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Canva AI can turn photos into a professional headshot

Look stunning in a tube top? Canva AI can help make that photo LinkedIn worthy.
By Elena Cavender  on 
A woman in a grey tank top next to the same woman wearing a professional white blouse.
Before and after Canva AI's Magic Edit. Credit: Mashable composite: Getty Images: Steve Prezant, Canva

The girlbosses have spoken.

Have you ever taken a gorgeous and stunning photo that could double as a LinkedIn headshot, but your shirt isn't networking appropriate? The corporate babes on TikTok have found a free solution, Canva's new AI powered "Magic Edit."

In one video that's garnered over 1 million views, TikTok user @amy_king_v(opens in a new tab) generates a "professional, chic, white blouse." In another with over 8 million views @jinedalessandra(opens in a new tab) requests a "professional shirt."

The Magic Edit tool allows you to brush over a section of a photo and describe exactly what you want it to be turned into. For the headshot hack, you simply describe the professional-looking shirt you want to replace the one you're wearing and like magic, the AI generates it.

The tool is still in beta and the results can be a little wonky, but you can change up the description of the shirt as many times as it takes to produce a a result that's suitable for LinkedIn.

If you want to get in on the headshot action, we've got you covered.

How to use Canva to create a headshot:

1. Open Canva

2. Select "Create Design"

3. Choose what kind of design you want

(I recommend "Instagram post")

4. Upload the photo

5. Select "Edit photo"

6. Tap "Magic Edit"

7. Click "Try it out"

8. Use the tool to brush over where you want the shirt to be

9. Click "Continue"

10. Describe what kind of professional top you want.

(I wrote "professional, white blouse")

11. Select which option you like best

12. Click "File"

13. Tap "Download"

Ta da, you're ready to hit LinkedIn now!

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Elena Cavender

Elena is a tech reporter and the resident Gen Z expert at Mashable. She covers TikTok and digital trends. She recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in American History. Email her at [email protected](opens in a new tab) or follow her @ecaviar_(opens in a new tab).

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