TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR PHOTO
When selecting the perfect photo for an EmmieBean Custom Portrait, please check to see that:
1. Your photo is big enough.
Please pick a high-resolution, sharp photo. While I wish I could work with every photo, if a photo is too small or poor quality, I can't make out enough detail to draw it accurately. A good test is to put the photo on your computer, zoom in on each person's face, and make sure that person's features are still as sharp as when you viewed the photo from far away. In other words, if a subject's eye looks great from far away, but turns into a pixelated blur when you zoom in a few clicks, this photo won't work.
2. Your photo was taken by a digital camera or a newer phone.
Digital camera photos are ideal, but camera phone photos usually work well too, especially iPhone photos emailed at "Actual Size." Older film pictures, Facebook, and Instagram photos are generally too low-resolution for me to work with. The best way to make sure a photo will work is to email the photo to your home computer and try out the above zoom-test.
3. Your photo is in focus.
Blurry or out-of-focus images don't work well for illustrations because I just can't make out the details.
Here are a few examples to illustrate the points above. Photo 1 is perfect! Photos 2 and 3 are too pixelated and too blurry for me to be able to accurately make out his facial features. For Photos 2 and 3, I'd ask that a customer pick a new photo.