When choosing a photograph please keep in mind that a good photograph will produce a good product and a bad photograph will produce a bad product.
High contrast: A nice, high contrast photo will always work best. There needs to be a good distinction between lights and darks, good detail in the subject and a balance in contrast. A subject wearing white on a white background or a white beach will not yield the best product. Nor will a subject wearing dark colors on a dark background yield the best product.
Large subject matter: The subject in your photograph should take up roughly 75% of the image. This will allow your product to have the most detail possible and the colors will be more vibrant and true to life. Since the subject in the photo should take up roughly 75% of the image, we suggest that you not use photos of large groups of people. If the subject in your photo does not take up 75% of your photo, you might consider cropping the photo.
Focus on subject: Take your photo at an appropriate distance from your subject. Standing too far from your subject causes the camera to capture less detail on the subject itself and adds worthless space. Make sure that the subject you wish to capture is what takes up 75% of the photograph.
Color: Try to choose a photograph with realistic coloring. If the face in your photograph is red, your product will also have a face that is red. Try to pick a photo with good skin tones, nice colors, and no shadows. Try to choose the most color-rich photo you have, however, black and white or sepia photographs will work fine and produce and good product. While we can certainly make your product from any digital photo, an older photo will not be the best choice unless it has been restored or is still very clear. Stay away from bright red and bright yellow colors. No collages.
Focus: Choose a photo that is crisp and sharp. The better the focus, the better the final piece.
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