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1 - Introduction

Aspect Ratios

The aspect ratio of photographs made with a digital SLR camera is 3 to 2 or 3:2.

If the aspect ration of the photography paper isn't 3:2, then a portion of the photograph will be cropped.

Your digital SLR photographs will fit on the paper sizes below.

4" x 6"
8" x 12"
20" x 30"

Your digital SLR photographs won't fit on the paper sizes below.

5" x 7"
8" x 10"
8.5" x 11"
11" x 14"
16" x 20"
17" x 22"

Full-frame Prints

If you want to use one of the above paper sizes—and don't want to crop—print full-frame.

If you use a lab, ask them if they can print full-frame.

If not, read on.

Getting Full-frame Prints

Decide what kind of borders you want.

There are two choices.

Choice #1 - Bleed

The photograph is as large as possible.

However, the top and bottom borders are distracting.

Display the print in a matte.

Or, you or the lab can trim the borders.

Choice #2 - Four Borders

The four borders frame the photograph, if it isn't going to matted.


Narrow black borders were added to the photographs below for clarity when printing this tutorial.

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Choice #1 - Bleed Choice #2 - Four Borders
Image size is 9.33" x 14" on 11" x 14" paper. Image size is 9" x 13.5" on 11" x 14" paper.


Instructions will be given for the Bleed choice.

As we go along, the values for the Four Borders choice will be given in blue, preceded by this symbol, §.