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When I try to print a photo at 11x14 taken with my sony F707 camera set at image size of 2590x1920 a great deal of the picture is cut off. In print preview in PSE if I set the image size at 11 high then the width becomes apprx 16 inches. In the printing of the photo a couple of inches is cut off. My question. 1. If I shot the picture at a 3:2 ratio which is closer to the 35mm format (an option on the camera) would less of the image be cut off? or 2. Is there ...

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    When I try to print a photo at 11x14 taken with my sony F707 camera set at image size of 2590x1920 a great deal of the picture is cut off. In print preview in PSE if I set the image size at 11 high then the width becomes apprx 16 inches. In the printing of the photo a couple of inches is cut off.

    My question.

    1. If I shot the picture at a 3:2 ratio which is closer to the 35mm format (an option on the camera) would less of the image be cut off?

    or

    2. Is there a way to change the image to fit the 11x14 size paper without resampling the image?

    I hope this makes sense.

    Thanks in advance for any help with this.

    Julio
    Julio Guerra Guest

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    Julio, this is a problem we've all experienced, because neither the 4:3
    ratio of most digital cameras nor the 3:2 ratio of 35 mm matches many of the
    standard print sizes. Actually the 4:3 is closer to the 11x14 ratio than is
    the 3:2 (4/3=1.33, 14/11=1.27, 3/2=1.5).

    Your best bet is to go to the Rectangular Marquee tool, choose Style: Fixed
    Aspect Ratio and set the 11 and 14 as your width and height (or height and
    width, depending on picture orientation. Then drag the tool over your image
    and create a selection, choosing what you want to keep and what you want to
    discard. When you're happy with your selection, do and Image>Crop and your
    remaining picture will be exactly in the ratio of 11:14.

    With respect to printing, once you've done the crop, you need to go into
    Image>Resize>Image Size and adjust your Doent size to 11 inches by 14
    inches. If you do that with Resampling unchecked, you'll probably find out
    that the resultant resolution is too small for a decent 11x14 (you need
    somewhere in the vicinity of 180-200 ppi as a minimum). While it will cost
    you some sharpness, you can then check the Resample box, set the Resolution
    for your minimum, and click OK. The resampled image will be 11 inches by 14
    inches at, say, 200 ppi and is ready to print.

    Hope that helps!

    Chuck


    Chuck Snyder Guest

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    Julio,
    It's obvious that you're given this some thought.

    1. A 3:2 ratio would give you the opportunity to print a 10" x 15" pic. Is that better than 11" x 16" ?

    2. No , not really . Your best choice is to crop the image to the best 11" x 14" you can frame in Elements , without resampling. As you have found, your choices in the camera about pixel dimensions ( e.g. 1600x1200, 2590 x 1920 ) , do not often correspond with standard photo sizes ( e.g. 4 x 6 , 5 x 7 , 8 x10, 11 x 14 ) . That's the point where we make the subjective judgements about just what we want the photo to include.

    :-)

    Brent
    brent bertram Guest

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    Thanks Brent and Chuck.

    Does it make sense then that when I am taking the original shot to fix the image in the frame to account for the loss of image when printing.

    If so, are there any tricks or guidelines to think of and use when I am framing the image in the camera?

    Again Thank You

    Julio
    Julio Guerra Guest

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    Julio,
    It may make sense, but it also may make sense to simply print the entire image as large as you can on 11 x 14 paper, and trim with scissors or papercutter to get even borders on your print. If you're using standard frames, that may be a problem, but if you usemat boaard to mount your own prints, its not a problem at all.

    :-)

    Brent
    brent bertram Guest

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