Passport @ bizineo.com - How to Create Passport Photos

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Summary

This tutorial goes over creating passport photos online using Bizineo Passport, an application Bizineo.com provides for free.

Note: In this tutorial we will be creating a US Passport Photo. Please be aware that regulations and photo specifications vary per country.

Taking Pictures

Get a digital camera and take a picture following these hints:

  • Place camera approximately 4 ft (120 cm) from the subject.
  • Have camera at subject's eye level.
  • Position subject facing the camera.

The following picture Pic. 1 will give you an idea on how to take a picture.

Camera Lighting Setup
Pic. 1 Camera Lighting Setup

Transferring Pictures to your computer

After taking your picture, transfer it to your computer. Nowadays this is an easy task since most of the modern digital cameras have a USB connector to transfer pictures to a personal computer. One way to do it is using the operating system software. Plug the small end of the USB connector to your digital camera and the large end into the USB port of your computer. The operating system will detect the camera and open a window where you can find the folder that contains your picture. Once you find your picture select and copy it to your hard drive. If you run into any problem or want to use a different method, follow the recommendations of your digital camera's manufacturer for specific instructions on how to transfer a picture to a PC.

Launching Passport @ bizineo.com

Open a browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Enter http://www.bizineo.com/passport/ in the URL box then press enter. Once the application has been loaded you should see an interface like the one shown in Pic. 2.

Note: You may be prompted to install Microsoft Silverlight. This application requires Silverlight to run.

Selecting Language, Country and Photo Type

The next thing to do is to select a language, country and a photo type. For our case we select English, United States, and Passport respectively. Click on "Next" (upper right corner) to move onto the next step.

Passport Step 1 Select a country
Pic. 2 Passport @ bizineo.com, select language, country, and photo type

Loading your picture and adjusting brightness and contrast

Next we will load your picture using the Drag and Drop feature. Locate your picture in your hard drive (1), selected it, drag and drop it (2) onto the drawing canvas as shown in Pic. 3.

Note: Another way to load a picture is using the 'Add Picture' icon in the control panel Pic. 3. You can find details following the link 'Add Picture'

Passport Step 2 Drag and Drop
Pic. 3 Loading your picture using the "Drag and Drop" feature

Once your picture is loaded if needed, you can adjust its brightness and contrast as shown in Pic. 4. When you are ready click on "Next" to continue.

Note: In case you don't like your changes you can always use the undo/redo option or reload your picture again.

Passport Step 2 Edit Picture
Pic. 4 Adjusting brightness and contrast

Measuring your face

What we need to do next is to drag the ruler by the yellow handle to the center of your picture (1), then moving the blue handles up (2) and down (3) measure your face as shown in Pic. 5. When done press "Next" to continue.

Note: Make sure to cover your full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.

Passport Step 3 Measure your face
Pic. 5 Measuring your face

Selecting your best angle

The next thing to do is to drag the cropping rectangle to select your best angle as shown in Pic. 6. Once you are satisfied with the selected angle, click on "Next" to continue.

Passport Step 4 Selecting your best angle
Pic. 6 Selecting your best angle

Saving and Printing

We are almost done. As you could see in Pic. 7, you have an individual photo and a combo of six photos.

Note: For this tutorial the dimension of the photo is based on the US Passport Photo specification since the purpose was to create a US Passport Photo.

Passport Step 5 Saving and Printing
Pic. 7 Saving and Printing

For now let's focus on the combo of 6 photos. Click on the "Optimize Picture for saving" icon Optimize Picture for saving.

Next, click on the "Save" icon Save picture. A "Save As" dialog will open as shown in Pic. 8, select a folder where to save (1), enter a name for your file (2), then press "Save" (3).

Passport Step 5 Save As
Pic. 8 Save As dialog

The combo of photos is now on your hard drive as shown in Pic. 9.

Passport Step 5 Save Combo
Pic. 9 Combo on hard drive

If you prefer to print click on the "Print" icon Print image and follow the instructions for printing as shown in Pic. 10. In our case we have installed PDFCreator. Let's select PDFCreator as Printer, then press Print. The result is shown in Pic. 11

Passport Step 5 Print Combo
Pic. 10 Printing combo of photos

Passport Step 5 Print Combo Pdf
Pic. 11 Printing combo of photos to PDFCreator

Congratulations! You are done creating your passport photo based on the US Passport Specifications using Passport @ bizineo.com

Uploading to any store (CVS, Walmart) for printing

Note: It's worth to mention that there is no affiliation to any store.

As an example let's upload to Walmart. Go to http://www.walmart.com/ Click on the "Photo" link and login. Create an account if you don't have one. Click on the "Upload" tab. The Express Upload tool will prompt a popup dialog where you can Choose or create an album, Edit your settings (optional), Click on "Select Photos" once you have made your selections. Select the photo you just saved and click "Open" to start uploading. See Pic. 12 as reference.

Passport upload photo to Walmart
Pic. 12 Uploading pictures to Walmart

Once you finish uploading, click on the "Order Prints" link. Make sure to select 4"x6" as shown in Pic. 13 then, proceed to checkout. Select a Walmart store of your preference to pick up your print(s).

Passport Print Walmart Checkout
Pic. 13 Choosing size and checking out

The final result is shown down below in Pic. 14

Passport Walmart Upload Print
Pic. 14 Final result

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