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Would anyone know how to prep your photos ready to print? I'm planning to send my photos to an online photo printing shop. How do I make sure that all the dimensions are Ok?.

I'm using CS2..

Thanks..

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You have to proportionally add canvas so the full image fits on the paper of the print size you order..

Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com..

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I have to say I am a bit confused by what I've been reading on the internet. For instance, from one of the online printing websites: http://www.pixum.co.uk.

"The light sensitive chips from digital cameras are not generally configured in a 2:3 aspect ratio, as they are in traditional photography. This means that digital photos must be adjusted to a 2:3 aspect ratio to be developed.

As a result, the prints are not exactly 4" x 6" (10 x 15 cm), but have been adjusted to the ratio of the original file. There are two possibilities: The picture can either be "zoomed", but part of the motive will be cut off; or be printed in full, which will result in unattractive white edges.".

So this begs the questions of why the digitial cameras do not produce photos in the "traditional" sense..

If I add a canvas measuring 5" *7" on photoshop, all it does is to add an unttractive white edge on all sides....

Has anyone have a better solution (and also a batch conversion as well)?.

Thanks!..

Comment #2

No different from shooting 35mm (2:3 proportion) film. 35mm proportion doesn't fit an 8x10 or 5x7, only 4x6. So yes, canvas needs to be added if you want to keep the entire image as shot..

That's the way printing on "standard" size paper works. You can always trim the canvas off after printing. But it won't fit "standard" size mats and frames..

Vivian siow wrote:.

I have to say I am a bit confused by what I've been reading on theinternet."The light sensitive chips from digital cameras are not generallyconfigured in a 2:3 aspect ratio, as they are in traditionalphotography. This means that digital photos must be adjusted to a 2:3aspect ratio to be developed.

Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com..

Comment #3

Vivian siow wrote:.

I have to say I am a bit confused by what I've been reading on theinternet. For instance, from one of the online printing websites:http://www.pixum.co.uk.

"The light sensitive chips from digital cameras are not generallyconfigured in a 2:3 aspect ratio, as they are in traditionalphotography. This means that digital photos must be adjusted to a 2:3aspect ratio to be developed.

As a result, the prints are not exactly 4" x 6" (10 x 15 cm), buthave been adjusted to the ratio of the original file. There are twopossibilities: The picture can either be "zoomed", but part of themotive will be cut off; or be printed in full, which will result inunattractive white edges.".

So this begs the questions of why the digitial cameras do not producephotos in the "traditional" sense..

If I add a canvas measuring 5" *7" on photoshop, all it does is toadd an unttractive white edge on all sides....

Has anyone have a better solution (and also a batch conversion as well)?.

Thanks!.

Almost all compact cameras and Olympus and Panasonic DSLRs have sensors which produce images whose width and height are in the ratio 4:3, or 1.333:1. This is called the aspect ratio. 35mm film cameras and all other DSLRs produce images with an aspect ratio of 3:2 or 1.5:1..

Unfortunately standard photo sizes do not all have the same aspect ratio: 6x4 is 1.5:1, 7x5 is 1.4:1, 8x6 is 1.333:1, 10x8 is 1.25:1, etc. So unless you are printing at a size which corresponds to the aspect ratio of your camera, you are going to have to crop your images to fit..

Use the Crop tool in CS2.Chris R..

Comment #4

Vivian siow wrote:.

Hello all..

Would anyone know how to prep your photos ready to print?.

Yes. There are books written about this subject!.

I'm planning to send my photos to an online photo printing shop. How do Imake sure that all the dimensions are Ok?.

You need to go ahead and crop them to the size/aspect ratio of the final prints, otherwise the printing service will have to do this or print them with borders..

This issue is probably the single worst example why humans will not survive much longer...because they are terminally stupid!.

It's not too hard to find all this data, with Google. There are standard sizes of photo paper, which seem based on early camera film formats...sizes like 8" x 10" and 4" x 5". Then there are the paper formats that fit the two digital camera aspect ratios...such as 6" x 8", and 4" x 6". Then there are the strange sizes...such as 5" x 7", that don't fit anything. And the MF film formats that nobody ever used...such as 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" (which uses a 9" x 13" paper) and 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" (which could use any square size paper, except, nobody ever made square paper, so those photographers get to trim and throw away)..

Next, there are frames to mount these pictures in. The too come in standard sizes, but many of the standard size paper doen't seem to have standard size frames. Hmmm... But there are other size frames that fit 8.5" x 11" typewriter paper. Which is nice, because many of us have printers at home that use that size paper...but unfortunately, there is NO picture format that fits 8.5" x 11" paper...which is one of the 5 ANSI sizes. And the nice architectural series, Arch A thru Arch E, which has a nice characteristic of alternating between 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratios (which just happen to be the two most common DC formats).



Oh, yes...then there is the rest of the world, where ISO has defined 33 different print sizes. And since 33 was not nearly enough, everybody added various extensions to ISO 216, such that it's not really a "standard" anymore..

You can feast on the bounty of paper sizes here:.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size.

Yes, I know this is getting long, but I haven't even mentioned the various film formats that we've all invented. I found 163 movie film formats here with at least 35 discrete aspect ratios (ignoring the multi-camera formats):.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_film_formats.

And I found this list of still camera film formats:.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_format.

Which lists 48 roll film formats, 27 sheet film formats, and 5 Polaroid formats..

Whew! After all these, you'd think that new formats were not necessary, but we keep inventing more...like the 16:9 HD format! So far, I can't find any paper to support printing the 16:9 images..

SO, I'm surprized that you don't understand why we have 2 different aspect ratios (3:2 and 4:3) in normal digital cameras. I'm surprized that we only have 2!.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700 & Sony R1HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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