What Are We Looking For?
In order to produce a good portrait, we need a photo of the person which shows the complete head, and full width of the body, down to the waist or slightly above.
Most photos should be scanned at 100% size, but if you have a very small photo after cropping, you should enlarge it to 150% or 200%. When scanning a TIF (.tif) file, set the resolution to whatever is needed in order to have a 2 – 2.5 MB (megabyte) file or slightly less. JPEG files transmit more quickly and we can produce a good portrait from them if they are scanned and saved at a HIGH RESOLUTION. Average-sized photos generally require a resolution of 300 dpi, while a very small photo would need to be scanned at as much as 1200 dpi.
If you choose to use a professional photo, be sure to review our Copyright section so you secure and send us the required copyright release.