Custom Jigsaw Puzzle Half Cuts. Say What?

Oct 03, 2013

Here’s a typical puzzle dilemma:  you’ve finally finished putting together that 1000-piece puzzle you created from the picture you uploaded to ourMy Personal Puzzle site, and it’s just beautiful. Maybe it’s a picture from a child or grandchild’s first day of school. Or maybe a stunning vista from this year’s vacation. Or a line-up of carved pumpkins from your annual “Gourds to Ghouls” contest.

The problem, however, is that if you get some puzzle glue and a frame and forever save your finished masterpiece, it’s curtains for putting that puzzle together again. And where’s the fun in that?

shutterstock_85754608.jpgTurn images of fun family traditions into a custom jigsaw puzzle. Uploading photos is easy, and the puzzles are high quality, just like your family’s jack-o-lanterns.

We have the answer to this dilemma. With every custom jigsaw puzzle order, we offer you the opportunity to purchase a half cut of that puzzle.  If that’s as clear as mud, we’ll explain.

When we make your personal photo puzzle, we take the photo you upload, mount it on the size board that matches the size puzzle you ordered, and then we use a handmade puzzle die master (more on the handmade puzzle die process in a future video!) to create your one-of-a-kind puzzle. The sharp metal pieces cut completely through the cardboard, creating the individual pieces.

With a half cut — wait for it — we only cut halfway through. So what you’re left with is an exact replica of what your puzzle looks like after you’ve had fun putting it together, except that on the backside the cardboard is totally intact. We then frame it and ship it to you with your actual puzzle. You can hang it on your wall, give it as a gift or, only in the most desperate of situations, use it to harvest spare pieces for the ones your dog ate from your actual puzzle. We don’t recommend this, but it’s always an option.


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Puzzle Quality Tips x

Why am I Getting a Low Quality Score?

When it comes to printing, we need a high quality photo for the best results. The larger the image, the better the results are going to be. If you're uploading a photo we recommend sending us the largest version of the photo you have. Here's some quick tips that may help you.

  • File sizes less than 500k are likely going to be too small of a photo.
  • Try grabbing images directly from your camera, do not re-size them. 
  • For smaller puzzles (like our 16, 100, 250, 500), a great camera setting is 6MP or 3000x2000 pixels
  • For larger puzzles (like our 300, 1000, 1500 piece) a good camera setting would be 10MP or 5000x3600 pixels