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February 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 212

Cardboard cutouts of celebrities, action figures and television and movie characters have been available for about 25 years. Visit any party store and you'll find Captain Jack Sparrow or Superman standing next to a display of party favors. Most of these cutouts have been sitting around the store for quite some time and they're all covered with dust, because the trendiest parties these days are featuring custom cardboard cutouts.

In the past it was cool to have a clone of a celebrity standing by the punch bowl. But these days the hot new trend is to create cutouts of regular people, people you know, members of your family, your friends or even your pets. Teenage girls are creating cutouts of their boyfriends, teenage boys are using their favorite cars, even businesses are getting into the act and creating custom images for promotional purposes.

How do they do it? It's easier than you think. All you really need is a camera. After you take the picture you have several options for converting it into a custom cutout:

Visit a local poster shop: Some poster shops or stationery stores have the capability of converting your picture into a cutout. Sizes typically range from 6 inches tall to approximately 8 feet tall and prices can range from as little as $25 to more than $150. You may be asked to sign a waiver or provide proof that you're allowed to use the picture, especially if it's a picture of a celebrity or if you're using it for promotional purposes.

Order online: You'll also find several websites that can convert your image and the sizes and prices are similar to those you'd find at a local poster shop. However, you'll also have to pay shipping and handling which can be quite expensive. You won't be able to use any images that could present copyright problems such as celebrity photos or photos featuring branded items.

Do-It-Yourself: There are some great software programs available at inexpensive prices that allow you to convert your images yourself. Of course the benefit is that you save a lot of money. But the best benefit is that you don't have to worry about copyright concerns or whether or not you have someone's permission to use their photo.

Obviously, if you've managed to snap a photo of a major celebrity you definitely couldn't use it for any promotional purposes. That would be illegal. But there's nothing that says you couldn't use it as a party decoration or stand it in the corner of your bedroom.

Custom cardboard cutouts can be created in a variety of sizes and make great party decorations. Use miniatures as centerpieces and full-size figures to guard the buffet table. Use them to decorate kids' rooms or family rooms, too. And now that you know how easy it is to get them made, all you need to decide is who you want to clone first.

This article has been provided by Carolyn Whitley. If you found this article helpful, then you are invited to visit http://www.squidoo.com/custom-cardboard-cutouts for further information.

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