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Fun Trend Alert: How to Make a Snazzy New Profile Picture

Step by step tutorial on how to make a cool profile picture from your phone.

We are almost done with 2012, it’s time for a new year and why not some new snazzy graphics, right? Right!

My new Instagram profile picture is silly and fun. It was a breeze to make. In less than 5 minutes you can have a snazzy new picture for 2013, too.

Ready? Good. Here we go….

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  • The first step is uploading the picture from your camera roll 1 of 14
    The first step is uploading the picture from your camera roll
    I chose the option to fill in the part of the image I wanted to keep.
  • After the crop I looked as if I had a terrible disease. 2 of 14
    After the crop I looked as if I had a terrible disease.
    It's just the default 'tangerine' filter.
  • The filter was quickly switched to portrait. 3 of 14
    The filter was quickly switched to portrait.
    You'll see in the next shot, I switched it to the cross-process filter. It's my favorite filter/setting on every app. :)
  • Next comes a custom background 4 of 14
    Next comes a custom background
    and sticker addition.
  • Stickers are color costomizable 5 of 14
    Stickers are color costomizable
    but the font was a bit meh.
  • I deleted the text part from the sticker 6 of 14
    I deleted the text part from the sticker
    and used a text option to add my own text where the default sticker text was.
  • This @Alli was much easier to see 7 of 14
    This @Alli was much easier to see
    but it is a bit busy for an avatar. Whoops!
  • Ok, no sticker and a more calm background 8 of 14
    Ok, no sticker and a more calm background
    but I need the @alli somewhere...
  • The @ needed to be small so it was made first 9 of 14
    The @ needed to be small so it was made first
    Then the name was made in a larger size and moved together.
  • I’m a fan of a smalller @, what can I say? 10 of 14
    I'm a fan of a smalller @, what can I say?
    Retromatic doesn't have a post editing crop tool so I opened it in my favorite photography Magyver app, Photogene2.
  • The floating body look is a no-no for avatars so a square crop was in order 11 of 14
    The floating body look is a no-no for avatars so a square crop was in order
    Just for kicks I made the border grey.
  • This app rocks for photographers thanks to all the options. 12 of 14
    This app rocks for photographers thanks to all the options.
    Easy saving and publishing from the app. Love it! (Protip- New Mobile Photographers learn about IPTC data on your mobile pics. I wrote about the importance of IPTC data in my iPhone Photography book, it's a discussion for another day!)
  • Extra tip: Always backup your pictures to a service 13 of 14
    Extra tip: Always backup your pictures to a service
    I love Flickr thanks to the unlimited uploads. Since 2009, I've uploaded 63K pictures. Yes, I have a photo hoarding problem. Heh.
  • Voila! New Avatar. 14 of 14
    Voila! New Avatar.
    Original shot by David Molnar, Edits by Retromatic, cropping by Photogene and goofy face from my parents. :)

Apps used-

Retromatic & Photogene2 (You don’t need Photogene2 for the above graphics, just the extras)

Original Photo (that I ruined to make this graphic. Sorry, David!) credit-

David Molnar Photography

My iPhone Photography Book for more tutorials-

iPhone Photography Guide

 

Now go grab your iPhone, open some apps and get creative.

If you make a graphic, be sure to let me know in the comments. I would love to see what you create. This app is so fun!

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