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3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

May 12, 2019 4 min read 38 Comments

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

So you've got an incredible photo you want to turn into a diamond painting. 

 

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

 

STOP! Before you upload, consider this: while your picture is no doubt beautiful on your computer or phone, some images turn into very bad diamond paintings.

"Garbage In, Garbage Out." 

There are a few things you *MUST* consider about your photo before you submit it to be turned into a custom Paint With Diamonds. 

Here are the 3 secrets to choosing the perfect photo for your custom diamond painting: 

1. Choose Only Large High-Quality Photos. 

2. Pay Attention To The Colors And Shading Of Your Original Photo. 

3. Pick The Canvas That Best Fits Your Photo. 

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1. Choose Only Very Large High-Quality Photos.

Only submit a photo that is:

  • Very Large 
  • Very High-Quality
  • Taken In Good Light 

**If your image is even a little bit blurry or pixellated when you look at it, it will NOT work as a diamond painting. Images need to be super high quality to work.** 

What makes a good photo? Pixels.

Now for the sake of metaphor, imagine each pixel is a nice little diamond. 

The more pixels (diamonds) you can pack into an image (canvas), the more detail you get in your painting. 

We need your photo to have a LOT of pixels (diamonds). That way, when we blow your photo up and print it onto a canvas, your final painting will look as crystal clear as your original photo. 

 

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

IF YOUR IMAGE LOOKS BAD (BLURRY, PIXELLATED) WHEN YOU ZOOM IN: Choose a different image. Your original image is too small to be turned into a diamond painting. Please choose a different image for the best results. 

QUICK TIP: If you have any doubts about your image, use a photo-viewing program to zoom in to your image and see how the image looks. If you're on your phone, simply pinch your screen and zoom in to see how the picture looks up close.  

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

Need help figuring out if your image is large enough? Send an email to cheryl@paintwithdiamonds.com with the words "CUSTOM PWD HELP" in the subject line!

2. Pay Attention To The Colors And Shading Of Your Original Photo. 

One of the most common questions we hear: "Why is the white part of my diamond painting a different color? Why does the black part of my painting contain brown and green diamonds?" 

If your original photo is slightly red, or slightly blue, that color will be magnified 1000x when we turn your photo into a diamond painting kit.

And when there's a slight red hue on your entire photo, that red bleeds into parts of your painting you would expect to be white. Check this out, for example:

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

When we blow up your photo, every pixel becomes much more obvious. It's kind of like looking at your face in one of those super close-up mirrors. You notice every pore, wrinkle, spot, whatever. With your diamond painting, you'll notice every pixel you place with a color that just feels "off." 

To stop this from happening, we recommend making some basic color and tone adjustments in your favorite photo editing program before submitting your photo for a custom. For a free tool you can use to make these adjustments on your own, you can check out LunaPic here

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

What a world of difference some basic color adjustments can make! Pay close attention to the colors and hues in your original photo!

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

As a courtesy, the Photoshop experts at Paint With Diamonds always make enhancements to your photo to make for a gorgeous diamond painting. For example, without color correction, the image above would've had a lot of PINK diamonds where WHITE fur should be. 

3. Pick The Canvas That Best Fits Your Photo. 

The 2 important things to pay attention to here: 

1. Canvas Size: How Big Should Your Canvas Be? 

2. Canvas Orientation: Do I Need A Landscape, Portrait, Or Square Canvas?

How Big Should Your Canvas Be? 

Let me counter your question with another question: how many people, dogs, etc. are in your photo?

Consult the helpful chart below as a reference for what size canvas you should order based on how many people are in your photo!

**We advise that the subject of your photo take up most (70-90%) of the frame for the ideal diamond painting. 

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

When in doubt, here's a good rule of thumb our fans swear by: the larger the canvas you order, the more detail your diamond painting will have.

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

Do I Need A Landscape, Portrait, Or Square Canvas? 

That depends. Is your original image landscape, portrait, or square? 

3 Secrets To Choosing The Perfect Photo For Your Custom Diamond Painting

Make sure you choose a canvas size that corresponds to the aspect ratio of your original photo! 

For example, if your original image is LANDSCAPE, you want to choose a canvas something along these lines: 

  • 30x20cm 
  • 60x40cm 
  • 90x60cm 

**If you select a SQUARE canvas and send us a LANDSCAPE photo, we will have to crop your photo. While I can guarantee you we'll do our best to carve out the perfect diamond painting, I can't guarantee we won't accidentally crop out someone or something you love. 

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Have a secret of your own about choosing the perfect photo? Leave it in the comments down below! 

Share this post with anyone you think will benefit from it :). 


38 Responses

lisa
lisa

April 04, 2020

I work on paper and canvas. I have been varnishing my watercolors for over a decade, and now with UV protective acrylic varnishes and sprays, I frame all my works on paper, including watercolors without a mat or glazing. Generally, I glue the paper to a panel with acrylic matte medium.king
Stacy Brackett
Stacy Brackett

April 02, 2020

I purchased a custom painting and was completely elated with the outcome! It was 8×10, whatever that comes out to. I wish there was a way to upload my painting so you can see how awesome it turned out. There’s a whole lot of detail that I was very doubtful about, but it came out beautiful! I was my mother holding my granddaughter. I’d love to share it if this becomes available to me!

Dolores Dorish
Dolores Dorish

April 02, 2020

I would like to do a picture of my daughter and her husband (who is deceased). Can I send a copy of their wedding picture so I can make a DIAMOND painting of it? What would I have to send to you, just the picture?

Vanessa Faucett
Vanessa Faucett

January 26, 2020

Can you take a picture phone when they Sean it to you from their phone would that work

Onalee Lock
Onalee Lock

January 16, 2020

Can you adjust coloring on photo before making it into diamond art. My dog is a while westie but in any picture I have. Things reflect on his white hair. He is deceased so no do overs. Thank you.

Barbara Bush
Barbara Bush

December 03, 2019

On this site, you have the pictures in centimeters, why not list the actual size in inches. Some people do not recognize items in centimers like myself. It is WAY, too confusing. PLEASE COMPLY.

Linda G Shangraw
Linda G Shangraw

November 20, 2019

I would like to buy some frames. I have two that are 30x 30 two that are 30 x40 and two that are 50 x65cm. Could you help me with buying them. Thankyou

Jas
Jas

November 20, 2019

How do I order my photos & prices please thks

Linda
Linda

October 06, 2019

I am not seeing any prices for personal pictures? I would do square probably 40 inches 2 people and scenery.. any idea on costs

Kathy
Kathy

October 06, 2019

Would love to order one with the horse photo I have would the cost still be 9.99

Victoria Rhoades
Victoria Rhoades

October 06, 2019

I have 3 separate pictures 2 are of my grandkids faces and the third is my daughter..their mother..I would like your professional oppinion on the layout of them…I thought of her in the middle of her kids…I really would like them all in one piece but if not then I will have to settle for doing them separatly

Allison Barr
Allison Barr

August 05, 2019

I would like to get my son and his dad done please

Sarah Rieks
Sarah Rieks

July 18, 2019

How can I upload my photo??

please help me order missing drills for my custom picture
please help me order missing drills for my custom picture

July 18, 2019

Pease help me order missing drills for my custom order

Carolyn Morris
Carolyn Morris

June 04, 2019

I’m looking to make a bulk order (300-350). Id like them to be approximately 5×20 cm (2×8”) with a self adhesive (sticker) backing. What would the approximate cost be?
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Kathy Greene
Kathy Greene

March 05, 2019

How do you order a 60×40 in landscape picture for a custom picture?

Laurie
Laurie

March 05, 2019

Read this before you take the photo. I’m so glad I did. Waiting til spring to take photos of my pets.

Kirsten
Kirsten

February 03, 2019

Hi there,
I have been seeking all the absolutely beautiful to do the 5D artist by the way I wondering if I wanted buy one of them that will be included the accessories for the first time? Or is there seperate the only big the picture to order without the accessories which mean to buy own pen, etc
Let me know ASAP is because I am interesting to buy one of them :)
Many thanks,
Kirsten James-Bell

Donna Groves
Donna Groves

February 03, 2019

I have a Photo in mind, I tried to down load the Photo to my lap top, so I can send it to your web site.

Miro
Miro

January 24, 2019

may I ask, how much it will cost, if I sent my picture & buy only one example/piece of it from you? Portrait on 30X40 cm.
We are in EU.

Thanks you.

Judith SULLIVAN
Judith SULLIVAN

January 15, 2019

I ordered a custom photo and now after reading everything I am not sure that my photo is the highest quality. Please look me up and check my order, let me know if my photo worked okay. If it is not, then I would like to be able to change it. Also, these pictures are huge, some of my family won’t have wall space, do you have anything that is smaller and still is beautiful.

Betty Miller
Betty Miller

January 15, 2019

Why is all pictures in 40×40cm
What is cm and why not inches ???

Sherry Harris
Sherry Harris

January 15, 2019

I have finished 3 custom kits and I love the results. I truly was blown away with the results. They were given as gifts and the family cried when they received them. I plan on doing many more

Zania Langley
Zania Langley

January 15, 2019

How do I send the photo ?
Are your Dimonds High Quality ?

Kathy Rose
Kathy Rose

January 15, 2019

Can you use a panoramic to do 3 panel custom?

Gail Newman
Gail Newman

January 15, 2019

I would like to see the photos I chose before I order! Thank you!

Jenna Ricciardi
Jenna Ricciardi

January 15, 2019

Hi there, if I sent though the photo of my boys could you make the changes it needed for the diamond painting to look like the original image when it’s finished

Gabriele Hulett
Gabriele Hulett

January 15, 2019

Can I mail you a photo of my picture. If so, please give me your address.

Robyn
Robyn

November 20, 2018

Can you use multiple pictures?

Deb Campbell
Deb Campbell

November 20, 2018

I had you do a custom picture of my Siamese cat. You made her eyes gray and clearly they are blue. They are the most beautiful thing about her. Also a lot of the black “diamonds are matt” and some shine and some at so stuck together that I was unable to use them.
Please don’t publish this , I just wanted an answer.

kim calderon
kim calderon

August 03, 2018

Funny you use my dog picture as an example. The picture on the right is after you guys fixed it. That’s not what my finished picture looks like.

Susan Lorch-Kendrick
Susan Lorch-Kendrick

August 03, 2018

I have a professional photo of my sons in a grey scale. Would I be able to take a picture of it and send it to you or would you need the photo to work on and secondly would grey scale work?

Sylvia Gariepy
Sylvia Gariepy

August 03, 2018

Can i just mail you a photo that id like to be made up for diamond painting?

Linda Leonard
Linda Leonard

August 03, 2018

I may order another one as soon as I get this one do e.

Gwen
Gwen

November 20, 2018

I would like to make diamond art of ATL Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and Boston Celtics logos to give as gifts. Is this possible to order, if so what is the cost for 5/7 And 8/10 sizes

sharon
sharon

November 20, 2018

dogs name wae rokita

Peg
Peg

June 20, 2018

Will it work with a black and white photo

Vicki Harris
Vicki Harris

June 20, 2018

I would like a canvas for my Grandson And GrandDaughter together his Birthday is September and so is his Mother.

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