Your Instrument Photo

The beauty of your instrument, as displayed on your new shirt, is only as good as the photograph you provide us with. Here are a few tips that will help us get a great result:

  • The photo should be taken from a direct, flat-on to the top (of the guitar) perspective, not at an angle. You should not be able to see much if any of the sides of the instrument. All our custom designs work with that perspective.
  • If your design requires a full instrument (full body to the head stock) then make sure that’s what your photo shows. If it doesn’t need to show the entire instrument (for guitar designs), zoom in and capture mostly just the body, along with a dozen frets or so. (approx 6” of the neck showing beyond the body)
  • Other than the fretboard we just mentioned, don’t chop off any part of the instrument.
  • Take the photo in good (preferably daytime) light, but not direct sunlight.
  • Try not to use flash
  • Try to avoid glare and/or odd reflections and hotspots, as you look through the viewfinder.
  • Take the shot with the subject against a plain background, that contrasts well with the instrument. (we have to be able to see the shape of it clearly)
  • The image has to be sharp and contain detail (not out of focus or blurry)
  • The photo needs to be as high resolution as possible; email “actual size” don’t rez it down to Large or Medium.

Pretty well all mobile phone cameras are good enough quality these days to get great results, so no need to use a high-end camera.

If there’s a problem with your photo, don’t worry we’ll let you know, and you’ll have a chance to try again.