Copy of Photo guidelines

We can work with most photos, but the better your photo is, the better your finished mechanical painting will be! Check out our top four tips below for choosing a photo that's perfect for our process.

We reach out to every single customer to help you pick the perfect image. If you are not sure the photo will be suitable, then for a limited time new subscribers can get a free sketch. So go ahead and submit your idea with your favourite photo and we will send you info and a sketch of your painting.  If the photo you upload is already perfect, we'll give you a confirmation and delivery information. If your photo doesn't quite meet our standards, we'll work with you until we find one that does!


 Close up, in-focus photos are best.

This is the most important part! Avoid using photos that are blurry or taken from far away. If the subject of the photo is too small or out of focus, painting will turn out blurry.

Make sure you like the details

We work directly from your photo, so be sure to pick a photo where the subject looks exactly how you want them to look in your final artwork. If the subject of the photo has closed eyes, messy hair or large accessories, those things will be included in the final portrait.

Try to use a photo with good lighting

Make sure the photo has good lighting so we can get as much detail as possible! (Natural lighting is ideal.) Be aware that if there's a harsh shadow in your photo, that shadow will also be a part of the final artwork.


What if I can't find a good photo?

We understand that sometimes it just isn't possible to get a perfect, high-res photo. Whether you're planning to surprise someone with a gift or trying to get a portrait of a pet who has passed away, rest assured that we'll find a way to work with whatever photo you have! Even though high-res images make the best paintings, we can still transform less-than-ideal photos into lovely portraits.

If you're worried about the quality of the image you have in mind, feel free to reach out to us at . We're always happy to take a look at your photos before you place your order!