When You Submit a Photo for Personalization

The beauty of your personalized design will 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 in most cases be taken from a direct, flat-on to the top (of the instrument) perspective, not at an angle. You should not be able to see much if any of the sides of the instrument. Most of our custom designs work with that perspective.
  • If your design requires a full instrument (i.e. - guitar, 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, zoom in and capture mostly just the body, (along with approx 6” of the neck showing beyond the body, in the case of a guitar image)
  • Don’t chop off any part of the instrument image.
  • Take the photo in good (preferably in the 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. (so we can see the shape of it clearly)
  • The image should be sharp and contain detail (not out of focus or blurry)
  • The photo needs to be high resolution; 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.