What are Custom Puzzles?

What are Custom Puzzles by MakeYourPuzzles.com

In recent years personalization of products became a Mega Trend in many different industries. More and more industries and companies are joining the mass-customization bandwagon. Many are niche manufacturers and start-ups. Others are big brands that have added customization and personalization options to their portfolio.

Before explaining the nature of Custom Puzzles, let’s first talk about "traditional" jigsaw puzzles so we can understand the difference between them and custom photo puzzles.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Traditional jigsaw puzzles, published by many puzzle companies around the world, use selected artwork and graphics as the puzzle image, and are manufactured in a mass production manner. You can buy these puzzles at big box stores, bookstores, online retailers among other sales channels.

So, you can pick a puzzle title (from the shelf) that you like and that’s pretty much the end of it. Still a lot of fun to assemble these type of puzzles.

Custom Puzzles

There are so many different terms for these type of puzzles, so let's call it Custom Puzzles since this term includes all kinds of personalized puzzles such as on-demand puzzles, photo puzzles, customizable puzzle among others. 

Custom Puzzles are not produced to shelf (for retailers) but produced on demand (make-to-order) mainly for end-consumers. This means once an order is placed, this puzzle will be produced to the unique specifications submitted to the manufacturer and will be shipped (in most cases) directly to your door. This concept allows the consumer to either design or select their own custom jigsaw puzzle images and create further content as well. So you can pick your favorite picture and make your own puzzle. Pretty cool to be able to design your own personalized puzzles!

Custom Puzzle Types

There are two major categories within the custom photo puzzle market. "Classic" Custom Photo Puzzles with one image per puzzle and then there is the Collage Photo Puzzles that allow the consumer to add more than 1 image to the puzzle. In most cases there are collage puzzle templates you can choose from so you don't have to design the collage layout from scratch.

At MakeYourPuzzles we offer a third category. Our customers can create their own puzzle by selecting a picture from a stock database with over 140 million images; we call them Pro Photo Puzzles. You can browse by theme such as cities, national parks, cars, animals etc. and find your perfect image and the best thing you do not have to worry about the image resolution since they are all high-resolution pictures and even our bestseller the 1000 piece custom photo puzzle is not a problem anymore!

Custom Puzzles by MakeYourPuzzles

Custom Photo Puzzle characteristics

Product personalization is mega-trend for the last couple of years and technology and advanced manufacturing processes combined with the latest software solutions have allowed manufacturers to expand their on-demand portfolio and custom photo puzzles are one of the latest on-demand product categories.

What part can I customize/personalize on my jigsaw puzzle?

Basically, a custom photo puzzle product concept allows the consumer to personalize certain aspects of the puzzle. The most basic personalization options are:

Upload Your Pictures

    Upload your favorite pictures and add them to the puzzle; use your favorite images from your mobile devices such as phone or tablet or your computer but make sure these images don't have a copyright if not yours!

    Adding Text To The Puzzle

      The second most common customization option is adding your own text to the puzzle image. It can be greeting lines, names or whatever you like to add to the puzzle image. Some manufacturers offer a library or clip-arts that can be added to the puzzle image such as (Christmas) trees, snowflakes, animals among other clip-art illustrations.

        These are the typical options offered in the current market, however a few premium custom puzzle manufacturers offer even more customization and personalization options.

        Custom Puzzle Box

        At MakeYourPuzzles, we offer to go a step further and customize and personalize the custom puzzle box as well. Choose from 30+ designs (more to come soon) and add your text, clip-arts or even additional pictures to the puzzle box and make it truly your own unique puzzle. Since our custom puzzle box is a true rigid box construction and well-made, you can use it as a gift box as well - no need to buy any additional gift box or wrapping.

        Fully Customizable Puzzle

        So if you go with a premium custom photo puzzle manufacturer like MakeYourPuzzles.com, you can create your own unique photo puzzle; absolutely at the same high quality level as you would get from one of the few premium stock puzzle manufacturers and put the final unique touch to the puzzle box as well.

        Premium Quality

        Custom Puzzles are fun and are perfect gifts for yourself, family, or friends so we encourage you today to make your own puzzle. However, not all puzzles are the same…so do you research and buy a premium (does not have to be the most expensive one) photo puzzle since it will last for a long time and will give you much pleasure!

        Secondly, check for personalization options, puzzle board material and check on the puzzle box since some retailers use generic boxes with just a paper label adhered to the top of the box and neither do they look professionally made nor attractive. You literally will see the difference if you check for images online.

        MakeYourPuzzles.com Differences!

        At MakeYourPuzzles.com we believe that a personalized product needs to exceed the expectation of our customers. Our role model puzzles are the quality stock jigsaw puzzles produced by the premium publishers worldwide and our goal was to transfer this quality standard to the custom photo puzzle market at an affordable price. Our custom puzzles are made from premium raw materials, Made in the USA and we offer our puzzles at an affordable price - matter of fact our puzzles (Made in the USA) are averagely 14% less expensive than our competitors.

        Custom Puzzle Categories by MakeYourPuzzles

        Custom Photo Puzzles

        Share your picture perfect moments for years to come. Turn your favorite picture into a puzzle with a click of a button at MakeYourPuzzles.com. It has never been easier to create your own premium custom photo puzzle; just select the puzzle size and picture orientation, upload your favorite image, optionally add your text, clip-art to the puzzle and let us do the rest. Within a few days you will receive your own Custom Photo Puzzle.

        Collage Photo Puzzles

        Do you want to share the best of pictures with your loved ones, but you cannot pick just one? Fret no more: with our collage photo puzzles, you can pick up to 64 photos to create a special gift that will last a lifetime! Don’t spend hours sifting through photos, stressing over the one perfect picture. You can choose 2 or more photos to create a personalized collage photo puzzle. Make a personal collage of your vacation pictures, wedding photos or snapshots from any special occasion to create a picture puzzle that will entertain your loved ones for years to come!

        Do you want to create a brilliant collage of photos into a puzzle, but it all sounds too complicated? Wonderful news, with our easy navigation customizer, creating a custom collage is a snap! Choose one of our 96+ collage templates, working with between 2 to 64 images of your choice. Even low-resolution images will show up great when placed as smaller images.

        Pro Photo Puzzles

        Have you ever thought about creating your own puzzle? Now, this isn’t just about sending in your pictures to be made into puzzles. We know how difficult it is to find high resolution pictures to make the large custom photo puzzles you want.

        Would you like to use an image of your favorite Landscape, Sport, Park, Pets or City but don't know how to find them? Are you bored with the limited stock puzzles you have? Then, we bring to you the first of its kind; A catalog of high resolution pictures to choose from and customize your puzzles. A picture for every keyword. Every landscape. Every city. We offer access to a 140 million high resolution photo databases. You can browse through different categories and pick the picture you love. You can also add your own text to finalize the customization process for your own unique Custom Photo Puzzle.

        Eco-Friendly Custom Puzzles

        Today, we offer premium custom photo puzzles made from 100% recycled blue puzzle board so the pieces will fit perfectly, we use the latest printing technology, and offer a sturdy well-made puzzle box (free of charge) which has the puzzle image printed on top of the lid.

        Recently we introduced our new biodegradable plastic bag (each puzzle is bagged within the box) so our custom puzzles are 100% eco-friendly by now and all packaging is curbside recyclable.


        What Puzzle Sizes Do You Offer?

        Currently we offer the following puzzle size and piece counts:

        • 1000 piece puzzle, 19.25" x 26.63"
        • 500 piece puzzle, 19.25" x 26.63"
        • 260 piece puzzle, 12.75" x 16.00"
        • 100 piece puzzle, 12.75" x 16.00"

        Not Sure Which Size To Choose?

        So what size will work best for you? Our recommendations are as follows:

        100 pieces: Children 6-7 years old

        260 pieces: Children 8-9 years & adults

        500 pieces: Children 10+ & adults (5+ hours are often required)

        1000 pieces: Children 10+ & adults (10+ hours are often required)

        The level of difficulty and time required may vary based on the uploaded photos. Rule of thumb is as more colorful the photos are, the easier the puzzle process seems to be.

        What Is The Recommended Image Resolution?

        The higher the resolution, the better the quality of your printed photo puzzle. The final product also depends strongly on the resolution of the original digital photo.

        If your image has a minimum length of 1600 pixels on its longest side, this is sufficient for a puzzle of 100, 260 pieces. This measurement corresponds approximately to a picture taken with a 2-megapixel camera. For a puzzle consisting of 500 and 1000 pieces, we recommend a minimum of 2500 pixels, corresponding to a 4-megapixel digital camera/phone camera.

        We recommend a minimum dpi (dots per inch) of 100 dpi and a maximum of 300 dpi.

        What File Formats Do You Support And What Is The Maximum File Size?

        We only process JPG (jpg, jpeg) and PNG formats. Most digital cameras automatically take pictures in the required JPG format!

        The maximum file size you can upload is 50MB (megabyte) per file.

        How Long Will It Take To Process An Order?

        Generally, orders are processed within 2-3 business days and are shipped fast. This time may vary during any holidays or at various times during the year, such as graduation time, Mother's Day, Valentine's day and Christmas orders may take more time to process.

        We offer rush order service at these times for an additional fee. Please contact customer service at info@makeyourpuzzle.com for more information.


        What custom puzzle type do you prefer?

        • Custom Photo Puzzles (one picture)?

        • Collage Photo Puzzles?

        • How about our Pro Photo Puzzles?

        Please let us know in the comments!


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