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So, you have received an art print in the mail and it is rolled up, we all remember as youths ruining our favorite posters by trying to unroll them by just rolling them back up in the opposite direction, well, we paid a lot of money for an art print and we do not want to do that.

There are a few ways to unroll a print but the easiest way is to just use weight.

All of my prints are delivered in a protective plastic sheet, so they are already safely protected and ready for you to get started.

1 - Open the rolled print with curled ends facing up

2 - Place weight on each corner (approx 2lb)

3 - wait 3-4 hours 

That should do it! Your print should now be ready to frame, alternatively, and the method I use myself, you can place your print under a heavy stack of books, or a heavy box, just be sure that the two surface areas that the print is between are flat or you risk damaging your print or causing indents or bruising to the paper.

How to unroll an art print

When getting a custom cat portrait done it is important that I work from clear, detailed photographs, being able to see the direction of the fur, clarity in the eyes and every last little whisker is going to make your portrait the absolute best it can be, I know it is hard to capture the perfect shot but here are some tips that can help you get just the right photograph for your custom cat portrait.

  •  Toys are a great way to direct your cats attention, dangling something next to the camera/phone or above the camera, whatever direction you would like their eyes to be facing, if your cat is responsive to treats, grab a big handful and use treats to motivate.

  • Use the cats natural curiosity to get them into position, crinkly paper or dry leaves to get their attention, enlist a buddy to help you if you need to.


  • Use natural light 

  • When possible photograph outside, the best time to photograph outside is when the sun is low so that shadows are not as exaggerated. 

  • If taking photos inside, do not use flash photography, this creates dramatic shifts in the lighting and washes out the cats natural colors, try to capture your photos when the room you are in is full of sun, mid day/early afternoon.


  • Get down on the cats level, laying with your belly to the floor and capturing photos while your cat is sitting on the floor will give you a photo that will have a direct look at the cat instead of an aerial view.


  • If you are a bit of a photography buff, refrain from using special settings on your camera such as adjusting aperture, this will cause parts of the image to be out of focus and therefore lacking details, this is a gorgeous effect for photography, but not ideal for painting. 


  • Spend a few days playing around with this to get the cat used to the camera, do not get frustrated on the first day it takes patience to get the right shot but it will be totally worth it when you do.

How to photograph your cat

  • Light is even

  • Cat is looking at camera

  • Colors are bright

  • Cat is relaxed

  • Lighting is even

  • Cat is looking beside camera

  • Colors are bright

  • Cat is relaxed