We will turn your treasured photo into a puzzle your family will enjoy for generations. We can work with any photo, file, print or slide that you have, though these days most images come to us as digital files attached to emails.
Custom Puzzle Prices
7″ x 11″ or 8″ x 10″ (~240 pcs) $190
10″ x 15″ or 11″ x 14″ (~330 pcs) $320
15″ x 22″ or 16″ x 20″(~650 pcs) $550
Usually, a custom puzzle is simply one of my designs made into a puzzle with your picture. However often we alter the design to add special figure pieces, lettering and/or numbering (usually dates). We can alter the image as well; that opens all kinds of possibilities.
The wedding puzzle at right shows special drop out figures and letters. Read more about this puzzle on my blog.
Letters and words can be made into pieces or can become drop out lettering. An example is the collage at right.
Drop out lettering is effective in sections of the puzzle where the image is not important. See Magnificent 7 at right. Lettering as pieces are useful because they can be put anywhere in the puzzle and not interrupt the picture. Read more about this puzzle.
I charge $25 a piece and a minimum of $50. Normally a date, December 24 2014, count as three pieces. A short name, Toby, would be one piece, Ignatz 2 and Mehitabel 3.
What I find exciting is now we can more easily make collages and resurrect pictures that need help. Here is an example of a small beautiful but out-of focus picture made into a romantic puzzle.
Here is an example of a poor picture completely altered into a fantasy puzzle: A Silk Purse from a Sow’s Ear. Read more on about this puzzle on my blog.
Guidelines for Choosing a Puzzle Image
- Send digital images via email unless they are over 5 MB, in which case, mail me a CD (see our article on digital photo enhancement)
- If you don’t have a digital image, just send us what you do have. We will work with it. A good example of what we can do is the Marriage Proposal puzzle on our Gift Giving page. The small B&W print we had to work with was beautiful (Paris in the 30s?), but out of focus. So, we did not enlarge it to a full 11″ x 14″ size, but put the drop-out-lettering in the wide border and made one of my favorite puzzles of all time.
- Select an image with subtle contrasts
- Don’t exclude photos with vast backgrounds. I can crop an image to minimize the background.