Higher quality images will result in higher quality end results
Generally speaking, any photographs taken on good quality cameras and mobile phones will look great on all products. However, below are our suggestions to get the best results. If you’re unsure about anything, contact us and we will be happy to help.
DPI – we recommend only using images which are above 72 dpi, however images around 300 dpi will give the best results.
Resolution – smaller resolutions (~320 x 240) are okay on smaller products (ie. keyrings, bag tags, cufflinks and pill boxes), however the bigger the product, the better the resolution needs to be. A good rule of thumb is to use images as big as possible, with a minimum of around 1024 x 768. If you’re unsure, get in touch and we will let you know.
DPI – we recommend only using images which are above 72 dpi, however images 300 dpi or more will give the best results.
Resolution – smaller resolutions (~320 x 240) are okay for smaller designs or products (ie. a small or simple engraving, or an engraving on a square tot glass), however the bigger the product, the better the resolution needs to be. A good rule of thumb is to use images as big as possible, with a minimum of around 1024 x 768. If you’re unsure, get in touch and we will let you know.
Image Choice – images with a variety of shadows, and high contrast show up best when engraved. The image should be well exposed, with the elements standing out against the background if possible.
Line Drawings – can be a variety of styles and methods, including: hand-drawn, sketched, digitally produced, photocopies etc.. However, designs appear best when the line is strong and black with a white/transparent background. It’s best to send these in a PNG format as it preserves the quality of the image and enables saving with a transparent background. Remember – the black lines/darker areas get engraved and therefore will come out white on glass.
Images & Photographs – We can print or engrave any image or photograph. The finished design is entirely dependent on the quality of image we receive. See below for our recommended files sizes.
Looking for inspiration? Check out Pixabay for a huge range of free images, or simply search for ‘Royalty Free Images‘ in your search engine.
We have far too many designs to upload to our website, so please get in touch should you not find the one you are after. We have thousands of designs and templates available, ranging from dogs to modes of transport, including designs for various events and occasions, and are sure to have something to suit your needs.
Country Images endeavours to match all colours and designs as closely as possible. However, we cannot guarantee an exact match at all times. For more information, please see our Terms page.
YOUR DESIGN INSTRUCTIONS
What to Include in Your Design Instructions Below are some examples of things you should include in the instructions box when you are designing your product. If no instructions are left, we will design the product to the best of our ability. We will not be held responsible for any issues with the design if instructions are not given.
Country Images offers the use of an online product designer for our printed items. This is to provide customers with the opportunity to view an illustration of their design on our products. Following the submission of your order, we will resize and adapt the image to provide optimal quality and design of the end product. Please note that the designer is there for illustration purposes only – we cannot guarantee an exact copy.
If you have any further design instructions after using the product design, please enter these in the Design Instructions box on the product page, or send us a message.
To initialise our product designer, select Customise on the product page. This will bring up a smaller window showing the product and several options around the outside.
Some products allow you to design more than one side. If this is the case, you’ll see the different side views in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Simply click on these to design each side.
ADD IMAGE – click here to upload your images to the designer. You can select to upload from your computer or from Pixabay. Alternatively, you can drag images into the area provided. This window will also show any images you have already uploaded. Once you have chosen an image, it will appear in the designer. Here, you can move, resize, duplicate, copy or delete the image, using the options provided in each corner.
ADD TEXT – clicking here will bring up a small text window where you can type your text. Once you’re happy with your wording, click ADD TEXT and it will transfer the text into the designer. From here, you can move, resize, duplicate, copy or delete the text, using the options in each corner. You can also select a variety of options in the pop up window, such as text colour, font and style.
DONE – when you’re happy with your design, click here to return to the product page where you can add the product to your basket. Don’t forget to add any design instructions!
Undo/Redo – found at the bottom of the designer, this allows you to revert back to a previous edit, or vice versa.
Download – found in the centre, at the top of your design. This allows you to save the design to your computer.
Print – found in the centre, at the top of your design.
Magnet – found in the centre, at the top of your design. This enables you to arrange items to a grid.
Preview – found in the centre, at the top of your design. Click here to see a preview of your design.
Layers – this allows you to move text or images to the top or bottom of your design. When you click on the layer icon, it will bring up a smaller window. This will show you the items you have uploaded. Simply click and drag the 4 horizontal bars (burger icon) above or below the other elements to choose the order.
Save – this allows you to save the design and upload it again in the product designer.
Magnifying Glass/Zoom – these icons allow you to get a closer look at your design.
Reset – this clears your design, and allows you to start afresh.
If you don’t want create your product online, feel free to get in touch and discuss your specifications with us personally. We will be happy to help and give guidance on designs and ideas as best we can.
For more information regarding your order, please see our FAQ page.