Photo size matters.
For best results, always use a high-resolution image. We recommend 300 dots per inch.
Whether your photo is small, large or tightly cropped, placing it in a simple black frame is a classic look.
Don't forget to update your photo every 2-3 years. (You want your clients to recognize the freshest you!)
Bleeding isn't bad.
Bleeding means that the image extends to the edge of the design. A full-bleed image extends to all four edges.
The best full-bleed designs have an uncluttered background, creating an ideal space for text.
When using a bleed design, your photo should be slightly larger than the finished product. Remember that part of the image will be trimmed.
Don't look awkward.
A silhouette is a photo that has had the background removed. It's a great way to distinguish yourself, but beware of photos that could create awkward edges.
A bad silhouette on the left (straight edges)
vs. a good silhouette on the right (natural edges)
Love the environment.
An alternative to silhouetting is using an environmental shot. Have your photo taken in front of your favorite setting, like a garden, the beach or your community.
This design option lets your personality shine. Make sure your background isn't too busy, or the text may be hard to read.