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.
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.
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 :)
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! :)
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.