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How to select good quality diamond paintings?

by Beenish Aziz on August 26, 2020

Diamond painting is a relatively new art form where it breaks images down into patterns, very similar to cross stitch. Small, glossy tiles are then applied to canvas to make the pattern. The tiles which are often called rhinestones or drills, are color matched to the DMC thread colors and are 2.5mm in size. One side of the tile is flat which is stuck onto the canvas whilst the other is 5D, giving the design a sparkling finish. Diamond painting designs will provide you with many hours of fun and relaxation as they are all large projects. The larger the design canvas, the more detail in the final product. All of the designs are full coverage which means that the whole design is made up of the rhinestones.

Do you have a favorite photo that you would like to make into a diamond painting. No problems. We also provide the service of converting your photos or image into a pattern and can provide the supplies for your custom diamond painting.


  • Choose Only Large High-Quality Photos.
  • Pay Attention To The Colors And Shading Of Your Original Photo.
  • Pick The Canvas That Best Fits Your Photo.

1. Choose Only Very Large High-Quality Photos

Only submit a photo that is:

  • Very Large
  • Very High-Quality
  • Taken In Good Light

If your image is even a little bit blurry or pixellated when you look at it, it will NOT work as a diamond painting. Images need to be super high quality to work. Pixels make a good photo. Now for the sake of metaphor, imagine each pixel is a nice little diamond. The more pixels (diamonds) you can pack into an image (canvas), the more detail you get in your painting. Your photo is needed to have a LOT of pixels (diamonds). That way, when your photo blows up and printed onto a canvas, your final painting will look as crystal clear as your original photo.

IF YOUR IMAGE LOOKS BAD (BLURRY, PIXELLATED) WHEN YOU ZOOM IN: Choose a different image. Your original image is too small to be turned into a diamond painting. Please choose a different image for the best results.

QUICK TIP: If you have any doubts about your image, use a photo-viewing program to zoom in to your image and see how the image looks. If you're on your phone, simply pinch your screen and zoom in to see how the picture looks up close.

2. Pay Attention To The Colors And Shading Of Your Original Photo.

One of the most common questions from customers is: "Why is the white part of my diamond painting a different color? Why does the black part of my painting contain brown and green diamonds?"

If your original photo is slightly red, or slightly blue, that color will be magnified 1000x when we turn your photo into a diamond painting kit. And when there's a slight red hue on your entire photo, that red bleeds into parts of your painting you would expect to be white. When we blow up your photo, every pixel becomes much more obvious. It's kind of like looking at your face in one of those super close-up mirrors. You notice every pore, wrinkle, spot, whatever. With your diamond painting, you'll notice every pixel you place with a color that just feels "off." To stop this from happening, we recommend making some basic color and tone adjustments in your favorite photo editing program before submitting your photo for a custom. Pay close attention to the colors and hues in your original photo!

3. Pick The Canvas That Best Fits Your Photo.

The 2 important things to pay attention to here:

  • Canvas Size: How Big Should Your Canvas Be?
  • Canvas Orientation: Do I Need A Landscape, Portrait, Or Square Canvas?


It is based on how many people, dogs, etc. are in your photo? the best approach is that the subject of your photo take up most (70-90%) of the frame for the ideal diamond painting. The larger the canvas you order, the more detail your diamond painting will have.


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