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Old Feb 1, 2006, 6:19 AM   #1
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I want to give out a CD of some photos to a few friends and let them print what they want. I want to know what size to crop them to. I have been working on them and cropping them to 4x6 but what if someone wants an 8x10 or something else?

Is there a size or shape that can be passed on or do I need to crop each size? Lots of work.

What do you all give out or crop to?
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 6:24 AM   #2
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I wouldn't crop at all (unless you have an artistic reason to do so to fix composition). Most places that print photos automatically adjust the image to fit whatever size you choose. If the photo is not in the correct aspect ratio for the print size, most of the time you can choose how you want the picture cropped. No sense creating extra work for yourself.
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 10:29 AM   #3
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One thing to add. When you are doing you're own post processing prior to creating the CD, you need to keep in mind what print types people may want to print. The aspect ratio of 4x6 is very different than 8x10. So, if you take a portrait oriented picture (lets say of a person) and crop tightly with a 4x6 aspect ratio. If they order an 8x10 print the person is going to lose the top of his/her head and some off the bottom. When in doubt, leave extra room so they can print 4x6, 5x7 or 8x10 (most common print sizes here in the States) without losing part of the picture. You may not get the exact framing you as the photographer would prefer but that's the trade-off with giving a single image file and not knowing what size they were going to print out.

Also, as the other person stated, leave the image at full size and least compression - there should be plenty of room on the CD
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rjseeney,

By the way - is that the real Paul Stanley? Did you get a chance to meet him? Just curious.
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Yes, that is really Paul. I used to work in the entertainment industry (until 2 weeks ago in fact), and he happened to be at one of our conferences.
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Old Feb 1, 2006, 4:59 PM   #6
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To my way of thinking, you're giving your pix away to your buds. Unless you have a personal reason for cropping a particular photo, I would just leave it alone. If a friend wants a pic to be a certain way, it should be their responsibility to crop it like they want. That shouldn't be too much to ask for the free pix.

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