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Preparing your Photo or Name/Text Content.

Choosing the best Photograph, and getting it to us.
Part 1. The most important thing to remember is that the engraving can only be as good as the photograph. An out-of-focus photo will produce....... an out-of-focus engraving. Be careful about the background, try to choose a photo with a plain background, that contrasts with the subject. Remember, an image with poor contrast will produce poor contrast.

And, with regard to contrast, it is obvious that black objects against a black table will not show up well. What is not obvious is that any engraving is essentially a Black and White, (actually "Grayscale") process. And if you have a red subject against a blue background that looks good in colour, it may not look good when converted to Grayscale if both the red subject and the blue background convert to the same Gray level!

You can check this for yourself with most basic image processing software, as they can convert a copy of your photograph to Grayscale. Or there is an excellent online conversion facility offered by Online Image Resizer. To use that Click Here, and then click "Launch Image Resizer"; then follow the instructions. After uploading your colour image (which must be jpg or gif, and less than 2MB in size), choose the "Convert to Grayscale (B&W)" box and you will see the Grayscale image.

Alternatively, just send us an email with your photograph attached by Clicking Here, and we will return your image converted to Gray Scale.

Part 2. In general, the brighter and whiter the subject is, the better. And try to avoid pictures where there is a lot of "clutter" in the background; whether the clutter be objects or other people.

If we think your picture will not produce a good outcome we will let you know, so that you can get good results another way.

Surprisingly, "Passport" style photographs of people work very well, as they usually just feature the person (s) that you want, on a plain background, without any other objects in view.

You may wish to "crop" before you send your picture to us, or we can do that for you following your instructions.

Parts 2 & 3: Summary. To produce good results the original photograph will be very bright, and in focus; the area to be engraved will have a wide range of significant contrast when viewed as Grayscale.

Part 3. Getting the Photo to us. If you are starting from an actual, rather than digital, photograph you have two choices. Either post the photograph to us and we will scan it and return it to you (Click Here to obtain our Postal address). Or get it scanned and proceed as follows.

For digital images you have a number of options. If the image already exists on the Web just tell us the web address, and which photo it is, and we will download it for you. If it is not on the Web you can email it to us directly as an attachment by Clicking Here.

If the photograph is on your mobile phone, and your phone is capable of sending emails just send it to info@MyPhotoEngraved.com. Or send it to us using the Mobile Phone SMS facility. Click Here to obtain our Mobile telephone number.

 

Name/Text & Fonts
There is no preparation necessary, other than checking for spelling mistakes! However you may wish to give some thought as to the font, size and style of the lettering.

We have many available fonts for you to choose from. The full set of five pages of Thumbnails can be viewed by clicking here. (You can Click on the Thumbnail to see a larger image.) By default we use Arial Font. We also find that "Comic Sans MP", "One Stroke Script LET" and "Times New Roman" are popular font choices.

In addition to having this large choice of Fonts, we can also apply lettering styles.

That is Normal, Bold, Italic. We also have an Outline style in which we only show the outlines of each letter.

 

Positioning
Unless you require an alternative we will normally position the engraving in the centre of the front of the body of the Zippo.

Below are the options:

Front or Back of Zippo. Body or Lid, or spread over both. Centred in the middle or, a specific clock position from 1 to 12. (3 O'clock would mean middle right, 6 O'clock would mean bottom centre.)

 

Special Effects
We can apply many digital special effects to your Engraving. For example, Stretch a Name to fill the Body, or place the photograph behind Jail Bars. You can also add lighting effects, warp or shape the images and, of course, remove red eye. The processes also include use Lens effects such as Distortion and some Artistic effects, just tell us what Special Effects you are interested in.

 

 

To see examples of Special Effects we start with the image on the right for Photos, and the names below for Name/Text.

 

 

To see some of these effects Click Here.

(You can Click on the Thumbnail to see a larger image.)

 

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