A simple question about print size

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  1. robinkay6573

    robinkay6573 TPF Noob!

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    Can someone please explain to me why I need to edit my digital prints so when a 4x6 print is made the top/bottom/side isn't cut off?

    One photo processor told me that it is because my camera takes all photos like they are 5x7 and unless I print every one of my photos as a 5x7 the print is going to be cut off. Sounds to me like an easy way for photo processors to make money! *LOL*

    TIA

    Robin
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Standard photo sizes (4x6, 5x7, 8x10 etc) are not the same ratio. Image files from different cameras are not uniform either. If your camera gives you files that have a ratio of 5 to 7...then if you want to print a 4x6 or an 8x10...then you will need to crop.

    The smart thing to do, would be to crop the images yourself...before sending/taking them to get printed.
     
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    To segue from Big Mike.
    Use your crop or marquee tool to a fixed ratio for each sized print, a few ones.......

    6÷4=1.5 aspect ratio

    7÷5=1.4

    10÷8=1.25

    you should have it by now.
     
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    I shoot to crop, digital sizes look elongated to me so I stick to conventional sized prints. H
     
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    I had to learn the hard way about ratios when I got my first digital camera. I wondered why Walmart was cropping stuff off my pictures. Then I found out that my camera took photos that came out to 4.5 x 6 inches. What a pain that was to crop each of my pictures to keep the Walmart computer from doing it for me. Now I always crop my own pictures to the proper ratio to keep them from mucking them up. I'm good enough at that without their help :)
     

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