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How to Pick a Good Photo?

There are four recommendations to keep in mind when choosing your image for best results. These are:

✅ Image resolution/quality.
✅ Distance from the camera
✅ Good lighting
✅ Canvas size
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your photo follows the guidelines. We will process the image received, so you must read carefully the items below and select your picture accordingly.

1 - Image resolution/quality

The quality of your photo will greatly affect your custom painting result. The sharper your image is, the better!  

➡️ Try the quick zoom test. If you can zoom in on your image and it remains sharp, you're good!
➡️ You can also check the image properties on your mobile or desktop. The higher more pixels, the better. Try to provide a photo with at least 1000x1000 pixels. If you don't know how to check your image resolution, here's a quick guide to do so on Windows and Mac.

2 - Distance from the camera

➡️ The closer the subject is to the camera, the more details we can capture. As a rule of thumb, the subject/s of the photo should take at least 70% of the pic. Face selfies will work best! Please avoid far shots as they will have substantially less details.
➡️ It is also recommended that you pick a minimum of 36 colors. More colors means more accuracy when it comes to portraits. You can also go for 24 colors, but detail will be reduced acccordingly.

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3 -
Pick a photo with neutral lighting

Light and shadows can impact your custom kit. You need to make sure that your photo has:

➡️ Good lighting. Choose images where the light is uniform across the subjects. 
➡️ NO instense background light. The light should always come from the camera angle.
➡️ NO shadows on the skin. Shadows can completely change the color palette, creating dark patches.
➡️ NO color filters! The light should be completely natural. Rephrase from using tints such as yellow, blue, purple or green, which are very popular in social media or in some photography apps.

    How to pick a good image for your custom kit - Canvas by Numbers

    4 - Pick the right canvas size

    This one seems like a no-brainer - the larger the canvas the more detail we can fit. We always recommend a minimum size of 16x20" for portraits or any picture with a bit of complexity. If you pick the smallest 12x16" canvas, the amount of detail will be reduced accordingly. 

    Choose a good picture for you custom painting kit - Canvas by Numbers

    🚨 Please note that submitting a picture that fails to follow these recommendations might cause delays in your order and a result below your expectations. If you have any questions, feel free to email us your picture in advance at so we can have a look. Happy painting!

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