Our Story: What is PortraitFlip?

A portrait painting of two children with their grandfather.

Creation of art is one of the most fascinating things that the world has ever witnessed!

Here at PortraitFlip, the founders put their vision into action with a purpose of giving everyone worldwide access to experience the magic of art! 

Visual art and memory are intertwined, and we at PortraitFlip strive to combine the both and create what can be the most enticing piece of art. 

We aspire to bring this art to you in the form of handmade customized paintings through which you can freeze your favorite memories and cherish them forever. 

I am going to give you a quick peep into how PortraitFlip came to be and what makes us stand out from the rest. 

The Story Begins

An artist's hand mixing paint with brush

The idea was born in 2018, in a college dorm room of three friends, our founders. The founders were in a dilemma about finding the perfect gift.

One of the founders wanted something thoughtful and handmade to gift their partner. 

To their utter surprise, they found that it was extremely difficult to find a custom made gift that would not create a hole in their pockets.

This dilemma then later led the founders to the idea of creating customized portrait paintings from photos. 

The kind of gift that you can pour your love into, that can be unique, personal, and timeless, etched onto canvas. 

Family painting from different photos

The Journey So Far

An oil painting portrait of a family

What began as a side project to earn a few extra bucks, later turned into a brimming startup with an enthusiastic team that has been catering to the satisfaction of thousands of customers across the globe. 

Although the journey started with our founders, we are now a team of artists, designers, and creators, all working towards one goal: to provide our customers with the best artistic experience through our painted portraits. 

With five years in the making, we at PortraitFlip have mastered the art of customer satisfaction, by carefully crafting photos to portrait paintings.

PortraitFlip also became a platform of opportunities for several skilled artists around the globe who are exemplary at creating portraits from a photo.

At the present, we have 500+ artists, without whom this vision would not be possible. 

Today we continue delivering artwork that is promised to skip a heartbeat of the receiver.

A happy memory, favorite person or even your loyal pet, anything and everything you dearly love can be now painted pictures, framed and appreciated. 

What Do We Do?

We often rack our brains when it comes to deciding what to gift someone we love. Someone special always deserves something special.

The gift needs to resonate your love and appreciation for them, and at the same time be something that they can keep with them for a longer period of time.

A mindful gift that can win hearts and also fool time?

Clothing, gadgets, or jewelry could not do that, although they are great gifting options, but a handmade realistic painting of your preferred size can do both!  

One of our favorite experiences of being part of the PortraitFlip team is witnessing the reactions of our customers when they receive the final product.

The happy tears and heartfelt words are always a moving sight! 

So, what is the process of creating your desirable portrait? 

Here is some information you need to be aware of, that will ease your experience of getting a painted portrait for yourself. 

The Photo

A before and after representation of a dog's photo that is oil painted.

At PortraitFlip, we work towards customizing painted pictures, from portraits of family, to even your paw-friends!

All you need to do is send in your preferred favorite photo, which our team will then transform into a painted picture with your preferred portrait dimensions.

Are you worried that your precious photos may be blurred, faded and old with time?

You have nothing to worry about, because our artists are skilled to turn these photos to portrait paintings using the right medium.

 The quality and detail precision of these portrait paintings from photos will not be compromised, in fact, they are more likely to turn out to be a better version of your photo. 

If you wish to have a portrait of family, you can choose from anywhere up to  7 to 15 characters, depending on what medium of portrait painting you choose.

Please keep in mind that your paw friends are also considered as a character while planning your portrait. 

Choosing a Medium

examples of paintings of children in different paint mediums

We provide our customers with multiple mediums of portrait paintings to choose from.

As of now, there are 7 mediums from which you can choose to create portraits from photos.

Oil Paintings, Pencil Sketch Portraits, Charcoal Drawing, Watercolor Painting, Colored Pencil Drawing, Acrylic painting Portraits, and Pastel Portraits are the medium options that are available. 

Choosing the right medium is important because each medium gives a different mesmerizing effect as a portrait. 

For example you can get a compilation charcoal portrait or you can get an oil portrait made just to preserve your memories or revive the joy in your life.

Once you have chosen your medium, you can refer to the canvas sizes chart to choose the portrait size that best suits you.

From interior wall decor, to your bedside table, the portrait dimension options we provide can do it all! 

creation of adam reproduction

Frames for the Finishing Touch

Framing your portrait is an additional option that we provide here at PortraitFlip, to add the final touch and wrap it up all nice!

Frames act as a protective fort, keeping your portrait safe and increasing longevity. 

Plus, a framed portrait always adds to the royal demeanor of any portrait, and yours will be a very special and unique one! 

Apart from frames, we also give the options to gallery wrap your portrait and if you choose neither, you will receive your painted picture carefully rolled and protected in an Art Tube. 

Adding frames and gallery wraps may have different charges depending on the portrait dimensions. Getting your painting portrait rolled in an Art Tube will have no additional charges. 

All you have to do is sit back and wait as we ship your portrait and be ready to indulge in all happy emotions when you receive it.

We strive for 100% satisfaction of our customers, therefore you can be sure that all your needs are met. 

What’s New? 

Leonardo D Vinci's image along side his famous portrait, 'Mona Lisa'.

While we have succeeded in churning a million emotions in many of you through portraits from photos that you send, we have also extended our services to another theme of portraits. 

What if I told you that Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’, can be assembled on your bedroom wall, or Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’’, could be sitting over your dining room wall?

No, I am not kidding! You can now bring the Louvre in the comforts of your home and we are here to help you with it. 

Our newly extended service in the portrait family is the Reproduction Paintings. Reproduction paintings are nothing but exact handmade replicas of famous arts.

You can now own a historical art replica of your choice and add to your art collection or add value to your home decor. 

But is this even possible? Is it legal to own a replica of any famous painting that you adore?

A definite yes, given one condition.

It is completely legal to own a replica of an artwork if it has been over 70 years since the artist’s demise.

There exists several artworks in that category, so you are in for a treat!

Our maestros are more than skilled and talented to create reproduction paintings of some of the famous artworks in the history of art.

Paintings that are famous and belong to the museum can be made into replicas and be part of your beautiful abode, and it would be hard to tell the difference. 

We are here to cater to the admiring art lover in you. So, what are you waiting for? Go grab your masterpiece! 

Why PortraitFlip? 

An example of how two photos are emerged together to create a customized portrait painting.

As an organization we believe that photographs do not always belong in photo books and devices.

In the era of digitalization we aspire to keep the magic of handmade art by immortalizing the photos and artwork through custom made paintings. 

You can receive historical art replicas for your own collection or even gift it to a loved one who you know is a true art enthusiast without draining your pockets.

Providing exquisite, authentic and intimate gift options in an affordable price range and in your preferred canvas sizes. 

Our focus has always been on 100% customer satisfaction, and the strive for this begins from the very first step when you send us your preferred photos to the very last step of shipping the painted picture to you. 

We strictly adhere to our policy which allows customers to avail a full refund if the final product is not up to the mark of expectations.

Apart from this, availing our portrait painting services also gives you the freedom to make as many changes as you please on your portrait.

PortraitFlip offers you the option of unlimited customization which enables you to suggest changes and alterations till perfection. 

We believe that this feature is an integral part of your portrait making because it makes any painting of a picture a unique piece that is yours alone! 

Our Mission

An artist in her art studio, with her artwork in progress.

The foundational goal of PortraitFlip has been the same since the day it was founded: to provide mindful and affordable handmade portraits that will stir all the right emotions in the receiver! 

In a world where there is a plethora of machine made gift options, we provide you a service that is filled with meaning, emotions and intent.

In our process of making portrait paintings from photos, we encourage your involvement to make it as personal and unique as possible. 

Customer satisfaction being our priority, you will always have access to our support team, ready to help with your queries and dilemmas.

Above all, we are committed to receiving  the most heartwarming reaction from each and every customer, and that is what fuels us to be better and the best handmade portrait service across the globe! 

Author’s Note

Hello Reader! 

I am glad to see you here. Thank you so much for reading. 

I have explained everything you need to know about PortraitFlip and what we do, but you can always go through our website to have a detailed understanding of things. 

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] or you can even share your valuable thoughts in the comment section. 

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and YouTube to be part of our community and receive more updates! 


What year was PortraitFlip founded?

PortraitFlip was founded in the year 2018.

What are the different choices you have with choosing mediums?

We have currently 7 medium options for your portraits. They are Oil Paintings, Watercolor Paintings, Charcoal Sketches, Pencil Color Sketches, Pencil Drawings, Acrylic Portraits, and Pastel Paintings.

How many characters can I choose to include in my handmade portrait?

You can choose anywhere up to 7 to 15 characters in a portrait depending on the medium you choose. Please note that your pets are also considered as a character

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