Even if you previously thought that backdrops look cheesy or unrealistic, browse our galleries and see how we're different. Photo Pie’s backdrops are probably not what comes to mind when you typically think of “backdrops.” It’s our goal to show how truly realistic, unique, creative images can be produced using our photography backdrops and supplies. We've all seen backdrops used in cheap, amateur, unrealistic photography, but we at Photo Pie don't want to contribute to more bad photography. Along with popular patterns and flat styles, we specialize in realistic images and forced perspective which creates a sense of 3D. One of the main qualifications of our 3D backdrop images is that it needs to be able to put your clients or photography subjects in the reality of the environment of the backdrop, a seemingly seamless transition from foreground to background. Above all, we feel we have accomplished our goal when onlookers don't even recognize we're using backdrops and ask "Where did you find such a cool room?" or "Where did you take your clients to find that fabulous environment?" See more in our video at "Why Pie".
*InspiraCloth: Photo Pie's luxurious seamless, washable, wrinkle-resistant, background cloth. Double-faced satin made of 100% polyester fiber. Dye-sublimation printing method makes it machine washable and dryable, yet with rich, vibrant colorfastness. It is made for photography, so image surface has a non-glare, matte finish. Because of InspiraCloth's wrinkle-resistant nature, it can be stored folded, rolled, or stuffed in a bag/plastic crate. Comes with a top-side rod pocket unless otherwise requested.
**JerseyCloth: Similar to durable sweatshirt material (but not stretchy like sweatshirts), JerseyCloth backgrounds offer a seamless, machine washable, wrinkle-free, more affordable, alternative to InspiraCloth. JerseyCloth is a 100% polyester heavyweight material with a soft, knapped backing. Dye-sublimation printing gives it a brilliant, colorfast image while still making it washable/dryable. Since it is made for photography, image surface has a non-glare matte finish. Because of JerseyCloth's wrinkle-free nature, it can be stored folded, rolled, or stuffed in a bag/plastic crate. Comes with a top-side rod pocket unless otherwise requested.
***PrismaCloth: Photo Pie's economical background material made of 100% polyester oxford cloth. Dye-sublimation printing gives it a vibrant, colorfast image while still making it machine washable/dryable. Since it is made for photography, image surface has a non-glare matte finish. Because of PrismaCloth's wrinkle-resistant nature, it can be stored folded, rolled, or stuffed in a bag/plastic crate. Comes with a top-side rod pocket unless otherwise requested.
Please Note: Rod Pockets may eat into the overall dimensions of your image. Please tell us if you do NOT want a rod pocket.
We have the lowest prices guaranteed. It's pretty simple, actually. If we're not the cheapest for the same/similar printed backdrop cloth somewhere else, we'll match the competitor's price AND take 10% off. We regularly check our competitors and try to make sure our retail price is always below theirs. If, on occassion, they have a sale, then consider it a Photo Pie sale. We accept competitor coupons! Also, notice in the above chart that even at FULL price, no one even comes close to the square footage price of our PrismaCloth. Compare and see for yourself. Email us, and we'd even be glad to give you info on our competitors similar printed cloth types. And remember, although there are a lot of cheesy backdrop options out there, no one matches Photo Pie's realistic, artistic style.
Are these digital backdrops?
No, these are the real thing – physical backdrops with the background and floor all in one piece.
What is it made of?
All of our three cloth types (PrismaCloth, JerseyCloth, and InspiraCloth) are seamless, washable, and wrinkle-resistant. InspiraCloth is double-faced satin made of polyester fiber, JerseyCloth is similar to durable sweatshirt material, and PrismaCloth is made of 100% polyester oxford cloth.
So what's the real difference between the three cloth types?
The main difference is just preference for the feel of one cloth type over the other; they photograph the same, but some people prefer the just like the feel or weight of one better than another. If you're interested in the price difference, please reference this chart. If you would like to order free cloth type samples, click here.
Are your backdrops non-glare?
Absolutely! Don't buy backdrops that have glare. You won't pull off any kind of realistic look if the camera picks up glare.
Are your backdrops 3D?
Full vertical sized backdrops (5x9, 7x12, 9x16, 10x18) include the floor and background portions printed together on the same piece, using forced perspective to draw the subject into the environment. So if that's what you mean by 3D, then the answer is yes! For a closer look at what these backdrops look like in action, watch this tutorial.
Does it wrinkle?
Our three cloth types are all wrinkle-resistant, and JerseyCloth is the most wrinkle-resistant of the three. If you have any fold lines, throw it in the dryer with a damp towel for a couple of minutes and the wrinkles will pop right out. For more info on these three cloths, watch this quick video or check out this chart.
How do I store it?
Our backdrops can be stored practically any way you want--folded, or stuffed in a bag or crate. This is the flexibility that comes with a wrinkle-resistant, washable backdrop cloth.
What are the prices for custom sizing?
Our standard policy is that any custom size rounds up to the cost of our next standard size (ex: a 10x17 would be the rate of a 10x18, an 8x15 would round up to a 9x16, etc). If you would like a custom quote, please give us an email. Please use this link to upload your file and this link if you would like a standard size. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a custom purchase link for custom sizes if that is what you're wanting.
Can you guys print our images on the background?
Absolutely! Just send us your high res file and tell us the size you want. We'll print your custom image for no extra charge! Please use this link to upload your file.
Because we can print custom images, this makes Photo Pie backdrops useful for a wide range of usages like theatrical backdrops, studio sets for videography, or any kind of special photography--or even just special events where photography is not the focus. You can even use our backdrops for interior design purposes! Whether it's the studio, theater, special events, or just your original ideas for interiors, let us bring your custom designs to reality.
How big of a file do you need? What kind of file?
Please submit in JPEG format, pre-converted to CMYK. Please format your image at 300dpi with the long dimension of your image within the range of 12-24 inches. This should produce a quality image. This is not an exact resolution format, but rather an example of a recommended range of optimal clarity. Also, remember that it’s not meant to be examined right in front of your face, but rather from several yards away, much like the principle which is used in billboard printing.
Another thing you can do is zoom the image on your computer screen until it reaches about the actual size it will be printed (for example, if you have a damask pattern that you want approximately 1' wide in scale, scale your image up to that actual size on your screen and see if you are satisfied with the resolution). If you like how that resolution looks on your screen, then it should be fine. Please send us your files in CMYK since this is what we print from and it will give you the most accurate representation of what the color will look like printed on your backdrop. Please click here to upload your file (56mb limit) or email it to us.
At Photo Pie we strive to ship in 10 days or less, quicker than most of our competitors. If you need rushed manufacturing, we recommend our JerseyCloth, PrismaCloth, or rubber-backed floor mats, as these products we have a greater ability to expedite. Please check with us first for the most current rush capabilities based upon queue lengths, etc.
Shipping times are supplied by each carrier based upon the service you choose, and Photo Pie cannot make guarantees pertaining to third-party services. If you have a photography deadline, please let us know and we'll do everything we can to help meet your needs.
Domestic orders can be shipped via UPS or FedEx, and International shipments made via United States Postal Service (USPS) unless otherwise requested. You will be able to estimate your shipping costs once an item is placed in your cart and you proceed to checkout. An email with your tracking information will be sent to you when your item has shipped.
USPS quotes 3-5 business days for Express International shipping and 6-10 business days for Priority International. All international customs and duty fees are the responsibility of the customer/recipient. Please see the USPS website for more specific quotes and prices.
What if I need to return my item?
Please see our return policy for more information.
Can you ship to my APO/FPO address?
Yes, we gladly ship to these addresses, though we cannot ship to standard P.O. Box addresses.