The kit I purchased from you was my first attempt with oils and I loved every minute of it. The finished item was a gift for my father and he has had it on the wall of his living room ever since. Becki

Turning your photo into paint by numbers

Some photos are better than others!

We want our customers to create paintings they are proud to hang on the wall. This means starting with a good photo. 

Photos need to be in focus with as much detail as possible. This is especially true for portraits. Faces need to take up most of the picture – a good rule of thumb is that you need to be able to see a persons eyes clearly. Unless they are wearing sunglasses (which incidentally look really good in paintings!).

We can crop a photo to concentrate on one area – but it needs to be large enough to begin with – if you zoom in and the details of faces are lost, then there isn’t enough detail for a painting. Photos from phones can be fine – if in doubt, email the photo over to us and we’ll let you know.

Top tips for pet portraits! Dogs don’t stay still for long so it’s helpful to enrol a friend if you are taking a photo for a painting. While one of you takes the photo the other can hold the attention of the dog with a treat. We like photos taken from down at the dog’s level or with the dog gazing upward towards the camera. Most dogs look really sweet when they are asleep so that can be an easier option! Cat photos look great if they are looking at the camera and the head takes up a good amount of space so you can really see their eyes.

The better lighting a photo has, the more colours we can use, giving a much richer image. Photos taken in good natural light – either out of doors or in a bright room are great. It’s generally best to avoid direct sunlight for portraits as there can be heavy shadows on the face.

If you are not sure about a photo you can email it to us and we will advise. Sometimes an image that won’t work out as a colour painting will look great in sepia tones or greys.