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Learn How to Create Custom Wall Decals at Fathead®

Fathead brought vinyl wall decals to national prominence by providing many homes with licensed graphics of all sizes. Now, you can create your very own Fathead wall decal featuring yourself, a child or grandchild, a pet, or anything you have a photo of!

The unique quality of a die cut wall decal is that the background is removed, leaving the primary image in the photo as the finished product. You can select up to three images from the photo to be die cut. For example, you might select a child, a pet and a ball.

There are certain steps to take to ensure that your custom creation looks its best and is able to transform a wall in your home or office.

Getting the Right Photo for Your Custom Wall Decal

The most important step in creating a custom wall decal is getting the right image. Images must be high resolution (a large digital image). The higher the resolution, the sharper and larger the finished product will be. We suggest you follow these guidelines:

  • Use an image more than 2MB in size.
  • Use an image greater than 1800 x 1800 pixels in size.
  • Use an image with between 180-300 DPI (Dots Per Inch).
  • You can upload JPEG, GIF, TIFF and PNG photo files through our online tool when creating your custom Fathead.
  • For other file types, including PDF, PSD, AI, EPS and SVG, or if you are experiencing difficulty uploading a file, please call 1-877-328-8877 for professional assistance.

If you're planning on taking a photo, use a digital camera that can take a high quality, high resolution digital photograph. You may have to adjust your settings to get the highest picture quality. We found following these steps when taking a picture for your custom wall decal produces the best end product:

  • Limit the use of zoom. Zooming decreases the resolution of the image.
  • Get as close to the subject as possible so that it fills up the shot.
  • Make sure there is adequate lighting; dim photos make for a dim custom creation.

You must own the rights to the image(s). If you took the photograph that you’re sending us then you own the rights. If someone else took the photograph, you need permission from that person to use the photograph for a Fathead Custom Creation. If you used a professional photographer he or she should be able to provide you with a release form. If you upload a licensed image or an image you do not own the rights to, we will not be able to produce your wall decal.

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Important Tips for the Perfect Wall Decal

Be sure your subject to be cut out is in the center of the photo and fills up the frame as much as possible. Don't cut off part of your subject – we can't add it in later.

If you want us to cut out the background so you can put up the boy in the blue baseball uniform and the ball, you need to tell us. Please give us instructions in the “Design Instructions” section when creating your custom product.
Please note: With your die-cut vinyl print, you may select up to three separate people or objects to be cut out from the background. If you wish to do so, you'll need to tell us which items you wish us to include in the finished product. For information on additional cuts, please contact customer service at 1-877-FATHEAD (1-877-328-4323).

Benefits of Ordering Your Custom Die Cut Decal from Fathead

Making your custom die cut wall decal at gives you a print that is made of high-quality vinyl with a self-adhesive back. This prevents fading and tearing of your graphic and allows you to move it and reuse it without damaging your walls. Fathead offers a variety of options to ensure your Custom Creation looks great.

  • Variety of Sizes — From 8" x 10" to 48" x 78"
  • Red Eye Correction
  • Color Effects — Black & White, Sepia or Color Isolate
  • Image Effects — Illustration or Watercolor
  • Remove up to Three Objects from the Background

We'll check the image quality when you upload it and tell you if it's going to be OK for the Custom Creation size you chose. If you receive a warning that the resolution is too low, we recommend you upload a different photo.

We also offer free digital proofs via email so you can review your product before it is printed. If you chose to receive a digital proof, please allow an additional 3 business days to receive your custom wall decal. Without a digital proof, custom wall decals take 7 to 14 business days to process and design plus shipping time. If we have any problems with the photo you provided, we’ll let you know.

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