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Create your own United States Passport , India OCI photo using GIMP

Folks, this is in continuation to existing article of how to create UK passport photo (3.5cm x 4.5cm) using GIMP. Please read that article for full understanding of how to take photo/lightings etc.
American Passport Photo requires 50.8mm x 50.8mm (2" x 2") photos. So do Overseas citizen of India application (OCI photo). As you are all aware, GIMP is very powerful too for image editing.  This article provides a very cost effective way to print  (2" x 2") photos from nearby print enabled stores (like Boots in the UK etc..) for less than 30pence (40 cents approx) !!  For further details on United states photo requirement, please read this article


Step by step method of editing photo

  • From your gimp “Toolbox”, click the “Rectangular Select” tool. (Ensure that the ”Fixed Aspect Ratio” is unticked).  Draw a small rectangle surrounding your face. In the left hand-pane, choose Size, Enter width=510 px and height=510 px.  (or a ratio of this) and then select “Fixed Aspect Ratio”.  You will see a rectangle area in the image to be adjusted accordingly
  • Using mouse select area with your face and satisfy all conditions of your photo (like 80% face, shoulder visible etc..). Read relevant requirements.
  • Once ready, Crop the image.   from GIMP Menu  Image -> Crop to Selection
  • Now resize the image.  From GIMP menu,  Image -> Scale Image and select width=1089 px (Automatically height becomes 1089 px as its 1:1 aspect ratio). Copy this image (Control-C)
  • Now open a new Window (Control key + N) with width and height  = 1120 px
  • Paste the previous image into this new image and click on the white border surrounding to merge.
  • Ensure you clicked on the white border. Then Select Filters ->Map -> Tile from GIMP window.  ”Tile to new size”, then  disconnect the chain symbol (by clicking on it) and set the width = 3256 px & height = 2184 px
  • Result would show you 8 photos. (But only 2 of them will be perfect)
  • Now save as a JPG file using "File -> Export To  ”, then save it as with jpg extension with “USpassportTile.jpg”
  • Save the .jpg file to a memory stick.
  • My local “BOOTS” shop allows USB memory stick, SD card, CD and many other storage to be used . Select 6×4 inch prints, which should print 2 photos. (Select no margins at boots)   or Alternatively you could print from your home printer:  From GIMP Image -> Print-size , width = 6 inches, height = 4 inches. Then print with File ->Print

Experienced Users

Aspect Ratio: width = 510 px, height = 510 px.
Scale to 1089 px wide.
New window: width = 1120 px, height = 1120 px.
Tile to: width = 3256 px, height = 2184 px.

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