Custom Magazine Cover Information

Below you will find the step-by-step ordering information, photo uploading tips, and our custom cover frequently asked questions.


Step 1: Adding Your Dog’s Name
Personalize your cover by adding the name of your dog(s) to the design. Your dog’s name will be incorporated into the cover line “Spot: The Best Dog Ever.” Please double check the spelling of your dog’s name as we will not correct any misspellings.

Step 2: Selecting Your Photo
Begin by uploading the digital photo that you want to use on your Bark Custom Cover. Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer, we only accept .jpg, .png, or .gif format. Click on the “Upload” button to begin the photo uploading process. This process may take a few moments depending on the size of the photo and internet connection speed.

Step 3: Type in Your Personalized Cover Line
You can add your own custom cover line that contains 50 characters including spaces—the caption box will only allow you to enter 50 characters/spaces.

Step 4: Select Masthead Color
Choose one of 7 colors for the Bark masthead or just let our designers decide what looks best.

Step 5: Selecting a "Spot" image
Select one of three spot images to appear in the upper right, a squirrel, ball or cat.

Step 6: Add To Cart
Once you’ve completed the previous steps, click the “Add to Cart” button.

Step 7: Review Your Cart
After the photo has uploaded you will be re-directed to your shopping cart where you can confirm your order. If everything looks okay, click “Checkout” to complete your order. That’s it! Bark will take your photo and do the rest. Once it is complete, we'll send you the cover!

We have pre-selected cover lines that will appear on all custom covers, but also allow you to personalize one line that you compose. This custom line appears at the top of the cover above the masthead. Type in your own cover line here (maximum 50 character/spaces)

Select 1 masthead color
– Blue
_ Red
– Orange
– Yellow
_ Teal
– White
_ Black
_ Bark designers can choose what looks best

Select 1 image for the spot photo that appears in the upper right
_ Squirrel
_ Ball
_ Cat
_ Bark designers can choose what looks best

• Portrait oriented photos (as opposed to landscape) are preferred, offering the best chance of filling the full page. Landscape format photos can also be used successfully with (our) cropping or framing to fill the bottom portion of the cover (see cover samples B and C).
• The best cover photos focus on the dog in the foreground with the dog looking at the camera.
• The ideal photos have a simple, uncluttered background, this makes it easier to place the cover lines. Examples of good backgrounds are grass, foliage, sky or an empty wall.
• If you are photographing your dog for this custom cover—try using a white or single color wall or sheet as a backdrop.

Q. Can I purchase a Bark Custom Cover print and a subscription to The Bark?
A. Yes, please click here to view our other Custom Cover products and options.

Q. Is a Bark Custom Cover available to purchase as gifts?
A. Of course! When ordering the product please specify whether or not this is a gift. If you would like to purchase this as a gift, we can handwrite a note and send it with the print. Just tell us what you want to say in the notes. We currently do not offer gift wrapping options.

Ordering Information
Q. How long does it take to upload a photo?
A. The length of time it takes to upload a photo greatly depends on your internet connection (dial-up, DSL, or cable) and the size of your photo. Generally the upload process should not take longer than a few minutes. If you have clicked on the “Add to Cart” button to upload your photo and have not been re-directed to the shopping cart order confirmation page within 5 minutes, please contact customer service.

Q. What size photo should I submit?
A. There is a range of file sizes that will work, below we’ve listed the optimum file specifications and the minimum requirements that will produce acceptable results. The general rule is … the bigger the file, the better the finished print.

Pixel Dimension: 2400 x 3000 pixels
Document Size: 8 x 10 inches
Resolution: 300
File size as JPG: 3.7MB

Pixel Dimension: 1600 x 2000 pixels
Document Size: 8 x 10 inches
Resolution: 200
File size as JPG: 2MB

Pixel Dimension: 800 x 1000 pixels
Document Size: 8 x 10 inches
Resolution: 100
File size as JPG: 752KB

Files at smaller resolutions than those detailed above, need to be evaluated for maximum reproduction size as determined by our designers.

Q. Why can't I upload my image?
A. If you have problems uploading your image you may contact us by email here.

Q. Can I pick which cover layout I want to use?
A. No, at this time we are not equipped to provide this option. When you order a custom cover Bark’s designers will determine the best placement of the image based on its composition, format and resolution.

Q. Can I see a preview or a proof of my cover?
A. When you order a custom cover we will determine the best placement of the image, so you will be unable to proof the print.

Q. Will you crop my image?
A. When determining the placement of your image Bark reserves the right to crop your photo. We promise we won’t crop out any important features of the photo.

Q. Can you make corrections to my photos before it prints (color corrections, red eye removal)?
A. No, we will not make corrections to the photos you submit. We will slightly enhance each photo for print but we will not make any image specific corrections.

Q. What if I don’t have a digital file? Can I mail or email a photograph?
A. Unfortunately, we cannot accept photos sent in by mail or e-mail. Do you have a photograph that you’d love to use but isn’t a digital file? Our suggestion is to scan the photo. This is a service offered at most local copy centers. For best results, make sure the scan is a minimum of 300 dots per inch (dpi).

Q. I've made a typo! Can I correct it?
A. Unfortunately we cannot spell check or confirm the spelling of your dog’s name or the cover lines you provide. Please double check the information before you submit your order! If you have made a typo in your submission you should immediately email customer service.

Q. Can I order multiple prints of my custom cover?
A. Yes! A second additional print is available for $10. Please call us at 510.480.1330 for multiple cover discount prices. Discounts apply to orders of three (3) or more prints of the same custom cover.

Q. How long does it take to ship the order?
A. You can expect to receive your custom cover within 7 to 10 days of the date your order is placed.

Q. Is it possible to return my order and get a refund?
A. Sorry, we have a no-return, no-refund policy of these covers, all sales are final.


Have additional questions? Please see our customer service page.