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Photoshop for Entrepreneurs : Improve Your Profile Picture with Beauty Retouching

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    • 1.

      Photoshop for Entrepreneurs : Improve Your Profile Picture with Beauty Retouching


    • 2.

      Remove the Background from Your Image


    • 3.

      Color Correct Your Photo with Adjustments


    • 4.

      Use Beauty Retouching and Airbrushing for Smoother Skin


    • 5.

      Resize and Save Your Profile Picture


    • 6.

      Use Photoshop to Create a Stunning Profile Picture


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Photoshop for Entrepreneurs : Improve Your Profile Picture with Beauty Retouching

Learn how to use beauty retouching techniques, adjustments, layers, and masks to make your profile picture the best it can be!

Profile pictures are the very first impression people get from you before they ever have a chance to hear or read what you have to say. Your profile picture is the first thing shown in posts and a big part of your personal brand both on the web and with social media. Having a good looking profile picture is the first step to building trust with your audience.

I'll show you how to easily retouch your photos so that you can make a great first impression. You will learn how to remove backgrounds, use adjustment layers, masks, and airbrushing techniques to make your image pop from the rest. Here is a sample of the before and after photo that we will be retouching in this class:

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Jeremy Deighan

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My name is Jeremy Deighan and I am thrilled to be an online instructor, helping others achieve their own personal goals. I have had quite the range of skills and hobbies through my lifetime. I really enjoy teaching and hope to provide information to others on anything and everything I know how to do! Please take a moment to check out my courses, and if you take any please leave a review and any feedback you have!

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I have an extensive background in different forms of art and design. I have an associates degree in Computer Animation and I've worked with various production houses to create awesome content. Adobe Photoshop has been a staple of my arsenal since I was 16 and use it faithfully to this day.

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1. Photoshop for Entrepreneurs : Improve Your Profile Picture with Beauty Retouching: Hey, everybody. My name is Jeremy Deegan, and welcome to this course Today we're going to learn how to retouch a profile picture inside a photo shop. Now the profile picture is a little square picture that you see on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest linked in and even Google and YouTube. So it's very important that we get this picture looking the best that we can get it because it's the first impression that people see when they come to your Social Media Network or when you're commenting on other people's pages. We wanted to look high quality. We wanted to look fresh and smooth, and we just want to get out any imperfections that we can. We also want the colors to pop and stand out, so that if our picture is with a lot of other people, maybe people will notice us first and really build that trust and give that great first impression that we're looking for now. In this course, we're gonna learn a couple different Photoshopped techniques. The first technique will be removing backgrounds, so maybe you took your picture against a background that you don't care for and you'd like to take that background out. Then we'll learn how to use adjustment layers in color, correcting techniques to change the image so that it looks better. The colors look better and it really stands out and pops. After that, we'll learn airbrushing techniques so that we can really make the skin look smoother. Get rid of any imperfections or wrinkles and maybe get rid of some pics. Elation. If that's going on, then finally will resize that photo so that you can use it on your own social media platform. Now I will provide a photo of me that you can use and follow along with that I use in this course. But I do recommend that you use your own photo and see what you can come up with. Photo shop has a bunch of different types of adjustment layers and effects that you can apply. And though we don't go through all of these in this course, I would like for you to try to experiment with some of them and see what they do and see what you can come up with. Then, at the end, I'll ask you to submit your photo to the project section so that we can check it out and see what it's like. So if you're ready to get started, let's go ahead and dive right in. 2. Remove the Background from Your Image: before we begin working, the first thing that we want to do is open up a photo. Now, this could be a photo you took of yourself. Or you can follow along with the image that I've provided in The Resource is section. So go ahead and click open. It's like Jeremy Deegan original. If you're following along and click open, you know, open that image of an Photoshopped. Now. The first thing that I want to do here is to get rid of the background. If you took your photo in front of a background that you like, that's great. You're already one step ahead. But in this instance, I don't like this background, and I want it to be all white. So the first thing that I need to do is remove the background. There's a couple different tools that we can use to do that. If I go to the fourth option down and I left, click and hold, you can see we had the quick selection tool and the magic wand tool. I'm going to do the quick selection tool, and this basically works like tracing. It's gonna find differences and values and try to trace out what it thinks it wants me to select. And this works really great and is really easy for beginners. So I'm going to just left click right here at a difference between my shirt in the background and I'm gonna hold down and drag around my shirt. And as I do, it's going to start guessing what it wants to draw. Now it miss my arm at the bottom. So I'm going to go down here and trace around my arm, and it's gonna pick that up also. Now I can let go, and I can go up here by my collar and I'm going to click and start tracing around my face and they'll pick that up also. So this tool works really good. Now I'm going to hit control de to de select everything and show you the next tool, which is the magic wand tool. The Magic Quanta was also gonna find differences, but instead of tracing, I'm just going to click one time, and it's gonna find differences and values such as light and dark. There's a tolerance setting at the top, and based on what I set, this is going to find the similar values toe one another, so let me show you how that works. I'm gonna set this number 25 and click in my neck area, and you can see it selected just a small portion of colors that are related to one another . Now, if I change at 2 50 it's going to select more colors around the area that are closely related. If I want to add to that selection, I can hold down the shift key and you'll see a plus icon added to the magic wand. If I left click, it will actually add to that selection, and I can hold down, shift and keep clicking and filling in these areas. The great thing about the magic wand is I can always change the tolerance. So if I want to do fine details such as the hair, I could set it to a lower number. Say, 10 or 20. I can zoom in by hitting control Plus, and I can go ahead and hit, shift and select some of these hair particles. Now, this is going to be dependent on how well you want this toe. Look, of course, if you don't have crazy hair like I do. This might be a little easier, but basically, I could spend a long time going in here and selecting these things and making this look really good before the sake of this course. I'm just going to not worry about that now so I can show you the rest of taking out the background. Now, if you want to get rid of his selection, you can hold down the awlaki and it'll turn into a minus sign. And then when I click, it'll actually de select. So I'm gonna hit, controlled the to de select everything. I'm going to select the quick selection tool and go ahead, select me again. Who, Me? Undo that and start over. Come on. Okay. Grab my arm here, and I've got that piece down there. I'm gonna go hang around my face, all right? That looks really good. And I'm going to grab the magic wand and see if I can't select maybe a couple of these pieces. So I'm going to zoom in by hitting control. Plus just some of these bigger hairpieces. I'm gonna hold shift. It's like these. It grabs some of that white background, but that's okay. We can always tune that up a little bit later. Sure, it's got all this. Is peace down here? Just some of these bigger pieces. Just so it looks halfway decent for this tutorial. I don't see a grab the white background there. I don't want that. I'm gonna hit control Z to undo. And when we do this one Okay, I think that's good enough for now. You'll get the idea here in a minute and let me de select this little great box down at the bottom. I don't want that in my arm. So I hit all and just dislike that little great area at the bottom there. So now I just got me select. Okay, now that we have our selection made, we want to get read of the background, and we're gonna use a layer mask to do that. So, with the layer selected, I'm just going to click on the add layer mass button at the bottom. And as I do that, the background instantly goes away and we could stop right here if we wanted to. I mean, this this already looks really good. It looks like there's a little bit of bottom that got cut off, so I would want a crop that later on. And we're gonna cut this whole photo anyways. But those things you just want to be aware of, I can see the transparent background going on right there at the very bottom. Now, if I wanted to refine this a little more, I can right click on the layer mask itself, which is the black and white image, and go to refine mask. And then it's going to show me some options that will let me toe actually refined this a little bit and try to get it looking a little smoother. Now if I have the marching ants, that's our selection. If I change the view here, I could do an overlay I can do on black on white. So even with the on white, this already looks pretty good. Now you can see there's some of that gray in my hair, and we would want to try to clean that up, either by using the selection tools or some mass tools with a mass. Basically, you have values. Wherever there's black, there's no information. And wherever there's white, there is information. So here, if you look on the layers panel, you can see where there's white is the picture of meat. That means that I could actually grab a brush, make it a white color brush and start painting, and can bring that information back in, or I can make it black and erase that information so I might actually go in there and erase out some of that gray in the background by hand. And again, it depends on how detailed you want this to look and how good you want to look. But for this tutorial, I just want to kind of show you the basics. So I'm going to change it to on Black. And we have some adjust edge options here that we can change, weaken, do shift edge, which is actually going to shift in the edge of our selection. So as I do that, you can see some of that stuff going away, and then we can actually add more edge. If we wanted more there so I might bring that down a little bit. We can make a higher contrast, and in doing so, not making a whole lot of difference on this particular one we can do feather, which is actually gonna kind of eat away at the image and smooth if we wanted to kind of rounded out the selection a little bit and make it a little more smoother. So I really don't want a lot of feather and smoothing going on because I want the hair to be kind of detailed. Um, I would add a little contrast and maybe shift the edge some and you could play around with the settings that tried to get how you want him to look. Now, I also have this little plus sign if I hover over the image that will try to fix some of these areas that aren't too good. So I'm just gonna color right here and you can see that that piece went away. So I'm going to do that in the hair where I'm just going to click and hold and draw around , and it's going to try to guess and make the areas go away. That shouldn't be there. And that seems to work pretty good, even though we get some bad hair particles flying around. Get rid this white stuff on the top of the head here. All right, so that cleaned it up pretty well. Let's see how that looks on a white background. Oh, really? Ate away because of some of the settings that I have here. So maybe I need to change my shift edge back up a little higher, and you see it come back in and the contrast, um, I can move that around to kind of see what the contrast is doing. So if it's low, you can kind of see the hair a little more. As I move it up, it's gonna eat away at it a little bit. Uh, maybe a little bit of feathering. That's kind of a rough edge right there. I don't want too much feather because it's softening that edge, so I'm just gonna leave it here for now. I think this looks pretty good. Get rid of this right here. Okay, I'm gonna hit. Okay. All right. Now we have a transparent background with our image so I can add a new layer, and I can put whatever I want. Actually, I need to move this down below, because the the background needs to be behind our image. So I'm going to move that down. And now I can fill this layer with whatever color I want and have that background. So I'm just gonna pick a exaggeration of a color here, foreground color purple. And you can see it fills that in for me. But we want white, so I'm just going to change it. The white I'm going to go to edit Phil and hit. OK, and now we have our image on a pure white background, just like we want. 3. Color Correct Your Photo with Adjustments: Now that we have the background removed from our image, we want to do some adjustments to color. Correct this photo and make it look a little better before we begin, though, let's go ahead and apply this layer mask. As long as you see this black and white image, which is a layer mask, you can still adjust the background and add more or take more out if you need to. But I've got it right where I wanted to be. So I'm going to, right click on that layer mask in hit apply layer mask so that applies the mask and you can see the image now turns into a checkerboard pattern. And if I remove the background, you can see that I have that transparent background going on. Only do that when you have the background exactly where you want it. So I'm going to turn the background back on and let's go ahead and name this and I'm gonna name this original so we know what we're working with, and I'm going to go ahead and zoom in. So I'm just going to click and hit control plus zoom in here and the first thing that I noticed is that there is a dark shadow on my face. Whenever this photo was taken, it cast a shadow, and I want to try to even this up a little bit. So we're going to use an adjustment layer to do that. If you go to the layers panel in the bottom, there's a circle that's half white and half black. That is an adjustment layer, and if I click on that, I'm going to choose brightness and contrast. Now this adjustment layer is going to apply to the layers beneath it, and because it's mask is white, it's being applied to everything. So if I click on the little brightness and contrast icon and I pulled the brightness up, you can see that it affects the whole layer. But I just wanted to affect the part of my face. That doesn't look really good. So what I'm going to do is I'm gonna click on the layer mask, and then I want to fill this black and paint white the areas that I want to fix. So I'm gonna hit, edit Phil Black and then hit, okay, and now it's applied a black mask, which means nothing is being applied and you can see the effect go away. If I select a white color and choose a soft brush and I just draw, you can see that it's applied to wherever I draw. I'm just going to undo that now. I'm just gonna color in the one part that I need to fix. So let me zoom in a little more here, doing this with a mouse. So it's a little more tricky than when I use my tablet. So I'm just going to kind of follow this line here and then color in the side of the face. Now, of course, that is way too harsh, so we can always go back. Click on that brightness and contrast icon and bring that brightness down until blends in with the rest of the face before was about here. So now we're just gonna bump it up until it kind of matches. If I make a mistake, I can always choose black again in the brush. Click the mask and color that in, and it will take it back out. Oh, sorry. I had white Let me change at the black and then I can take it back out like that, but that looks pretty good. So we'll leave that right there. Okay? Now, I could go ahead and apply this once. I have it where I want. Typically, I get into the habit of applying these as I go along. Let me go ahead and duplicate this layer. It's always a good habit, too. Get into duplicating layers so that if you mess up, you always have your original. So now I'm going to click on the layer above it. Right? Click it hit, Merge down. So now it's merged that adjustment layer into this layer, and that looks really good. So you can see I've got the original and then the correction so you can see that that definitely helped get rid of that shadow. So let me hide the original. So we're not messing with it anymore. And I could just call this, um, adjustment. Okay, Now we just want to kind of mess around with some of the other settings to make this look a little better. So I'm going to select that adjustment layer. I'm going to go up to image and go to adjustments. And here we have a whole ton of different types of jet of adjustments that you could do with photos, brightness and contrast levels. Curves exp posers You can change the colors. You can apply photo filters. There's a whole lot you can do here. We can't get into all of these right now, but I'll just show you a couple of that we can do to make this look a little better. The first thing I want to do is go to the levels. When I opened up the Loud Levels panel, we have our our dark tones or mid tones and our light tones, and if I move these knobs around, you can see them change. So if I bring the, uh, the high tones in against brighter, if I bring the dark tones up, it gets darker, and I can adjust the mid tones either darker or lighter. So this was at one, and I actually want to bring it down a little bit so that it lightens up. I'm gonna make it 1.25 so it just looks a little little lighter, a little crisper, not so dark with shadows and everything that's already going on in this photo. The next thing I want to do is un Cono tous in this photo that there's a lot of red going on. You can see in the cheeks in the photo, even in the shirt a little bit that there's a lot of red and I want to warm this up some. So I'm going to go back to Image Click on Adjustments, and this time I'm going to select selective color, and this will actually allow me to choose a color and change its color values. So I'll show you how that works Here. I can pick any color that I want to adjust, and within that color I can actually mess around and give it more science or less more magenta or less more yellow and so on. So let me show you real fast. If I goto blacks and I click on the blacks at the bottom, I'm just adjusting the black values, and I can either give more black value or take it away. And this goes for all of these so I can go to the whites and I go the black value. It actually doesn't seem to be doing anything. Let me go neutrals. The neutrals seem to do a lot, so there's not a whole lot of white values in this image to begin with. But the cool thing is that I can go to Reds and I can actually add to the Reds Channel more color of science magenta, yellow or black. So if I do black, it's gonna make the Reds darker and lighter. But I don't really want to do that. I want to take it away. So with the Reds, there is magenta. And if I pull that magenta slider down, you can see that it pulls out some of that magenta of that red color and makes the image look a little warmer. I'm also going to boost the yellow up a little bit, and that just gives a more natural color to how my skin tone actually looks. That might be a little too much Mogens A. So I'm gonna move that up. Okay, so now it's looking a lot better. The colors are looking better, and there's there's a ton of different things that we could do in this Adjustments properties. Um, you could definitely mess around with the brightness and contrast. It looks a little dole, so maybe we could just bump up the contrast a little bit. Give it a little more sharp color. I don't want to mess around with the brightness too much because it gets either too dark or too light. But I think that looks pretty good right there. So now we have. Let's go ahead and turn on the original layer. Someone turn off the adjustment layer and you can see we went from that to that. So it's just popping a lot more of the colors or sharper. It's a more natural color tone, and I don't have that shadow on my face. So those air some quick adjustments that you can do the adjustments layer has a lot of options that you can mess with so you can mess with the levels occurs the exposure, the color balance and all those other settings with mess. And that makes it very useful way to edit your photos 4. Use Beauty Retouching and Airbrushing for Smoother Skin: Okay, now we've removed the background and we've added some adjustments to color. Correct our image and it's looking really good. We're going to do one more technique here, which is airbrushing or beauty retouching, and there is 100 different ways to do airbrushing and Photoshopped. But I'm going to show you one technique that I learned that I really like a lot, and this is basically used to get rid of any imperfections and skin and to give a more stylized look. This photo that was taken is already kind of pixelated and doesn't look that great to begin with, and we're just trying to touch it up and make it look a little better. So let's go ahead and duplicate are adjustment layer by right clicking on it and selecting duplicate layer. And let's call this layer blur because we're going to apply a blur effect to this. Let's go ahead and hide the original layer because we don't need that. Make sure your blur layer is selected and then go to filter, blur, surface blur and the way that I was shown this. The best way to do this is to Max out your threshold and radius and then go ahead and bring the threshold down until you can start to see some features of the face. So where we can start seeing the eyes and the nose and the mouth and then bring the radius down until you can start making out some of those features. And we wanted to be kind of blurry because actually, what we're doing is we're gonna use a mass to reveal the blurriness while keeping the details of the original layers underneath. So we want to see some detail. But we also wanted to be blurry like this. So go ahead, select. Okay, then go back to the adjustment layer once this is done, um, rendering here and we're going to duplicate that adjustment layer and apply another filter to it. So I'll click on the adjustment layer, right click, select duplicate. And we're going to call this filter, and we're going to move this above the blur layer. Okay, so it should look normal, then go to filter other and select high pass. This is gonna apply Ah, high pass filter, which is basically going to just shows details. So if I zoom in here and I said it. Zero you can see there's no detail. And as I move it up, we get more detail and we want to do this just so we get a little bit of detail when we're bringing in the mask. But we don't want it very strong because we don't want it to be noticeable. So I'm just gonna put it at one and hit OK, and then I want to blend. This felt a layer down into the blurred layer. I'm not merging these. I'm just using the blending method here. So I'm gonna select that where says normal and click hard light that makes the high pass filter. Ah, hard light. I see some of those details and wrinkles and, um, different things like that. And now we've got these two layers and I'm going to create a mask to reveal this underneath but still keep some of that detail from the original layer. So go ahead and group these two layers together. It's like filter hold down, shift and hit blur and then hit control G to group those. And now we want to add a mask. So I'm going to go down and hit. Add layer mask and as you can see, the same thing's happening as before. It's a white layer mass, so everything's being applied. We want to changes to black and then color and with white the areas we want to see. So make sure that that is selected. Go upto, edit Phil and select black and then hit. Okay, now nothing is being applied, and you can see from the blurred image to this image, how pixelated and messed up this image really looks, and we want to color in those areas and kind of smooth it out some. So make sure we have white selected in our foreground. Choose a soft brush we can do a soft round and 83 pixels is fine. Can always adjust that as we go along, if we want finer detail and we want to change the opacity. If we set this to 100 it's going to be very noticeable as we begin coloring in, and we don't want it to be too noticeable because these types of effects you want to adjust these layers, but you don't want people toe actually notice it. So maybe let's try 50% and see how that looks and I'm just going to start here at the forehead and start coloring this in, and as I do, you see some of those wrinkles and things go away. I'll do one side of the face here. Okay? So if you compare the left side of the face to the right side of the face, it looks a lot smoother. And that is, um, that's airbrushing. And it's very basics. Um, that's pretty much what's done. Now. There are different techniques and different things that you can do, and we could change the capacity. Maybe this is a little too strong, and we don't want to be this noticeable, but I'm just going to stick with this for now so you can see the differences. And all that's happening is we have are blurred high pass, filter on top, and we're coloring in the areas that we want to see. Now, when I went over the knows, that did get a little too much. So I'm gonna undo that real quick. That was a little too much on men. Stay away from that line so it doesn't blend. That knows line in cause that did look a little too strong. but that looks a lot better. Maybe Ah do. The next of the neck isn't so obvious. If I was spending more time on this, I'd probably color crack the neck a little bit, so it doesn't look so why it looks like the way the light's hitting my neck. It's a little little bright there, too, but that's OK. You can always spend as much time as you want on these things and get them just right. I could also do this with the shirt. Sometimes it works good. Sometimes it's not so great. Um, see, the shirt is a little pixelated to, and I could do the same thing. But sometimes when this happened, you actually end up getting red ism that wrinkles, maybe bring the capacity down a little bit on this. Do those so drop the opacity down to 28. I can color this, and it will help blend in some of that picks. Elation that's going on. And this was a low quality photo to begin with, which I wanted to choose purposely toe. Try to show you how toe touch ease up a little bit on your own, And the thing about photo shop is there's a 1,000,000 ways to do a 1,000,000 different things. Um, we can't go through all of them, but hopefully this gives you some ideas of how mass and layers work in some of the adjustment features. But I'm just kind of coloring these in a little bit, trying to stay away from any of the hard edges and recalls, because I don't want to smooth those out two months and make it look bad, all right. But that's not too bad. Um, you know, I could maybe do the arm a little bit if I wanted to know, Touch up some of those hard spots. All right, so I consume out, and now you can see the photo looks a lot cleaner. I don't have as bad as wrinkles or anything. This might be a little too much. I could always go to that group and turned down the opacity and blend that a little bit this way. So this is nothing. This is full, and you can see it really gets rid of some of those defining wrinkles and highlights. So maybe I find a nice, comfortable medium. Maybe I could do like, um, 50% or 60% looks pretty good. And that's that's a nice, happy medium between the two. So that is how you do a little bit of beauty, retouching and airbrushing to kind of soft and up your image and get ready. Some those imperfections, picks, elation, wrinkles and what have you? 5. Resize and Save Your Profile Picture: now that we've gone and we've made our adjustments to her photo and it looks great, we want to go ahead and resize it to the right profile picture dimensions. But before we do that, let's do a little housekeeping. This group one I want to go ahead, rename this toe airbrushing, so I'm going to double click on the name there and call it airbrushing and let's go ahead and take a look at how far we've come. So if we look at the original image, you can see it was dark. It was grainy. Ah, bad shadow on the face. We did some adjustments and corrected that made it look a lot better, a lot cleaner and more vibrant. And then we had some airbrushing to kind of smooth it out a little bit. So it's not so pixelated and grainy looking and get rid of some of those wrinkles. Now is a good time to go ahead and say the file by clicking on file safe and naming your PSD. That was You can always come back in a just ease later on if you want to. I've also applied the layer masks and I've merged some layers together. Typically, I might not do that. I might actually leave those the way they are so that I can come back and tweak them if I need to later on. But for this course, I went ahead and merge them down, just so I had less to work with, and it was easier for you to follow along with. Now I want to go ahead and lead these layers together because we're going to be scaling them around. So I want to click on airbrushing, and then I could hit control or shift and select these other layers. If I hold shift in it original, it will select all three. Um, I can go ahead and hide the background for now, and I'm going to right click on those three layers and select link layers that just links them all together. So when I scaled them, they will all scale together and not cause any weird sort of problems. Now let's go ahead and resize this image to a profile picture. The common profile picture dimensions are various throughout the different social media, but they're off square. So, for instance, Facebook is 180 by 180 Twitter's 400 by 400 Google plus 2 50 by 2 50 Instagram 1 10 by 1 10 and YouTube Channel Icon 800 by 800. So they're all different dimensions, but they're all square. As long as we create our image bigger than all of those, they should scale down fine. What we don't want to do is create a small image, say, 100 by 100 then have Twitter scale it up to 400 by 400 because it will look pixelated. So we're going to go to image, and we're gonna adjust the canvas size, not the image size. If we adjust the image size, it's actually going to scale the image together. And we don't want to do that. We want to change the resolution of the canvas and then scale the image how we see fit. So I'm going to click on canvas size. I'm going to change it to pixels, and you could see that it's, Ah, 3000 by 2000 pixel dimensions already. I could do 2000 by 2000 but it's going to more than double the image size, so we're just going to do 1000 by 1000 for now, which is bigger than all the profile picture dimensions of the social media platforms and tickets are exercise at almost three megabytes, which is great. So I'm gonna hit, okay, and it's going to say there's gonna be some clipping is out. Okay, We're going to click, Proceed. And as you can see, it's scaled down the canvas size to 1000 by 1000. But it left our image the way it is now. We can scale this the way we want to and fit it within this box. So I'm gonna make sure that I have my layers selected. I'm going to go toe edit, transform. It's like scale. Now I'm going to select a corner, and if I just start dragging, you can see I can have this squishing effect going on. So I want to hold shift so that it stays proportionate. And if it goes out of screen, that's okay. While scale still being applied, you can move your mouse in the middle and just click and drag it. And then we could get that where we want it to be so I can move it in the center. I could scale it up and just do the face if I wanted to. I can I can pretty much scale this. However I want because we're scaling down. There won't be too much the destruction of the image, which is great. So see, maybe something like that looks good. I can use the arrow keys on the keyboard to kind of nudging around if I want to kind of get exactly where I want. And then when I find a place that I like it, I can just hit the enter key and that will apply the scale transform. And so that looks really good. I could turn the background layer back on, and that could be our profile picture again If I just wanted to have the face, I could scale that where I wanted to or I could bring him or body. If I find out that I don't like the way this looks So now I'm going to go to file and I'm gonna click export. Now, I could do a quick export as p and G, which is going to be a great, um, file type, keeping the highest resolution. And if we turn off the background. It will retain the Alfa. So we could actually put this image on different backgrounds throughout social media, the Web, the Internet, other programs and it will keep a transparent background. Or I could do safer Web, which will allow us to save a J P. G. The J B G is a compressed file, so it actually loses some information. But it also saves some file space that makes a file smaller so that it loads very quickly on social media in your website and whatever you're using this on. So you can see we go from 3.81 megabytes toe, half a megabyte, which is amazing. So we'll go ahead and click safe, and then we could go ahead and just call this profile picture finished and it saved. And now we have that saved out as a J. P. G and can use it on any of our social media platforms. 6. Use Photoshop to Create a Stunning Profile Picture: thank you for joining me and taken this course. I hope you found it valuable and can take away some lessons from this class. You've learned how to do a couple of things by now, such as removing backgrounds, using masks and adjustment layers, doing airbrush techniques and re sizing the canvas. Now there are a lot of effects and adjustments that you can create with inside a photo shop , and it literally could be like a 40 hour course just on the adjustments and effects that can be done. But hopefully that showed you a couple of different methods that you can use to make your profile pictures stand out and look better. Now that we're complete, I would like for you to submit your own project and let's see what you can create. So go ahead and retouch up either your own photo or even a photo that you pulled off the Internet and show us what you can do. Play around with some of the different adjustments, adjustment layers, effects and settings, and submit that to the project section of this class. We would love to see your work and getting critiques and feedback is a great way to interact with the class and even improve in your education. So I really look forward to seeing those now. If you would like to find more about me, you can go to my website at www dot jeremy deegan dot com, and I look forward to talking with you in the future.