Information About Options - Numbering and White Backing on Puzzles

Information on Options

White Backing: The "regular" backing on our puzzle board is a light gray color that is specially ordered specifically for our Wedding Puzzles. We purchase a specialized board that is thicker than most and features a lighter color, which is appealing and easy to write on. The board is 100% recycled board. We provide the opportunity, on some of our puzzles, to add a white backing for an additional fee.  We cannot add the white backing to our 20x30 inch and larger puzzles.  

Numbering:

While we cannot number all of our puzzle offerings, we can number most. If available, we hand number our puzzles on the back and in the bottom right-hand corner. We use several different writing utensils to achieve this. We will number most puzzles in pencil, in the bottom right-hand corner with the numbers facing you. We may number puzzles in pen if the optional white backing has been selected, or if you have ordered multiple puzzles so you can differentiate between the puzzles. Which writing utensil is completely up to The Missing Piece Puzzle Company, LLC's choice.

 Assembling a Numbered Puzzle: 

Choosing to have your puzzle numbered is an excellent choice.  Many of our puzzles feature similarly shaped and sized pieces that are not exact, which makes them very challenging to assemble.  When assembling a numbered puzzle please follow these steps:

1.  Gather two pieces of cardboard or similar flat board to use to assemble to puzzle on top of.  Cookie sheets work well as the material should be rigid and not bend.

2.  Place all puzzle pieces with the numbers facing up and toward you.  The numbers will be in the bottom right-hand part of the piece. 

3.  Place the puzzle pieces with the numbers in the bottom right-hand corner in numerical order (1, 2, 3, etc.) until completely assembled.

4.  Carefully flip the puzzle. 

 

What Works Best When Writing On My Puzzle?

We recommend that on most standard puzzles with a natural backing that you write with a medium ballpoint pen (sold separately). We recommend either medium ballpoint pens or Sharpie Markers (sold separately) for our puzzles that have an optional white backing, either front or back. Gel pens and fine tips do not work well on porous puzzle pieces.  

Photo Upload Recommendations for a High Quality Puzzle
RECOMMENDED RESOLUTION GUIDE for
Photo Enlargements
*Higher resolutions will have even better results.
96dpi or greater
  • 8" x 10": 1200 x 1500 pixels
  • 10" x 13": 1500 x 1950 pixels
  • 16" x 20": 2400 x 3000 pixels
  • 20" x 30": 3600 x 5400 pixels
We recommend that you use images that are equal to or larger than the recommended sizes.  .jpeg or .jpg only please

If you are uploading a photo from a cell phone, please be sure to transfer the file in its highest resolution.  For example, on the IPhone, please transfer the file as "Actual Size".  Most files are compressed when transferred, leading to a loss of clarity and resolution. Transferring at the highest setting will provide better results.

 

Simply click the displayed "browse" button to view the files on your computer's hard drive, floppy drive or digital camera. Select the image file you wish to upload and click OK. Now just click the "Add to Cart" button for the product you desire, and your photo will automatically be uploaded to our production servers and electronically attached to your order.

Please note the following:

Uploading Image 
Files must be 20MB or smaller and jpeg format. The upload time will depend on the file size and your Internet connection speed. Please be patient when uploading a large image.

Please try to use the best-quality image possible.

Uploading from Cell Phone  
If you are uploading a photo from a cell phone, please be sure to transfer the file in its highest resolution.  For example, on the IPhone, please transfer the file as "Actual Size".  Most files are compressed when transferred, leading to a loss of clarity and resolution. Transferring at the highest setting will provide better results.

Best Size for Image
Depending on print area and size of your photo, minimum photo size requirements will vary. For best print quality your photo needs to be at 300 dpi. For example, if your photo is 3000 x 2400 pixels in size, it will print best at 10 x 8 inches or smaller.

Our photo editing process will inform you if your image is below minimum size.

Low-Quality Image
If your image is below the minimum resolution/size requirements, do not simply increase the size in your editing software. You must either rescan the image or use a higher-quality image.

Older Generation Phone Cameras
Please note that most older generation phone cameras will produce photos of very low quality that are too small for print reproduction. Photos downloaded from Facebook are also of lower quality.

Scanning Photographs
When scanning in photographs, please use a resolution of 300 dpi or more. When taking digital images, set your camera at the highest possible resolution. You can always reduce the resolution later. Low-resolution images cannot be increased without loss of image quality.

Cropping of Image
Your image will be reproduced as it appears. In some cases, we may crop the image for size, to fit the product you order. Close-ups and images with bright colors will produce the best results.

(We reserve the right to refuse reproduction of submitted photos at our discretion should they be licensed, copyrighted, or deemed inappropriate for language, content or material.)