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Old 03-11-2006, 08:38 PM
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pictures printing with edges cut off

I have been having a problem with some of myphotos- the edges a being cut off at the lab. How do I adjust my pics so I don't lose the deges and the entire thing gets printed? I have tried pixel aspect ratio and image size adjustment- but not getting anywhere- HELP!!!

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Old 03-12-2006, 05:54 AM
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Welcome to RP. It sounds like maybe your ratio of width to height might not fit the finished format. In other words, if you have a file of 2400 X 3000 pixels, that would make an 8 X 10 @ 300ppi. If the file size is 2400 X 3500 pixels, and you get an 8 X 10, the 2400 pixels will fill the 8 inch dimension (8 in. X 300 pixels = 2400 pixels), but you will lose 500 pixels on the other dimension (10 in. X 300 pixels = 3000 pixels). Is that the problem?

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Old 03-12-2006, 09:36 AM
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One thing I do is use the crop tool and assign fixed X and Y values (say 8 inches by 10 inches). Then, when you click and drag to crop, you'll notice that the size of the resulting rectangle is constrained to an 8X10 rectangle. The size of your final photo will be exactly 8X10, regardless of how much you crop. (Hope I'm making sense....I've only had one coffee so far...brain still kind'a of foggy!)
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:56 AM
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Actually, I have experienced the same problem with 4X6 prints from the big box chains. They seem to enlarge the image by approx 5% and then print causing a loss of around the border. In some case. I have noticed that the media is sized in metric and is slightly smaller that 4x6.
You could measure the exact amount of loss, then resize yur images to be that size and add a white border around them. This is a nuissance and you should not have to di it. It may we a better idea to ask the processor if they can correct it or else find another service provider.
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:51 AM
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Yes, whoever is doing the processing should be able to give you a definite answer as to what the problem is.
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Old 03-12-2006, 02:11 PM
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If the aspect ratio isn't the problem (ie you get 4x6 and the AR of the files is 2:3 already) then ask them if they have a "no crop" option on the printer for digital files. The next thing you could try is to put a 1/8" or 1/4" border around your image and see what happens when it gets printed. My experience with the fuji frontier has been frustrating at times because it crops a little at the edges and really the best solution for me has been to have nothing important 1/4" in from any edge as opposed to going the "no crop" or adding a border route because then I'll have an edge or 4 edges to trim off and really I'd rather not do that. If you get a crooked border on your prints when trying this stuff, don't be shocked. It happens. The frontier than I know (can't think of the model # off hand) cuts the paper before it paints the image onto it. So you'll have a 4x6, 5x7 or whatever size piece of paper being pulled along the paper path to the laser and it almost never stays perfectly square. This is just my experience - yours may differ.

Prints from big box chains... some of them use frontiers.

Many digital cameras make files with a 3:4 aspect ratio or 1:1.333. so if you wanted a 4 inch print from a file with a 3:4 AR what you would want is a print that is 4x5 1/3" roughly. On the frontier, print the 3:4 file on 4x6 using "no crop" = 4x51/3" image with white borders on either edge of the 4x6 piece of paper. 35mm film frames are 24x36mm so they have a 2:3 AR and 4x6 is really suited for that format.

If you can't talk to the printer or they're a complete moron (it happens ) then in photoshop make an action that would pad your 3:4 AR images so that they have a 2:3 ratio without cropping.
1, image size, height = 4 inches (no resampling preferably)
2, canvas size, height = 4 inches width = 6 inches.
With that action you've effectively simulated the frontier's "no crop" option.

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Old 03-13-2006, 06:58 AM
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Thanks!

Thanks for the info! I will try all your suggestions and see if fixes the problen. I attached the the main problem pic that I kept having almost the entire border chopped off from. You'll see why I did'nt want that to happen!

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Old 03-13-2006, 07:00 AM
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P.s.

The pic is of my neice we doctored it up much to her liking! lol!
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:11 AM
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Your aspect ratio is wrong. Its 1.39:1.
Standard 35mm prints are 3:2, digital are usualy 4:3
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