Coming up with an image for custom pet paintings can be hard, to say the least. After all, which of one's favorite images will reveal your pet or cat in the perfect light? Which picture is going to show the real personality of one's best pal?

While some people know, without the need to think about it, which photograph is the one they want, some people don't. Thus, it is helpful to have a large number of images for the artist to inspect. Within custom pet photo can draw from numerous pics to 'compile' or put together custom pet portraits.

The first rule when selecting a photo for an artist to work from, then, is never dispose of an old Kodak of one's pet. And, be sure to have the complete selection readily available for the artist to utilize. Even a vintage pet drawing your child might have made may have some use to the painter.

This rule, of not throwing out any photograph, pertains to every image you might possess. Okay, the fur shading might not be fantastic in one pic, but the pose might be great. So you select a good pose, and use the fur shading from another jpeg.

One of the things an artist will always look for is whether the eyes are clean and clear. A far away and fuzzy shot might not show perfectly, crisp eyes, but another photo might do just fine. This is the classic case of two images being brought together to help make the perfect blend which results in the perfect painting of your buddy.

Here are some things I've found useful over my years of painting. An image of a pet with a child in it...you'll be able to 'delete' the child and concentrate on that loving look in your cat or dog's eyes. Or, a distant photo, when zoomed and cropped for a close up, might reveal enough detail for the artist.

Another thing that frequently arises is an off center image. With today's wonderful computers one can easily center and focus. This makes a photo that the owner may not think useful to actually have extreme value.

To bring this subject to a close, look for the best picture you can. In the event that you don't have one that displays your furry pal in the best way, choose a couple shots and send them along to the artist. And, most significant, always send copies, don't send the initial image for the painter to make your custom pet paintings with.