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Old Mar 21, 2011, 2:11 AM   #1
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I know there are some knowledgable people here so please give me some answers to my problem. When I transfer a picture from my camera to the computer it gets distorted, for example an aeroplane side on would look far to long, a portrait shows up with a fat face. I have tried changing the screen resolution, tried adjusting the monitor, I have even tried moving the task bar to the side, but nothing works. It is a liquid christal monitor about 10 inches by 16. your comments will be appreciated.
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Old Mar 21, 2011, 2:19 AM   #2
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I notice I have been lax in posting anything on here, so here is a Lion taken with a panasonic FZ 50. hope you like it?
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This is the desktop wallpaper you're talking about? Check the wallpaper settings. I have 'Fill', 'Fit', 'Stretch' etc. It sounds like you're using 'Stretch' whereas you want one of the others.

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I know there are some knowledgable people here so please give me some answers to my problem. When I transfer a picture from my camera to the computer it gets distorted, for example an aeroplane side on would look far to long, a portrait shows up with a fat face. I have tried changing the screen resolution, tried adjusting the monitor, I have even tried moving the task bar to the side, but nothing works. It is a liquid christal monitor about 10 inches by 16. your comments will be appreciated.
There is no magic answer to this problem. If the picture doesn't fit, it doesn't
fit. You can crop the picture so that it fits the screen. Alternatively, you can have
blank spaces at the top and bottom for 16:9 aspect ratio pictures, or at the sides
for 4:3 (old TV) aspect ratio. The only other option is to distort the picture so that
it fills the frame.

Your 16x10 monitor has an aspect ratio of 16/10 = 1.6. You can use image editing
software to crop your image so that the aspect ratio is correct. The GIMP crop
tool has a real-time aspect ratio indication which makes this job very easy.

This is your lion cropped to 16:10. The crop is uncomfortably close to his
head and feet, but at least it should fit your frame.
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...When I transfer a picture from my camera to the computer it gets distorted, for example an aeroplane side on would look far to long, a portrait shows up with a fat face..
How are you transferring the photos? Be specific (what software are you using).

Unless you're using software that's trying to resize the images, and you're specifically telling it dimensions in pixels to use that do not honor the original aspect ratio (ratio of width to height), then you should never have that problem

If you're seeing the type of distortion you're mentioning, then something in your process is setup incorrectly (you've probably got software trying to resize images to a specific size for width x height in pixels, and the size you've got setup does not match up to the original aspect ratio of the image).
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I know there are some knowledgable people here so please give me some answers to my problem. When I transfer a picture from my camera to the computer it gets distorted, for example an aeroplane side on would look far to long, a portrait shows up with a fat face. I have tried changing the screen resolution, tried adjusting the monitor, I have even tried moving the task bar to the side, but nothing works. It is a liquid christal monitor about 10 inches by 16. your comments will be appreciated.
What brand and model of monitor?

Do you have the specs from the manufacturer for its' original listed resolution?

What software do you use to transfer the image from camera to computer?

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What a great response, thank's guys. My monitor is a 19 inch Benq model ET007b. I use Paint shop pro 7 and resize to 800 x 600 smart size with maintain aspect ratio 1.3333. On my camera I use 4.3 aspect ratio. I have not checked on wallpaper settings yet.
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What a great response, thank's guys. My monitor is a 19 inch Benq model ET007b. I use Paint shop pro 7 and resize to 800 x 600 smart size with maintain aspect ratio 1.3333. On my camera I use 4.3 aspect ratio. I have not checked on wallpaper settings yet.
BTW, Welcome to the forum.

19in LCD with 1.6:1 aspect ratio. That probably means your screen
resolution is 1440x900 or something similar. That is a bit wider than
the aspect ratio of the pictures from your camera.

If you resize and maintain the same aspect ratio, your resized
images will still have the wrong aspect ratio. If you resize and
force a 1.6:1 aspect ratio, the image will be distorted.

One answer is to resize to 1440x1080 (1.333:1 or 4:3) and then
crop the top and bottom down to 1440x900 (1.6:1) using the
crop tool. I use GIMP, I'm sure Paintshop Pro will also have
a crop tool.
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What kind of distortion do you see in that picture of a Lion?

Fat faces and long airplanes sounds like a very short lens.

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perhaps this is a better example of what I mean.
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