Recently I had the need for a passport photo and I tried using my tried and trusted formula with my digital camera. It worked fairly well, and then I found this site which details how one can create an accurate passport photograph from a digital image. This was awesome. I had not thought of resizing the image at all, duh. This works great, but I would make a minor modification to the steps in order to get awesome photos that meet the standards:
- After the step where you do a fixed size marquee, instead of just copying the image, crop it.
- Choose the lasso selection tool and click on the background.
- Select as much of the background as accurately as possible using the +- selection.
- Use a Feather value of 5 - 15 depending on how the picture is.
- Now, adjust the Levels such that the background fades to white.
- Continue to the step of creating a 4x6 template in the original tutorial.
This will yield a professional looking passport photo. Print the digital image on your own photo printer or at any convenient store photo printer for as little as $0.20 for a pair! It always pays to learn new tricks in Photoshop.
Of course, this assumes that you have Adobe Photoshop, and good scissors wielding skills.