Let's admit it—everyone wants a cool profile picture of themselves on their social media. But it's hard to make a picture perfect. And even if the picture turns out great, it may lack a certain magic in it that makes it truly outstanding. There's a saying that begins with "when life gives you lemons..." Well, sometimes life doesn't give you even that. What to do then? Digital artist Max Asabin's answer is—Photoshop them in!

The Russian retoucher started small, as a hobbyist, but has become a true master and professional of photo editing. Over that time, he has gained a solid followership of 267k followers on Instagram and other social media profiles. The guy's (obviously) digitally savvy, so you can find him on virtually any social media platform that there is. Asabin was also featured on Bored Panda a few years ago and has improved leaps and bounds over that time.

More info: Instagram | Facebook | maxasabin.deviantart.com | behance.net | twitter.com | youtube.com | asabinart.tumblr.com | asabinart.artstation.com

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Fred and George Weasley
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1 month ago

woah

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His secret is that he has no secrets that he's unwilling to share. He's always open about the process of doing these photos, and always shows the initial work side-by-side with the finished picture. In a sense, his works are very educational, as he provides tons of tips and learning material along with his photos. First, he makes a composition of a few roughly cropped images. Then he finely crops it in, and that's where the tricky part usually begins.

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Izuna Kazuki
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1 month ago

man...until this day i can't even crop an image properly

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George Chesterson
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1 month ago

Sense of depth on this is uncanny. Amazing!

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The Photoshop wizard then adds fine details, blends in lighting and shadows, and adjusts the color scheme so that the person blends in seamlessly with the whole composition. Afterward, he polishes it up and voila—you have a picture of yourself that you'd never get in mere reality. From magical to hi-tech, to post-apocalyptic, the possibilities look near limitless for Asabin's skills.

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ruthenium the ruther
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1 month ago

notice the cat from the last picture is on the screen.

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George Chesterson
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1 month ago

Beautiful. Reminds me of pre-Photoshop darkroom work of the artist/photographer Jerry Uelsmann.

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Believe it or not, it wasn't always like this. He was as unskilled at photo editing as most of us. He began with Photoshop CS6 at 2007 and never looked back. As of now, that's 13 years of experience. Impressive. What's more, he is completely self-taught, which explains the amount of knowledge the guy has and is willing to share. All in all, the dude's as inspiring as his works. And if you, fellow reader, are struggling at cropping the image, please know that once Max has struggled too just like you.

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Fred and George Weasley
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1 month ago

looks so badass

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Cici Qiu
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1 month ago

Oof

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CodingGirl04
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1 month ago

Hehe the bird in the original is making me laugh so much

Cici Qiu
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1 month ago

lol

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Tori Wheeler
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1 month ago

I like that he used actual bird wings and then was like, "Nah, fuck it, I'm gonna make these look however I want."

Troux
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1 month ago

But....the wings in the second look NOTHING like the wings in the first? The overall structure, the color, the direction they're pointing, the feather length.

Kat Rogers
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1 month ago

STUNNING~ SET HIM UP WITH THE BEAUTIFUL LADY IN WHITE, IN #4!

Teresa Groth
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1 month ago

I really like this rendition!

rex fermier
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1 month ago

So how do you get that heavy coat on over those wings?

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pei meow
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1 month ago

Woah...where's the mindblown emoji?

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Phoebe
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1 month ago

My favorite

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Brenda Couvee
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1 month ago

I feel he really dropped the ball by not making that horse a unicorn

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Pamela Scott
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1 month ago

Why am I think9ng K9ng of the Mountain!?!

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Cici Qiu
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1 month ago

Bootiful kitties

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Cici Qiu
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1 month ago

At least it's not "the tiger king"

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Pigzzy
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1 month ago

Wow indeed

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Evan Beck
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1 month ago

It’s got a top of Hogwarts vibe to it.

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mph seti
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1 month ago

I really like Photoshop that doesn't look Photoshopped. Also, the best CGI in movies is the CGI you never notice.

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Midnight_Waterlily
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1 month ago

Doggy hero

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lara
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1 month ago

Excellent attention to detail.

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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1 month ago

This could have for in well with the old town road video

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Phoebe
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1 month ago

Woah my second favorite

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Sarah Nunns
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1 month ago

I love this one

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Khushboo Khan
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1 month ago

winner winner chicken dinner

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Flare
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1 month ago

Awww!

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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1 month ago (edited)

Love the plane in the back

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Izuna Kazuki
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1 month ago

Just wow! its more beautiful if im not having an acrophobia

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Midnight_Waterlily
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1 month ago

Ah, here's the unicorn.

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Tracey Hirt
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1 month ago

Winter is coming...

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Tracey Hirt
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1 month ago

Nevermore...

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Dorothy Parker
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1 month ago

Lovely.

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zuza.konik
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1 month ago

has Tarantino movie vibes

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Khushboo Khan
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1 month ago

disney?

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Wolfblood Fanatic
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1 month ago

Nice!

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Ava Proctor
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1 month ago

idk why but my favorite thing to say is "shoto-phop" im just really weird

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George Chesterson
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1 month ago

Ha!. Nice hot cup o' Photoshop.

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it's me again
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1 month ago

A lot of character added here

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Fact Perils
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1 month ago

I don't understand, why and who is Hunter Hayes?

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FurryManiac
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1 month ago

first one looks like dove Cameron, second looks like Jennifer Lawrence(anyone else see it)

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Fact Perils
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1 month ago

the first one wasn't photoshopped badly either

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it's me again
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1 month ago

Deep

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