Tips for Designing Panel Wall Art

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At Zazzle, the customization doesn’t stop with the design you create on one of our products. We want you to have options when you’re choosing the product itself, too! We’re excited to offer so many different ways to add some wow-factor to your walls, from the classic poster to wrapped canvas and wood prints, and now we even offer beautiful matte wall panels from our friends at Lamp In A Box!

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Vibrantly printed on durable MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and finished with 0.75″ high organically burnished sides, these panels really stand out! Here are our best tips for making the most of this unique and versatile new product, perfect for kicking any decor up a notch from boring to brilliant.

  • Monograms & Family Names. Put a modern twist on nameplates, and make the house feel more like home, with custom family designs. Classy and classic!

  • Kid’s Room Decor. Every kid needs a space that feels like their own. Let them put their mark on their door, and their room, with a custom panel with their name or initial. (The keyhole on the back makes for easy hanging, too!)

  • Think Panoramic. There’s a lot of room for creativity with choosing different size panels: choose from 2 orientations (horizontal or vertical) and 5 sizes: 6 x 6, 20 x 6, 8 x 8, 11 x 14, and 12 x 12. The panoramic 20 x 6 option is a perfect way to showcase some stunning photography, or kick your creativity into overdrive with a new size of canvas.

  • Be Inspiring. A good quote never goes amiss – and you’ll want it to be an eye-catching daily reminder that can be displayed anywhere. Wall panels are a perfect fit!

  • Get Colorful. The high-res UV printing of our wall panels means your designs will be vibrant for years to come. Make the most of it with designs that really pop – get multi-chromatic with fun designs in pop art style, or bring crowd-pleasers like animals, flags, and sports designs to life by amping up the color.

  • Celebrate the Season. Easy-to-hang prints like our matte panels make for a perfect customizable accent for the changing seasons. Mix and match for a festive feel any time of year!

  • Kitchen Kitsch. The humble kitchen often gets overlooked as a prime spot for adding custom style to your home. Celebrate it for the family hub it is with fun designs that make cooking, eating (and cleaning up after!) even more fun.

  • Customize the Man Cave. These sturdy panel boards with bold black edging make for a perfect finishing touch to any masculine lounge area. Try your own creative take on vintage label styles, classic imagery like cars and motorcycles, hunting and sports decor, or even make up your own fun and fanciful beer labels.

Your imagination is what brings any of our quality wall art to life. So what are you waiting for? Get started creating your own!

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7 thoughts on “Tips for Designing Panel Wall Art”

    1. Hi there,
      There are two different kinds of graphics. the ones that are created in Adobe Illustrator can go up to the size of a barn, and never get jaggy or pixelized. These are called Vector art. it’s a good reason why people should always have their logos designed in Illustrator.

      BUT – the ones taken by a camera or from a program like photoshop are called Raster art. And that art will start getting jaggy or pixelized as soon as you get it past a certain size compared to what it was.

      So, for example, if you pull a photo off the internet, it will probably be only 72 or maybe 100 dpi (dots per inch) – also called pixels. It’s that size because monitors can’t really process anything much bigger than that, and it would also be too big to email etc. The more pixels, the larger it is and the more time it will take to move through the internet when you try to send it by email etc.

      NOW by comparison, most of the printed things you see on paper are at least 300 dpi. And that is really what to aim for if you are printing something on a poster or a panel. You might be able to get by with 250 but that would be pushing it.

      So when you open a photo if you have a program like photoshop or photoshop elements, you can go to ‘size’ and see how big it is in both measurement and pixels.
      If your photo is 5 x 7 and it’s 300 dpi, then if you try to make it 8 x 10 you could probably get away with it. But if you go any larger, it will start getting jaggy.

      If you don’t have photoshop, then you can try to look at the size by pressing command-i on the icon for the picture file. If you are hoping to have a really good looking 16 x 20 panel, the size of the file should be about 16 mb or bigger. You may be able to get away with something as small as 8 mb depending on how much informaation is in the photo –ie, how much color etc.

      I am not employed by zazzle, but i know that if you put in a photo that is not up to par for a panel, the system will tell you it is not big enough.

      Dom’t be fooled into thinking you can just enlarge a photo through photoshop, up from 5 x 7 to 12 x 16 without it getting jaggy. It might look good on your monitor but it will be pixelized.

      I hope this helps a little bit. if you want to use images from your camera, read the instructions and adjust the size of the images to the maximum size so that you can have more to work with. if you purchase stock images from istockphoto or veer, etc., purchase the larger size that they indicate as your choice. Or if it’s a graphic design, choose the file referred to as a vector file or an .eps.

      1. Great tips! Just a general reminder for everyone that images found on the internet are subject to copyright. Make sure that any image you upload to any part of Zazzle is fully owned by or licensed to you! 🙂

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