here's what I did for my son earlier this week:
    * Adjust the photo so it looks good - curves, sharpen, blur the
    background, etc
    * Select the Crop tool (C). At the top of the screen specify 2 inches
    wide and 2 inches high.
    * Crop so that the face height (not width) is a little more than half the
    total height, and the eyes are about 2/3 of the way up.
    * Save. You now have one passport photo, but you should have 4; 2 to get
    the passport and 2 to take with you in case you need a replacement, for
    visa, etc. The spares are free, so make them.
    * Enlarge the canvas to twice the height and twice the width so that you
    have room for 4 copies of the photo. Should be 4 inches square. Enlarge
    from one corner, not from the middle.
    * Use Ctrl-J three times to make 3 more copies of the picture, each on
    its own layer.
    * Drag the three new layers, one at a time, into position.
    * Ctrl-shift-E to flatten
    * Print

    - Max


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    Brian Guest

    Naturally, it goes without saying that you would have to resize/resample
    the image "before" you start following Max's crop procedure. ie. Resize
    the images so that the face is the specified height at a decent
    resolution and then crop around it to meet the overall specs for a
    passport photo.

    Brian.
     
    Brian, Apr 17, 2005
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    Mister Max Guest

    Brian, you don't have to (and shouldn't) resize/resample "before." The
    crop tool will resize and resample automatically once you define the
    dimensions.
    - Max


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    Brian Guest

    Really? I was not aware of that. So you can stipulate a resolution when
    you crop? Are you saying if I had a 6" x 4" photo (portrait) and I
    wanted a passport photo from it, I could draw the crop area where it
    needs to be (correct position/proportions) and then tell the crop tool
    to "reduce" that to 2" automatically?
    Where I was coming from was this: Say the image is 6" x 4" at 300dpi.
    Then cropping the image to 2" would leave the face too big for the
    image. So I was saying - resample the image so that the face is at the
    specified size (1" - 1.375") and then crop the whole image to the
    specified size (2").
    I am not a regular user of PS, so if that can be done with the crop tool
    (what I am interpreting from your response), then wow!

    Brian.
     
    Brian, Apr 18, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Hey Mister Max,

    that was useful information, thank you.

    Regards,
    Brian.
     
    Brian, Apr 18, 2005
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    Tom Nelson Guest

    I made a Photoshop template for this. A 2x2" transparent layer with a
    circle 1-1/8" in diameter and appropriate top height. Put your photo
    below that layer, free transform to fit. Hide the template, flatten,
    you're there!
    Tom Nelson
    Tom Nelson Photography
     
    Tom Nelson, Apr 18, 2005
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    Craig Flory Guest

    What no one seems to have written about is the actual photo. It must be a
    white
    background with 1:1 lighting. I assume you do have professional lights to do
    this?
    This seems like a lot of effort, for just an identification photo, that your
    are going
    through. I hope your snapshot fits the photo requirements before you work on
    getting the size correct.

    Craig Flory
     
    Craig Flory, Apr 18, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Good thinking Tom. Interestingly, our passport photos in Australia are a
    different specification to yours, ours are rectangular, not square.

    Brian.
     
    Brian, Apr 18, 2005
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    Hunt Guest

    You have gotten a lot of good info on using PS. One question that I have is,
    can you now submit "digital" images for US Passports? Last time I got mine
    renewed, they would NOT allow digital images, only Polaroids, or other silver
    -photo images. The US Gov would NOT use the digital images that I had printed
    on Kodak paper, and even had the diagonal Kodak logo on the back. They wanted
    Polaroids specifically.

    Now, that was ~ eight years ago, and I would like to know, as I need to renew,
    again, next year.

    Hunt
     
    Hunt, Apr 19, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Yes Hunt,

    the current specification clearly 'states' that digital images are
    acceptable, however they are not meant to be digitally retouched or
    enhanced in any way.

    Regards,
    Brian.
     
    Brian, Apr 19, 2005
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