August 28, 2020
LinkedIn recently rolled out a green #opentowork photo frame banner that you can apply to your LinkedIn profile to alert your network that you are open to new opportunities. Confused whether you should turn on the #OPENTOWORK photo frame? Learn more here.
The problem is, not everyone wants a photo frame around their LinkedIn profile picture that tells the world they are open to new opportunities. The good news is you can create your own custom photo frame easily and add whatever wording you want. The sky’s the limit, all you need is a graphic design program.
Canva.com is a free online application specifically for graphic design. PowerPoint is an application most people have on their computer and although it’s not usually thought of as an image editor, it works beautifully as one. Here are instructions for using Canva and PowerPoint to create a photo frame for your LinkedIn profile picture.
Canva is a graphic design platform that provides a slew of image editing options that make creating images and documents a cinch. Rather than give you step-by-step instructions on how to use Canva, I created pages of templates. All you need to do is drop in your headshot and VOILA a gorgeous photo frame!
Most people think of PowerPoint just for presentation slide design but it actually offers image editing and animation tools, too.
Time needed: 15 minutes.
Create a Photo Frame for your LinkedIn Profile Photo in PowerPoint
Make sure the slide is blank without any text boxes.
Make sure you use a professional image, well-lit, of you looking directly into the camera, smiling
Hold your shift key down to make sure the oval is a perfect circle.
This will make sure that it’s just an outline of the circle
I am using a width of 40 pixels.
Think in terms of your brand colors. If you don’t want a full circle skip to the next step.
Delete all but two gradient stops. One should be the color of the circle, the other gradient stop should be 100% transparent. Increase/decrease the angle to get it to the position you want.
Save the image as either a PNG or JPG.
You may need to zoom and position your photo so it fits right.
Congrats! I am sure it looks amazing!
If you tried to create a photo frame in PowerPoint but found it too difficult or time-consuming, no worries! I know a PowerPoint expert, Michael Rielly, and as a favor to me, he created a bunch of photo frames that you can download and use for yourself.
If you use one of Michael’s templates, consider learning more about and potentially donating to his nonprofit, The James D. Rielly Foundation, Inc. Their mission is to support the children and families of the military and first responders hindered by economic status, physical or mental challenges.
Please note, if you want to use a custom photo and you are marked as “open to work,” you must select “Share with recruiters only” in the Edit job preferences settings. By sharing your status with all LinkedIn members, the photo frame that you worked so hard to create, will be hidden.
If you want to share your open to work status with all LinkedIn members, you are best not using a custom photo frame.
I hope you enjoyed this blog article. Check out more free resources all about LinkedIn and branding here.
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