I am frequently asked to make vertical headshots fit into a horizontal size, to display on my company’s website. I’m often given low-quality images with sharp cuts to the person’s shoulders or backgrounds that are difficult to extend.
I usually do one of two things…
- Recreate or draw in shoulders of my own, using the clone stamp, then create some simple background to fill the space, as I did here. This is time consuming, though, and anyone with an eye for detail can spot the fake shoulder(s) a mile away
- Duplicating the headshot behind the original, enlarging it to fill the frame, blurring it – like below
I want to start doing the second option more, because it’s the easiest for me and I see it’s a pretty common method (thanks to those vertical video takers), but it’s not the most visually appealing.
Is there a better way of fitting portrait images into a landscape container?
#3. Get your client to see the benefits of a proper photoshoot
After years of doing your #1 i finally managed to introduce an updated design for my clients’ company profile, website and corporate presentations. After seeing what things can really look like, the client finally found the time to send all 30+ employees, management included, to a studio and got their pictures taken professionally in landscape format, with the same background, lighting, etc.
If that can’t work then you’re probably stuck with #1.