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Aspect Ratio

Why do I lose some of my image?

What is Aspect Ratio?

Aspect Ratio determines image dimensions.

It is expressed as two numbers separated by a colon (x:y). They represent the relationship between width and height.

The aspect ratio of a digital SLR is usually 3:2. However, your camera may have a ratio of 5:4, 4:3, 16:9, or you may be able to vary it.

3:2 image will print a full-frame 4×6 print with little to no cropping. Most point and shoot cameras and smartphones are set in the 4:3 ratio, best for 3×4, 6×8 and 12×9 prints.

It’s always best to know what final dimensions are needed before shooting so you can leave enough space for adjustments and cropping when editing.

Avoid Unexpected Cropping

  1. Shoot wide so you have space to work with.
  2. Adjust and crop your images in a photo editing program prior to printing.
  3. Our desktop ordering software will crop your image for you.

The image above shows how an image would be cropped at a 2:3 and 5:4 aspect ratio. 

If your image isn’t quite right and you need to re-size it, then, make sure you constrain the ratio or proportions of your image. 

This will avoid distortion of your image as shown above.

Key Takeaways

  1. Shoot wide to give yourself more wiggle room for possible cropping.
  2. Don’t stretch or squish images to fill space for print.
  3. Let our software do the work. Our ordering software can crop and resize your images.

Aspect Ratio Size Chart 

We’ve created the handy chart below to help make it easy for you to convert aspect ratio to inches.

 If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email us at info@rgbdigital.com.au

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