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 three 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 print preview. So go ahead and submit your idea with your favourite photo and we will send you info and a sketch of your print.  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 pose

Make sure your pet is looking directly at the camera at eye level, facing forward. Other positions are acceptable, but your pet will be shown in that position 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!