Getting design done for your Instagram profile picture

Hey Instagrammers! In this blog post, let’s discuss the scenario if you don’t have something you can automatically use your profile photo. How can you get a professional profile photo done?

It’s going to depend on obviously what type of account you are right. If you’re a themed account or a business account then it’s a question of do you have a logo. If you don’t have a logo, I’ll tell you how to handle that life-threatening crisis in a second.

Cheap or Free options to get a good Instagram Profile Picture

If you’re a personal account. Well, this one’s pretty easy it just needs to be your face right, just minimize the shoulders and body. So what you need is a headshot. Now there are a few options available for that one. Options kind of vary a lot of times;

  • If you want to be cheap about it,
  • You don’t want to spend any money,

You can just find a friend who has a DSLR. That’s a pretty good one.

I would strongly suggest that whenever you take a photo for a headshot, you get as far away from a background as possible because then what they can do is they can just blur out the background using that Bokeh kind of an effect.

We talked about it in one of the earlier blog posts – having not too much noise in the background. That’s pretty important so that people can focus on your face. Ideally, if you have lights then stand up in front of like a white sheet of paper or a white sheet, that helps again quite a bit.

You have to do a little bit of post-production after that just to brighten up the back, but that’s pretty easy.

If you have a small budget for your Instagram Profile Picture

Now if you want to spend a little bit of money, what you can do is you can actually hire someone to take your photograph or you can rent a nice camera and do it that way.

Renting a camera is probably like the middle option. I’ve done this before.

The best camera I can think of for doing something like this, is the Sony A7 R2. It used to be a kind of an expensive camera. But not anymore.

You can rent it for like $40 a day. It’s one of those cameras, that’s so nice that it’s really hard to take a bad photograph with it. All you have to do is just kind of hold it down or get somebody to hold it down for you. You can even do timed shots with it.

The resolution is insanely high and it always comes out like a really sharp picture. So that’s one way of doing it.

But let’s say you don’t have that rich friend who has that camera and your stuck, in the same life-threatening situation again. Do not fear, Cameralends is here! That’s probably the cheapest way you can do it.

Other than that, if you want higher professional you can use my experience

  • Thumbtack is actually pretty good.
  • Also, you can Craigslist a lot of times – People list themselves that they’re offering headshots. (check out the services section on Craigslist).

There are even companies and startups that will do mobile headshots. They’ll come to your location, you go to a location with them and they take the photo.

There are even places where they just have a permanent set up, and you walk in and they take your shot, and move on. Those places are actually pretty cheap relatively. So you just go in and out in like 30 minutes. That’s how you get a decent shot, especially for a personal account. That’s really all you need.

Instagram Profile Picture for a Corporate Logo

Now if you’re making a corporate account, like a logo or a themed one, again it’s going to depend on what do you want to spend money on.

Cheap free options. There’s not a ton. I mean one you couldn’t hack it out yourself. You can use like Photoshop and just do it yourself. There are some free logo generators out there. They’re not particularly great. If that’s the case but I strongly suggest it’s just taking the text from your name and then just trying to stylize that. If you’re new to graphic design then it’s going to be really way too hard and a large waste of time to learn how to actually design a symbol for a logo.

So again, I just use text and try to position it just try to go through fonts. That’s usually relatively easy to do and sometimes you come out with a good outcome.

There are some other websites that are worth looking at. If you can spend a little bit of money for a logo. The one Website you should probably be familiar with this is – Fiverr. The whole concept here is that you can get something done for $5. So you can just look for logo design in the search option. Usually, they’re a little bit more than $5, so you can pay more to have more versions made, you pay more to you know give them instructions on the logo.

Sometimes they’re just templates, but usually, they have some pretty decent ones. You just have to make a decision about what you want. If you want something that’s modern or do you want something that’s casual and fun and you can tell that a lot of these logo makers are pretty goods. In some options, you can literally pay $5 and they’ll give you 30 logos.

There are also some pro designers who’ll work on an exclusive design for you. They usually take four or five days. Usually ends up being around $100 – $200.

Personally, I actually love and it’s called Shapefactory. So what they’ve done is they’ve made a generator for creating logos and it’s actually really good especially for Instagram like the way that they compile them based on whatever text you give them is as incredibly good.

This is something that you will probably use, for the copy accounts or dummy accounts in the future. So she later in this Instagram Blog Course, will start talking about like creating zombies and that’s probably where you’ll use it.

So what you do is you go to logo.shapefactor.co, and hopefully when you go to this it’s actually up because you never know if some of these newer tools.

So you just type in your account name, then you pick your logo mark and, then it gives you different variations. Then what you can do is you pick a category for your logo. It doesn’t really matter or you can just search up here for something too. So you could probably just pick something that kind of fits your style.

It then gives you different variations of different shapes that you can work with and it even gives you color variations. This is actually a really fun one to play with.

It’s at the end of the day it’s only $40. So I honestly I think it’s worth it.

What I like about Shape Factory;

  • All icons are really good
  • their text is good and
  • I’m surprised sometimes I’ve come out with logos in this, that I like more than the logos I paid a thousand dollars for.

One other option I think worth looking into is 99designs.

This is if you’re ok spending a lot of money and you’re actually serious especially if you needed a logo anyway and it’s a legitimate business.

Well, what happens here is it’s a contest website. Basically, you’ll give a description of what you want and they’ll ask you questions. It’s like a questionnaire. You don’t have to come up with all the stuff in your head to give you the key sliders. You can even pick from for aesthetic styles. Then it tells you to show them what types of logos you like.

Over time people just compete on them, so you’ll actually end up seeing anywhere from 20 to 100 different logo variations and you rate them and it kind of goes thru this like a trial process and then usually around seven to ten days later, you have something you want.

I also like the fact that it’s not something that you absolutely have to commit to. So if you don’t like what you got, you don’t actually have to purchase it. You can go to their logo designs page – www.99designs.com/logo-design and it gives you a lot of ideas that you can use. You use to decide then you can even go and look at other people’s logos and see how it goes. Typically, I think for a logo the range is $300. You can pay up to whatever you want really, but $300 is the lowest. I think the most common you’ll see is probably $500. Especially if you need them to do a logo plus something, like a little bit of branding work like Instagram or something.

This actually is something that large and medium-size companies end up doing.

I think that’s pretty much all you need to know.

To quickly summarize this blog post,

  • Again if you need a headshot for a personal count pretty easy. There’s usually headshot studios in whatever city you’re in if not, use any platform.
  • You can just hire someone directly to take your photographs.
  • Do you want to do it cheaply just get a friend who has a DSLR.
  • I mean you can even use your iPhone (if it’s a newer one) because the camera isn’t actually decent enough especially with the newest ones with the portrait mode. That’s one way of doing it.
  • And if you’re really lazy you could just take a photo you already have and then run it through Instagram and use their filters and kind of screw with it that way to make it a little more like stylized. I don’t actually suggest that, but if you need to get something done today, that’s one way of doing it.
  • And then if you need a corporate account or a logo for a corporate account or a themed account, I like shapefactory, I like fiverr for this and 99designs works as well.
  • One other one I would say. If you just want to hire one specific designer or one person, dribbble is a good one. Yes, that’s right. It’s dribble with three B’s. You can just go and look at all the different stuff they have and just find someone you like and then just message them through the dribbble system. This is how I actually find a lot of designers because they just post little snippets of cool stuff.  I love that style and then I message them and that’s how we figure it out.

Let’s run quickly to the comments section and see your logos. When you drop your logo, do mention the kind of account you have and the site where you got it from.

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