How a Parallax Puts a New Spin on Artwork: The Perfect Idea for Comparing Images

Mother's Day Parallax Art from Left and Right Perspective

We all have artists in our life.

Whether they're friends, professional artists, or even our kids, it's likely you know someone who always has a sketch pad in their bag.

What's a great way to showcase their work? We think it's a Parallax.


A Parallax is perfect for expressing their inspired creativity!

Why you ask?

It's because a Parallax holds two images within one frame.

A sketch artist can recreate a photo or a famous work of art and combine both the original and the copy in one coherent image.

Or you can combine your daughter's drawing of her and mommy with the picture on which she based that drawing.
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Here's how you do it:

  1. Download the Artwork Template here and print it out.
  2. Have your artist start creating within the box on the template.
  3. Scan your artwork in as a JPG file on a scanner.
  4. Load your files into the editor on the website and crop accordingly. 
  5. Select your frame color.
  6. Add to cart!

Tips for Your Drawing 

Using the Parallax Art Template
  • Download the template! The bounding box on the template is the perfect size for the drawing you want.
  • Be sure that the artwork fits within the bounding box. This will help out later when we are making adjustments in the editor on the website.
  • Use rich colors so that your print is as vibrant as possible. Markers, colored pencils, and acrylic paints will work best!
  • If you are mimicking a photo or another piece of art be sure to have the subjects approximately the same size. For example, if your photo has a face filling up most of the space in the image, draw your artwork with a face filling the bounding box.
  • If you happen to already have a drawing go ahead and put it into the editor on the website and see if the crop works!

Tips for Uploading Your Drawing

  • Use a scanner if at all possible. If your home printer has a scanner built in, that will be sufficient. If you don't have a scanner at home, run over to a local Office Depot or Staples and have them scan it for you. Be sure to select a JPG file format as that will make it a seamless upload process on the website.
  • There are scanner apps for smartphones that can help you with this as well.
  • As a last resort, you can use your phone's camera to take a photo of the artwork. You will need to find bright, even lighting to get a¬†good result. A really great option is to go outside and lay your artwork on a flat surface in the shade. You will then want to make sure to snap the photo from directly above, leaving just a little bit of space around the bounding box.¬†
Using your phone as a scanner

Tips for editing

  • Crop just inside the bounding box within the editor on the website. You can crop in more if needed, just be sure that the gray box is totally cut out.
  • If your artwork mimics another image, be sure to make the subjects the same size and line them up for the best result.
  • Turn up the contrast and saturation slightly on artwork for a more vibrant print.

Art Sketch Example

Here is a really great example of a sketch drawing inspired by a piece of art


That's all for how to make a unique, dual-art parallax.

Tell us about your unique art designs for Parallax below!

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