Customised / Photo Paint By Numbers - Understanding our Product.
Here are some pointers to help you understand the product before you finalise the order, start your painting.
As mentioned on the product page, your image is designed to be an artistic representation of your photo. Not an exact replica. It is meant to be a fun and relaxing artistic project for you to hang in your home of give a s special gift. Please do not expect it to be of the quality of the great masters of art.
The conversion system, converts you photo in about 36 colours. This is despite your photo containing many 100's of colours. It would be an arduous task to paint several hundred if not tens of thousands of colours not to mention expensive to make and send.
Therefore many hues, shades and tones of the same colour in the photo may show as the same colour on the photo.
There are also differences in screens and devices and how the colours they show. Then there are different colour standards CMYK, RMB and Pantone colour systems - each providing a difference to your eyes and how the finished colour looks.
Hence the converter may actually see a different colour than you do for the same image.
So some blues may come as purple shade, dark greens and dark browns may be black etc.
An important aspect of painting is the ability of the artist to replicate light. Human skill can do this careful application of paint and often many layers in slightly different shades or hues. The converter unfortunately cannot.Here are some tips:The Photo:
- Try and send us a photo with a high resolution.
- The minimum required is 1200 pixels. in this dimension the photo is 40 pixels per center. Roe example, If you wanted say a 30 x 40 cm painting, the minimum recommended size would be 1200 x 1600 pixels per square cm. If you were to send the same photo in the dimension on 3000 x 4000 pixels you will have 100 pixels per cm.
- This would enable greater definition, detail and shades of colours in the painting.
The Picture subject:
- We will always check your image for quality, resolution and size. In most cases will will increase the resolution so you get the best quality image.However this is not always practical as there are a lot of variables involved including the quality of the camera, the exposure settings, focus etc.
- If you want pictures of people, try and then faces as close as possible, that way you will get more detail. People in the distant may result in a non detailed face in some cases.
- Shaded areas on white faces or skin will often generate a greyish colour or in the case of darker skin colours, a darker tone of the skin.
- Landscapes create some issues with distant colours as they tend to blend and it is not possible to capture all the intricacies of the detail such as different shades of dark green etc.
- Cityscapes are the same. There is a lot of detail in buildings that may not replicate to a painting under this converting system. An artist may capture this, but the machine will not.
- Blues in sky and water often gets picked up as purple.
- If you are not totally happy with the colour in the kit, you can try and lighten it or darken it or if you feel really artistic, purchase a small box of paints and try and create the colour you want for that number.
- One way we correct these colour abnormalities is that we have a little box of acrylic paints and various colours. If we need to lighten a colour we'll add a little white (a little at a time) to the tub or black to darken. Other times we ma add blue, red or green to enhance the colours more. Really it is your painting and you can tailor it to suit your eyes. The pattern is the most important part.
- One painting of our daughter which we gave to our family, we abstracted it by changing all the colours (numbers) and replacing them with vibrant almost psychedelic colours. The effect was amazing.
- Often when you start (especially if it's your first painting), you may get a little disheartened. Be patient. Like all good works of art, they are best viewed from a distance and when finished. Colours will blend together in the whole picture.
This is our current project - Sept 2020
- if there are apparent colour differences especially in faces, try and blend a little on the colour lines like you work if painting normally - the effect can be fantastic.
- When you paint, paint the number, not the area. Finish the number then go to the next number.
- Start with the lightest colours and finish with the darkest. That way you can make any alterations to the hue or tone as you go along.
- Buy a canvas from you local discount store - they have many different sizes. Make sure it is the same size as your canvas. using thumb tacks pin you canvas to the frame (we just pin it over the canvas already fixed to the frame.
- When your painting is finished and dry, buy a frame (We use our local Lo Costa store) . We use cloth/Duct tape which we get from the hardware store and tape it to the backing board. We remove the little tabs and gently tap some tacks into the frame to hold the painting. Holds fine for us and saves the expense of a pricey framing store.
- Of course if you want to get a special frame, the visit a framing store and get it professionally framed.
We hope that helps you a little bit. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea and Robert Hansen