One of the things I love about my iPhone is that I can change up the look and feel of it to my heart’s content, without having to spend a lot of money. There are a ton of different cases out there for my iPhone 4S, ranging from plain and uber-protective to sparkly and purely decorative. But one of the… downfalls of being a graphic designer, former model, and style blogger is not only do I love to change it up, but sometimes I come up with ideas that I just can’t find anywhere else. So what’s a girl to do? Well, thanks to sites like CasePics.com, I can create any custom iPhone case I desire, making my phone really stand out.
The process at CasePics.com is simple.
You start off by choosing your case style. CasePics.com has cases for the iPhone 4 (which fits the iPhone 4S) as well as for the iPhone 5, but you can also get cases for your iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, or your Samsung Galaxy S3. So if you have more than one gadget you want a case for, you can customize a variety of different cases!
Once you’ve chosen your case style, you upload a photo. You can upload almost any kind of image–a .jpg, a .png, a .tiff, or even a .gif–though the site (as does graphic designer me) recommends 300 DPI (or higher) for best print quality. You can even hook up with your Facebook account (which pulls your photos correctly, allowing you to choose from all of your albums) or your Instagram account (which I was only able to pull images from my followers, not my own feed, not sure why).
I chose to upload a custom images, highlighting one of my favorite fashion quotes by Alexander McQueen. I also added my blog URL because, well, why not? I figured it would be a good custom iPhone case for some of the blogging events I attend. If you’re savvy with photo editing software, you can easily create a custom image like mine, or a photo collage.
Once you’ve uploaded your image, you can resize and rotate it. You can also play around with the 3 filter options offered (and they don’t stay applied to your photo–you can remove them if you don’t like them). You don’t have to do this step, but if your image is larger than the phone case is, or you want it to appear on the case a little differently, now’s your chance to change it. You can only rotate your image in 90 degree increments though, so keep that in mind when choosing a photo or creating something for your case.
When you’ve made up your mind on your image’s positioning, all you do is click the big pink “order case” button. Enter all of your info, and that’s it. Done! It’s as easy as that.
The CasePics.com shopping cart is really quick, and won’t bog you down with a million steps, which is nice. Nothing is more frustrating than a shopping cart with a ton of hoops to jump though. I think I was done with my order in under 5 minutes (not including decision-making and design time, of course).
Ordered, made, shipped, and arrived… fast.
I was pleased with how quickly my CasePics.com order was processed, created and shipped. I ordered September 7, got the shipping confirmation just two business days later on the 10th, and had my case in-hand by September 16th. I hadn’t expedited my shipping or anything, but my case came in 4 business days, shipped from the US. So not only did they make my custom iPhone case quickly, but I didn’t have to wait weeks for it to ship from some other country.
Here’s what I ordered.
This is the exact image as it looked in the confirmation email CasePics.com sent me. I saved it just so I could compare the “this is what you’ll get” layout to the actual thing.
And here’s what I got!
It’s a pretty darn good match, if you ask me! In fact, since getting the case, it hasn’t come off my phone. It took me a little bit to get used to the feel of it, since I was used to a rubberized case, but the fit is nice, the edges are smooth, and I really like the way it looks. It’s a tad bluer than I thought it would be, but my monitor here at home isn’t calibrated and I didn’t use Pantone colors. I just eyeballed it, and probably should have at least done something a little more contrasty. But that’s just the picky designer in me.
I couldn’t resist showing it off with my Phillip Lim for Target skirt, because it matched perfect! It came the day I wore the skirt, and I was so excited I switched cases before snapping my outfit pics.
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And of course I got you a coupon code for CasePics.com! When you visit CasePics.com and place your order, just enter coupon code SSC20 when you check out and you’ll save 20% on your order. This offer expires on November 15th though, so get ordering! Think about how great of a holiday gift this is for your friends, family… even coworkers.
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