Create quick and visually pleasing profile images for any project with these 5 approaches. From ready-made icons to hyper-realistic AI generations.

User profile images are everywhere: on websites, inside apps, on your Dribbble shots, and on social media. Sometimes, they are not even the main focus of the whole design, but they just should be there, somewhere in the corner. Let’s see how we can create avatars for any project with ease.


Profile pic icons

User avatar icons are handy for cases where you don’t really need highly detailed profile images, like wireframes, prototypes, or interface empty states. Choose between minimalistic, 3D, and colorful icon styles to match your project’s vibe.

Parakeet female profile icon
3D Fluency female user icon
Color circled female user icon
Deco male user icon
SF Symbols Filled add male user icon
Pulsar Color head profile cion
Ink cat profile icon
Windows 11 Color female profile icon
Badges male user icon
Material Two Tone male user icon
Water Color name icon
Papercut male user icon
Stickers name icon
Blue UI male user icon
Color Glass female person icon
Gradient person female icon

Here are some examples of design cases where profile picture icons are the best fit. Click on the case image to get icons used in it.

Mobile account profile UI concept
User account Blue UI concept with side bar
Desktop dashboard UI concept closeup
Finance account mobile UI conpect

Profile image illustrations

For designs where the profile section requires more details, use cartoonish mascots. This will make your design fun and visually pleasing. For complex textures, use raster illustrations, and for more flexible customization, choose vector profile illustrations.

Office illustration Man with Glasses Avatar
Blobby illustration Curly Haired Man Hat
Active illustration Woman avatar
3D Casual life illustration woman in black hat
Morphis illustration blue woman siluette
3D Business illustration dog astronaut
Isometric illustration woman in headset
Notes illustration grinning man
Outline illustration male user icon
Juicy illustration girl peace sign
Martina illustration woman's face icon
Willowy illustration user icon with glasses

Check out how bright and nice the illustrations look in the interfaces. Click on the image to see the graphics used in them.

3D Business illustration profile picture in mobile UI concept
Plastic people illustration profile in mobile UI concept
3D Casual Life illustration avatar in mobile UI concept

AI-generated profile illustrations

Can’t find ready-made graphics to use as a profile picture in your designs? Generate one. Ask AI via promts specific image you need and get a perfect fit.
Here is how to do it:

Set the query

Go to Illustration Generator, type your idea in the prompt section, choose between styles and pick a proportion ratio — profiles are usually squared. If you have a reference image, upload it to the generator to get the closest match. After setting all the parameters, generate your drafts.

Prompt typing in Illustration Generator
Aspect ratio in Illustration Generator
Style choosing in Illustration Generator

Choose the draft

You’ll get four previews of the final images. You can finalize one of them. In our case, we decided to see the variations of one of the drafts first.

Variations of profile illustrations in Illustration Generator

Finalize generation

Here it is! The first variation looks perfect in our case. In the final result, we switched the tumbler to remove the background.

Result of profile illustrations in Illustration Generator with background
Result of profile illustrations in Illustration Generator with background removed

Now, we can add the resulting image to the design. Looks good!

Here are some other examples of what you can generate for inspiration:

3D Fluency AI-generated illustration profile picture
3D Casual Life AI-generated illustration profile picture
Haze AI-generated illustration profile picture
3D Business AI-generated illustration profile picture

AI-generated photo portraits

If your design requires photorealistic avatars but you don’t want to use real people’s faces, go for AI-generated ones. Go to Generated Faces and set the gender, ethnicity, eye color, hairstyle, and head pose. The library will show you a variety of naturally-looking closeups.

Results of latino person generated faces

Here are some UI concepts where we used generated faces as the profile pictures:

Generated faces profile pictures in the Kanban UI concept
Generated faces profile pictures in the Wallet App UI concept
Generated faces profile pictures in the Messenger UI concept
Generated faces profile pictures in online school app UI concept

Realistic AI humans

When just a face closeup is not enough for your case, generate the full-body human and crop the part that you need. This is how to generate a realistic profile person.

Set the parameters

Go to the Human Generator and choose gender, age, ethnicity and clothes.

Human Generator fist step preview

Touch up the details

Add some details that you need in the result to the prompt and change the pose.

Human Generator second step preview

Now, you can download the result and use it in your designs. You can also create the person in different scenes and poses, keeping the same identity. Read more about it in our tutorial here.

Here are more UI concepts with generated humans for your inspiration:

Mobile UI concepts with generated humans
Image source


Out of these 5 different ways to create a profile image for your design, choose the one that suits your case:

  • For wireframes, prototypes, empty states in the interfaces, and minimalistic aesthetics, go with icons.
  • For more detailed, quirky, and fun cases, choose illustrations.
  • Couldn’t find the graphics you need? Generate your own AI illustration for the user profile.
  • For photorealistic effects, in cases where you need just a closeup and the avatar doesn’t take much space on the screen, go for AI-generated faces.
  • For hyperrealistic humanlike results, go to Human Generator and create an AI person from scratch.

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