Easy way to resize photos for printing

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  1. PhotoMom13

    PhotoMom13 TPF Noob!

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    Hi All,
    What is the easiest way to resize photos to avoid the cropping that occurs when trying to print digital images? It is frustrating to have taken a beautiful picture and then for the top and bottom to be cropped!
    I have iPhoto9 that I mostly use for now.
    Thanks!
     
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    i use Lightroom. select the size i want to print. crop and export in 300dpi
     
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    I also have Picasa and that has a shrink to fit option. Would this work? I don't want to have those white borders on the edge either.
     
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    Robin Usagani Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    your width and lenght ratio of your camera sensor is not the same with the image you are trying to print. So you either get the white borders OR you crop your image. Pick one! If you dont want either, then your image will have to be shrinked and distorted LOL.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    You can't just resize, you have to crop.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspect_ratio

    Different size photos have different shapes.

    P&S cameras and a couple of dSLR brands (like Olympus) make photos in a 4:3 aspect ratio, almost a square.

    Most dSLR's make a more rectangular shape with an aspect ratio of 3:2.

    A couple of popular photo sizes have 5:4 (8x10) and 7:5 (5:7) aspect ratios.

    Consequently, the photographer has to be mindful af all the different aspect ratios when shooting, if they expect prints will be made to standard sizes.

    That shooting technique is called 'shooting fat' or leaving extra space in the frame, specifically for cropping to the differing aspect ratios of common print sizes.

    Another of the reasons it can be worth it to pay a professional.
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    If i use the "shrink to fit" option on Picasa is that what your talking about shrink and distort?
     
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    It will probably shrink to fit (by adding a white border)
     
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    I always shoot to leave room for my 8x10 and 11x14 crops. It just find it easier. After a while you get used to seeing the crop and where you have to leave room.
     

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