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|Category:||Portraits and People|
Creating passport photographs - Here's ePHOTOzine's guide to creating passport images.
|Make sure there's plenty of space around the subject.|
What the rules say:
| A guide to the sizes required for passport images.
|Glasses are a no, no if you can't see their eyes.|
|This may look nice but it wont be accepted for a passport.||If the photo isn't sharp you can't see who's in the picture.|
|Smiling isn't allowed on passport photographs.|
When you're happy with your photographs make sure they're printed by a professional as ones printed at home are usually not of a high enough quality and will be rejected.
From the bottom of the chin to the crown should be between 29mm-34mm
Leave some space between the subject and the frame
Eyes must be clear, open and have no red eye or reflections
The shot must be straight on and show the full face
The photograph must be sharp
The background must be plain and light grey or cream
Photo manipulation is not permitted
Get the prints done by a professional
|The set-up ePHOTOzine used to take the passport photographs.|
Taking the photo:
The picture was framed through the viewfinder so we had a tight crop of the head and shoulders and we took several images so we had a variety to choose from. They were taken at full resolution, although as the image size is only going to be small you can use a lower setting of around 640x480 pixels.
Editing the Photograph:
Once we decided on the chosen image we placed it into Photoshop to edit the size to meet the requirements of the Identity and Passport Service. This process is not manipulating the photograph, we didn't alter the light or any of the facial features just the size of the image.
1. Open the image in Photoshop.
2. Select the Rectangular Marquee tool and set the style to fixed size and the height to 34mm (the maximum height the head can be).
3. Create a new layer and draw out the shape in the centre of the photograph.
4. Mark out two guides. One at the top of the shape and one at the bottom then deselect your selection. Then change the Marquee tool to 45mm and draw out a second shape. Draw two more guides at the top and bottom of the Marquee shape then deselect it. Now you have guides which the head and face have to fit into.
5. Before you go any further duplicate the background layer so if you mess-up you have the original to return to.
6. Now, Scale the image so the head of the subject fits into the guides. To do this you go to Edit, Transform, Scale and hold shift while you move the image with the corner handles. Once your image is adjusted select the Move tool to apply changes.
7. Crop the image out of the background to remove excess space. You can set the width and height of the crop in the tool bar at the top of the screen. Set the width to 35mm and the height to 45mm (the maximum size for the photograph) and line the crop up with the guides. Select crop and check the size of the image. You can do this by selecting the Canvas Size option.
8. Once you're happy with the image print it twice so you have two identical images to send off. Remember the photos must be printed on high quality, medium/low gloss or matt photographic paper and they must have a backing that allows the countersignatory to sign the photograph in ink, without smearing. If you are at all worried get a professional to do it.
This guide was written with guidelines correct for 2009, but remember the details may change so always check with the Identity and Passport Service before submitting your photos.
Enjoy your holiday!