Vanessa DeBurlet

How To Create A Profile Picture

Vanessa DeBurlet



How To Create A Profile Picture

In this article, I’m going to show you various different ways to create a profile picture and how to edit it. We’ll look at three different ways that you can take a picture of yourself first.

Using The Camera On Your Smartphone

This is probably the most obvious way to get a picture of yourself. However, unless you have really long arms, you’re going to have to set up your phone somewhere steady, select a 10 or 3-second lapse and run across the room before your phone takes the photo.

This can be very time-consuming because you might have to take a lot of shots to get the perfect one.

Using The Camera On Your Laptop

It’s easy to take your photo when you use the camera on your laptop. You can just continue to keep clicking until you have a bunch of photos that you can choose from.

However, I have found an easier way to do this that I’m sure you’re going to love.

Make A Video Of Yourself

Using your laptop, turn on your camera and take a video. I recently did this and just ran a video with me smiling into the camera and making various different facial expressions.

You can then go through the video and stop it when you see a photo of yourself that you like. For example, one where your eyes are open and you’re not making a silly face.

Once you see a good photo, just snip it and save it on your hard drive or desktop. When I tested this, I just saved a heap of photos from a video and put them into a separate folder on my laptop. Some of them I’ll probably never use but at least I have quite a few to choose from so that I don’t have to go through this process more often than I want to.

Taking a video of yourself

Removing The Background

A lot of the photos that I have saved have a background in them that I want to remove. Luckily, there’s a free program called that will remove the background quickly and easily.

All you have to do is upload your image and click the button. The program instantly removes the background in any photo that you wish.

Removing the background

Once the background is removed, you’ll see a pencil icon that allows you to edit the photo. This allows you to add different backgrounds to your photo if you want to.

Adding a background

When you’re done, just download the image.

Editing Your Photos Using Canva

Once you’re logged into Canva, upload your photo without the background. This allows you to save your photo in Canva so that you can use it any time that you want when you’re creating any type of visual.

For example, you might want to put your picture into a circle so that you can use it as a logo. To do that, just go to elements and select a circle and then adjust the size so that it fits around your photo. This is just another way that you can use your profile picture.

Profile picture in circle

Adding Your Profile Picture To Your YouTube Channel

To add the profile picture that you’ve just created to your YouTube channel, go to your channel page and select “customize channel”. Then, click on the “branding” tab under Channel customization.

Adding a profile picture to YouTube

Under “picture” you’ll see your profile image that you can now change to add the new image that you’ve created. Don’t forget to click publish once you’re done.

So, that’s how you can easily create your own profile pictures without having to go out and get professional photos done. Just take them yourself and play with them.

It’s called YouTube for a reason – so that you can just be you. So, go ahead and take your picture and let everyone know who you are.

You’ve Got This!.

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