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Old 06-11-2005, 09:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I use a canon digital rebel set at large jpg.
when I sent my pictures to mpix to be printed I wanted to get 8X10's but I would have to crop 2 inchs off the picture since I filled the frame this was a problem. I printed 8X12's but this is an odd size, what size do I have to send to mpix to be able to print at 8X10 and get the whole picture.

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Re: Photo sizing question
Old 06-11-2005, 10:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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MPIX should crop it for you, but I'm not sure if they do it manually or center crop it automatically. You should crop it yourself. In PS, you can set the crop ratio, so you can tell the rectangular marque tool to make the ratio 8x10, and when you drag the tool, the rectangle will always have the same 8x10 ratio.

The Drebel is taking the pic with a 0.6667 ratio, and the 8x10 is obviously a 0.8 ratio. You can't resize the image, else it will be squished, so cropping is the answer. If you have the original Drebel, then the image is 3072x2048, so if you crop off one side only, you'd end up with an image of 2560x2048.

If you fill the frame when you took the shot, then you messed up, and will loose something....
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Old 06-11-2005, 10:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You have to send them the correct height to width ratio for the print you want. You’ll have to crop somewhere.

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Old 06-11-2005, 11:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You either shoot the image with extra space for cropping or you can do something like I did with your image below. I know a lot of photographers do this if they do not want to crop the image.

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Old 06-11-2005, 11:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hank,

There's kind of a trick you can use here to keep the whole photo. Size your croping tool to 8 by 10 at 300 dpi then drag till you reach the edges of the shot. You'll still see the little sqaure dragging handles on the corners. Drag those (try different ones) out BEYOND the border of the existing shot till you have everything you want on the 8 by and some blank space on one or both sides.

Fill the blank space with either copied sections of the existing background, or solid color, or a pattern, whatever works for you artistically. Then when you send off the sized print it should contain everything you shot.

(Handy extra tip) On this shot you have blank wall to either side of the model. After you've dragged the frame where you want it, to fill the empty spaces at the side use the rectangular marquee tool to copy a slice from top to bottom of the frame copy that slice onto it's own layer click edit> free transform and just drag the wall out to fill the space.

You may need to feather the selection a little, you may also need to blur the side some but you will definitely be able to keep eveything you shot on an 8 by 10

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Re: Photo sizing question
Old 06-11-2005, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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There isn't anything unusual about printing 8x12's for portfolios. I put mine in a 9x12 porfolio binder. But if you still want them on 8x10 you will either have to crop out 2 inches of the picture or do as Alice has suggested.


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Old 06-12-2005, 08:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Jim,

where did you pick up that 9X12 portfolio binder, the next size up in my catalog is 11X14.
It looks like that's the way to go for me, easy way out.
wish I knew this before I spend the money on that 8X10 portfolio, live and learn
thanks for everyone suggestions

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Old 06-12-2005, 11:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I found the 9x12 portfolio binder at an arts and crafts store by the name of
Ac.Moore. There was a photography store that sold the same brand of binders but they didn't have the size I wanted. Or you can go to their website, www.itoya.com to see what they have on there. Not the most fancy porfolio's but not expensive either.

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Anytime you use a 35mm format camera, (most slr's) you loose about 20% of your image, long ways, to print an 8x10. You loose I think about 10% short ways to print a 5x7.

I always shoot with room to spare for the different cropping ratios. Just shoot wide and crop in ordering.

As far as what to do with what you've already shot, I can't help ya besides just crop the best you can to save what you can. Or print 8x12.

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Alice, that was the best advice, thus far. Shoot a tad bit wide knowinng that you have to crop out or border it. It is even more crazy when cropping 9x12's for a models' book or 11x14 for my book. I have found that with doing a 9x12 giving 1 inch border on the inside of the shot, (the side that goes to the staple), helps to ensure that you get all of your image as well as add some impact to the layout.

Ok, that's my $.03, inflation you know.

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