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How to re-size for print???

 
GDane123
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Nov 07, 2011 20:58 |  #1

Hi,

So I take my pictures and crop them to what I like, but when it comes time to have them printed, it always cuts off part of the shot.

I'm trying to have them printed as 4x6 inches, but the programs that I've checked out don't give inch options. Only ratios etc... And that's too technical for me.

Any tips or programs that you can advise? And no, I do not have Photoshop...

Thanks


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Nov 07, 2011 21:31 |  #2

Here's a thread from one of our FAQs. Read, comprehend, read some more!

In a nutshell, you crop to the proper ratio or specific dimensions in your crop tool as you are preparing for a specific print size. Don't save over the original, though, keep it and keep re-using it, in other words, "Save As" to get a dedicated copy for printing. It doesn't matter whether you crop using a ratio or specific dimensions, but exactly how you approach it will depend on the software on hand.

And, please don't cheat yourself by convincing yourself that aspect ratios are "too technical" for you! They are quite simple to grasp and once you do it becomes a piece of cake!

For your situation, the camera has a sensor with a 4:3 aspect ratio, I believe, meaning you can print a 3x4 inch print without cropping, or if you multiply those two figures you can print a 6x8, etc, without cropping. But for "standard" print sizes such as 4x6, 5x7 or 8x10 you will need to crop.

In your crop tool you should be able to enter those numbers and then grab the crop rectangle to the needed composition. Or, the 4x6 dimensions have a 2:3 aspect ratio. The 8x10 has a 4:5 aspect ratio -- note that you can just divide down the numbers into their simplest ratio. The 5x7 is easiest just leaving it at that for your crop dimensions.


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Nov 07, 2011 21:38 as a reply to  @ tonylong's post |  #3

Thanks for your time and help Tony! I'll start looking at that!


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Nov 07, 2011 21:42 |  #4

GDane123 wrote in post #13368570 (external link)
Thanks for your time and help Tony! I'll start looking at that!

Well, good!

Take your time and don't be intimidated!


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Nov 08, 2011 04:54 |  #5

Here is a chart of print sizes and their aspect ratios:
http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/Photo_print_siz​es (external link)


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Nov 08, 2011 08:08 |  #6

This is likely because your SX20 shoots in a 4:3 ratio where 4"x6" prints is a 3:2 ratio. A 4:3 ratio image not cropped would need to be printed 6" x 4.5" so you can see where you'll be cropping part of the image out. But you should be able to keep the top of the image and cut off the bottom if you don't want to crop top of people's heads off. It's just that print kiosks or default crop settings will probably put the print frame centered in your 4:3 image essentially cutting off 1/4" off the top and 1/4" off the bottom of your image that would be printed at 6"4.5" in order to do a 6"x4" print.




  
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