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Sharon L Stacy

1 Year Ago

Iphone Image Size Question

While I realize the images we upload can be moved about a bit to create a good image for an iPhone case, I'm curious what are the actual minimal dimensions (pixel size) needed for the case? For example 500x700 is the minimum size for a greeting card. I couldn't find it on the website. I apologize if this has been asked and answered in another thread.

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Roy Erickson

1 Year Ago

Sharon - that's what's wrong with having a discussion that is "mandated" to be the only place and half of it goes into hiding. But - the cases are about 2 1/2 X 4 7/8". Unless I'm "repurposing" an old piece of art - I'm making those in my rd's Smartphone Cover Collection are about 11 X6 at 260 ppi (ok, some are at 200, some at 300) depends on where I start when I create them.

 

Donna Proctor

1 Year Ago

Hi Sharon,

Like Roy, I'm also beginning to make mine larger (I was making them exact to templates and sizes given from other POD sites) now. With the template size from Vista or Zazzle I found there is almost no room at all for the buyer to customize the design unless they go larger on the slider. The problem that I'm encountering with exact dimensions is that once I move the slider bar slightly to the left, I get the warning that the image is not covering the sides.

If you find or notice anything differently, please let us know :)

--Donna Proctor

 

Sharon L Stacy

1 Year Ago

I have some images from my earlier work that I thought might be perfect for iPhone covers but they aren't suitable for big prints so I was trying to gauge how small I could go. I thank you both very much for you replies! :)

 

Loree Johnson

1 Year Ago

I would really like to know the minimum pixel requirements as well. I have asked a couple of times and gotten no answer.

I can tell you that I uploaded a 433x666 image and the site did not stop me from pricing it as a phone case....

 

Donna Proctor

1 Year Ago

Hold on Loree, I'll be back when I find them - correct... it won't stop you period.

OK - this is what I have:

zazzle - 751x1414
vista - 951x1482

What I found with both of these is that there is very little wiggle room from side to side before getting the message that it won't wrap around sides. They don't seem to have an issue on their sites re's sides since they are giving you the exact dimensions to create for them... but we do and I noted that else where, recently... not sure if it's our software, etc.

--Donna Proctor

 

Loree Johnson

1 Year Ago

I'm sure whoever is printing them for pixels.com has minimum pixel requirements. It shouldn't be that hard to let us know what they are...

 

Donna Proctor

1 Year Ago

I agree. I asked Sean for exact dimensions in his first thread after Viv let the cat loose. He said there is no reason to change images to specific dimensions, etc.

Well, that wasn't what I asked for, but I took the hint ;)

Just like you, I want to know. I prefer making dedicated images for them... even though one size fits all. I'm still making dedicated images out of most I am offering for phones... but, since I AM doing that, it would be great to know instead of guessing. Does everything have to be a secret?!? LOL ;)

 

Loree Johnson

1 Year Ago

Exactly. I understand that the customer can use the zoom, slider, etc. to create a case from any part of an image. But, realistically, how many are going to take this:

Art Prints

and come up with this:

Art Prints

These are the kinds of designs I want to create, but I'm only guessing as to whether I have enough pixels or not. The above is 827x1273.

 

Cynthia Decker

1 Year Ago

I am using a 1300 x 2100 pixel image and it seems to be working just fine.

 

Maggie Vlazny

1 Year Ago

Is everyone doing the $5.00 mark up? And Sharon, what a great idea to use images that were too small on the cases. Thx for the idea :)

 

Loree Johnson

1 Year Ago

Ah, but my 433x666 image also "seems to be working just fine."

 

Roy Erickson

1 Year Ago

If you are making a link - don't leave out the equal sign - LOL rd's Smartphone Cover Collection

I have raised the price of mine to $12.50 - I'm working on getting a new camera lens (or a boat). My time in creating these isn't less than if it was a full size that was going to be printed 46 X 26 or something.

 

Sharon L Stacy

1 Year Ago

Thanks for all the responses, glad to see I'm not the only one who was curious. I have some fantastic tiny pixel shots. I'm hoping we can get a definitive answer as to minimum pixel dimensions.

Oh and you're welcome Maggie, 5 cents please LOL

 

Donna Proctor

1 Year Ago

@ Loree, I totally hear what you're saying ;) Beautiful image. The sky image would make for a very cool case!

@ Roy - my prices are $14.95 and $16.95, depending on the image.

 

Roy Erickson

1 Year Ago

Donna - I just price mine all the same - but whatever works.

 

Gregory Scott

1 Year Ago

http://fineartamerica.com/showmessages.php?messageid=1336164

Above is a thread where I posted a template I made for the iPhone 5, and discussed some of the assumptions I made making it.
There are two versions, the better one is the PSD, becase it's "transparent". Note: when using it, you should scale it proportionally. It is NOT sized for optimal dimensions.

The primary assumption underlying the use of the template that I made is that you want the image cropped so that the optimal artistic crop will be "right there" without any adjustment when the user selects the iPhone option. Leaving it to the user/customer to scale/rotate/position the image on the phone is not an artistic choice i would prefer to allow. As I discover the many images that don't work very well for a phone, and the relatively small number of images that do work well (even with editing) I definitely did not wish to default all my images to phone sales.
Out of 800+ images, I have only selected and edited 30 for phone cases, so far.

Part of this is because each phone case image really has TWO different crops: the larger "wrapped" image crop, and the smaller narrow aspect ration primary phone case image. The wrap portion should be considered almost like an outer border or frame. Likewise, hole positions are important.

I've left my images higher resolution than required for such a small print, trusting the printer to be able to do a good job of downsizing the image. Until I get actual pixel dimension used by OUR phone case printer, I'm not going to size/sharpen my images, but leave this to the printing process. I would prefer to know optimal printer dpi/ppi for the phone, but since this information is not being given out for our particular vendor, I will wait to redo my template in this manner until such time as those facts are given out.

 

Donna Proctor

1 Year Ago

@ Roy - agreed. And why I'm creating more work and problems for myself is beyond me ;)

 

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