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image tips and tricks
Your illustrations are created from the photos you send. Pick your favorite pet photo. It doesn't have to be professional quality. As long as the image provides a clear shot of your pet, an illustration can be created for you. However, the clearer the image, the better your results will be. This is especially important if you are considering a possible custom size (larger) in the future.

Here are some helpful hints on what types of images work best for spot illustrations.

Choose an image that you think best represents the pet you know and love.
The higher the resolution the better. Ideally 300 ppi makes for great detail images.

Not sure? You can send 3 image choices. We can help you pick. Having options may be helpful in choosing the best photo, but the illustration will be from only one. If you wish to know the final choice before work begins, let us know and we'll be happy to do notify you. No more than 3 possibilities per illustration. If you ask to approve the choice in advance, please know that your response time (any delay in your response) will delay your completion date.

Image framing should be consistent with what you want in your final image.
Make sure all parts of your pet can clearly be seen (ears, tail tips, feet) if you want them included in the final illustration.

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Here are some examples of images that are cute pet photos, but not necessarily the best to use when creating your pet's spot illustration - unless of course you want a cropped or squared-off at the edges illustration. Sometimes you do...

If your photo only crops off the very tip of a tail or ear or foot, we can certainly "give it our best shot," but we cannot be held responsible (or made fun of) for failing to get it exactly right. Afterall, with Emma we have obviously a wealth of detailed information to refer to for such things - with your pet, we will only have the images you send.

Here are a couple of better examples.
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Face shots and Standing or Reclining Poses
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Some other useful tips:
Face shots are always fun - the more expressive, the better.
Unless you want a full body illustration, don't worry about the small details - if a toe or tail tip aren't intended to be part of the illustration and aren't that important, then don't worry about having it cropped off.

If you send a full body shot but really only want a "bust" illustration (head, neck and tops of shoulders), please be clear on this in your order form and that's what I will create for you.

The face examples shown in "Yep" are great for bust (face) ilustrations - both full face and profile. The full body pictures, as you can see, include all of Emma's body parts.

Keep in mind your final image size
The width of your final image will be determined by the image provided to work from. For example, if your image has your pet sitting up and looking straight at the camera - a face or "bust" shot - (example 3) the final image will be 8" high, but may only be 4-5" wide. But, if your image has your pet lying down in a horizontal pose or a standing side shot (example 4), the final image will be 8" high, but may be 11" or more inches wide.

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example 3
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example 4

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