I've been given the task recently to convert a portrait image of my boss with the size 489w x 835h to a good profile image to be used for his LinkedIn profile (200px x 200px).

I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to make a picture standout after the image size is modified?

The image that was originally provided did not have a white background but I have requested an image to be provided that was taken further to allow more room in the picture if needed.

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    I think this is entirely dependent upon the photo. Some are simple enough to crop, others need scaling then cropping. Others just require an interesting crop.
    – Scott
    Dec 16, 2014 at 19:06

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Nice question. Actually, I have a couple of tips for cropping a portrait (human figure) in a square shape.

  1. the eyes' position must be in the top 1/3 of the square.
  2. that means you can crop off the top of the head.
  3. show the background from a part of the cropped image.
  4. try to avoid that the head appears too big.

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    +1 for the ruleset, I agree with them. I'm awaiting to see if we get much else in the way of answers but this is a sure winner. Dec 16, 2014 at 15:51

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