linda baca wrote in post #16108451
So what aspect ratio should I be giving them say to print up to an 8x10 or 16x20. I edit through LR3 but also have CS5 and is how is this done. Thank you again for your feedback.
The problem is, we have a range of "standard" print sizes, and they are not all the same ratio.
You can make your files 5:4 ratio for 10x8, 20x16 etc. and that will also work for smaller prints such as 5x4. However, what if they then decide to do a medium size print and want an 8x6 (4:3 ratio) or a 7x5 (7:5 ratio) or they may want to go bigger and get a 30x20 canvas done, which takes you back to 3:2 and the full image, as shot.
Whatever ratio you provide, it will only work for certain print sizes and be wrong for others. You need to provide the full frame, as shot, but make sure that your clients know that they need to get it printed somewhere they can decide the area which gets cropped out on other ratios, such as 10x8, or at least send it somewhere where a real person prints it, and will make a sensible crop, not just where a machine will automatically chop off a set amount from one / both end(s).
You also need to have left a little space at the ends of the image (the top / bottom in portrait orientation) to allow some unneeded area for cropping. If you frame too tightly, then you will lose something vital (such as part of the subject) when those two inches are removed for a 10x8.