If you're looking for the perfect gift to give your husband, father, brother or friend, a custom-made necktie could fit the bill. You can even make your own business selling unique neckties with your own designs on them. Creating your own designs takes a little bit of time and talent, but it will be well worth the investment.
Items you will need
- Photo editing software
- Zazzle account
- Photo designs
Download photo editing software on your computer. You have a lot of options to choose from when it comes to photo editing software, but the two best programs are Adobe Photoshop and GIMP software. If you don't have any extra money to spend on software, then you should definitely go with GIMP, a free program that functions very similarly to Photoshop.
Take a photo with your digital camera. A great gift idea would be to take a photo of your family or something that the person is interested in and use it to design a necktie. You could also download some images of a favorite car or sports team to use in creating your necktie design. It all depends on what you are going for and who you have in mind when creating the design.
Open up your photo editing software and the photo you would like to edit into your design. Separate the main subject of the photo from the background.
Edit the photo by using the software until you are satisfied with the design. The software will include a number of tools that will help you create unique designs by adding text, borders, effects and other things to your photos. Resize the photo to 800 by 600 pixels. Once you are satisfied with your design make sure to save it as a .PNG file. This will preserve the quality of the photo you just edited.
Visit Zazzle.com and create a free account. The process is free and is very simple to complete. Zazzle is a website that allows people to create their own online store full of all kinds of merchandise from T-shirts, ties and posters, to shoes, handbags and so on. You can make these items for yourself and purchase them or put them up for sale and get a commission from the sales.
Go to "Create Products" after you have logged into your Zazzle account and then click on the "Ties" option. Find the "Create Tie" button and click on it.
Click "Add Picture." This will allow you to upload the edited photo you created onto the actual tie design. Find the picture you edited and add it.
Add a caption and a description of your custom-made necktie.
Click "Create Product." You can now use the tools on your Zazzle account to finish customizing the image on the tie.