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Bruce Rancourt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/3/2007

Cropped digital print images

I cannot seem to obtain prints from labs to the desired size. If I set up a photo in Photoshop and size it to 8X11, it always comes back from the lab cropped.

How do I ensure that when I submit a digital photo to a lab for priniting that I get the entire print? If I specify 8X10 on the monitor at 300 DPI, I never get the entire image. Is this a function of the lab or am I doing something wrong?

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4/8/2009 9:08:16 AM

Aimee C. Eisaman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/13/2007
  I have had the same problem. Sized it to 16X20 in PS and it still lost like 1/4 inch off the bottom of my shot! When I asked the Ritz employee they mumbled something about their template not being exactly that size. They didn't say anything that made sense to me! I hope that someone can shed some light on this one as well! Most of the time a slight crop doesn't matter, but I had an almost full frame shot with just enough room between my subject and the edge to keep it all together and then they cropped it and 1 flower petal is going out of frame...ruined it! :~)

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4/8/2009 7:58:13 PM

Bruce Rancourt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/3/2007
  I submitted an 11X14 digital photo to a lab and was told that this was not a full frame format and they recommended 10X15 which is the standard size that could be done on their machines. However, they did have a machine that would do 11X14, but It would take a few days to do. When I recieved this photo back at a cost of $19.95 they had cropped over an inch of the most critical portion of the photo. Very frustrating. I had resized this in photo shop to 11X14 expecting that I would get what I saw on the monitor. Same for 8X10. I lost over 1/2 an inch on an 8X10. I was wondering if what I see on the monitor as 8X10 is really 8X10. This is very frustrating. I am at the point where I am thinking of purchasing my own printer and prinitng my own photos. But if I do, will I run into the same problems. I guess one lesson learned is to leave more breathing room around the edges when I shoot.

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4/9/2009 4:08:06 AM

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