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Crop Ratio Impact on Print



  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    The crop ratio that you select in Edit has no effect on printing. For example, if you crop to 8x12 and then print at 8x10, the 8x10 will be taken from the center of the 8x12 and extra will just be cut off.

    The only affect cropping has on printing is if you crop too small and don't have enough resolution for a good print. That's when you would use On1 Resize.

    You need to make sure your crop ratio fits the print that you want. If your final print is supposed to be 8x10, then you need to crop to 8x10 to get that result.

    If the area of your photo that you want doesn't fit into the 8x10 ratio, the only way to 'squash' it is by using transform*. There are no settings in Crop, Export or Resize that will alter a photo that way so you need to do it yourself.

    *The transorm that's in the tool well, not the one in Develop.

    Regarding resolution, see pages 155 1nd 156 in the user guide.




  • Merle Becker

    Rick  Thanks but paragraph one (no effect) seems contradictory to paragraph three (crop ratio fits print wanted) Does that mean that unless I am going to print a super print outside of those ratio's listed that I should think a head to want I want and be sure to start the process and select a crop ratio to match.  Transform could adjust but I assume that is not typically recommend.

    But then I still question - If I use Free Form or 1x1 and entering photo in contest that states they want an 8x10 or 8.5x11 I had better be very aware of what is on the edges of photo I am editing because the "crop ratio" I select will be adjusted to the paper size?  

    Are most papers 8.5 x 11?  so if I do go with a crop of 9x16 since it is a landscape, when printing on 8.5x11 paper it is going to pull that 16 edge in to fit the paper? Sorry for asking such basic questions but I just don't see this in the manual or videos. Maybe Dylan can do a 5 min quickie on.  THANKS for your assistance.  Merle

  • Rick Sammartino Community moderator

    I don't get why you keep mentioning freeform. All freeform does is allow you to set a crop that's not on the list. Whether you pick a preset crop from the list or set your own crop in freeform, all of the same rules apply, crop is crop.

    I don't know what a super print is, so can't comment on that.

    If your photo contest needs 8x10, then that's the crop you need. If you print on 8.5x11 you'll have left and right edges to trim off. Like this...


    If you want to print 16x9 on 8.5x11 you need to fit the long edge and that will leave blank areas top and bottom to trim off like this...


    You're making this way harder than it has to be. I would suggest that you try printing to PDF a few times to see what results you get.

    This example prints to Microsoft Print to PDF. Paper size is letter but print size is 8x10, so there are borders all the way around. You can play with the settings and see what you get.


    Edited to add: By the way, something I forgot to mention, 8x10 is not 8 inches x 10 inches, it's just a ratio Length x Width. It could just as easily be 8 feet x 10 feet. The paper you print on determines how big it will be, but the ratio will still be 8x10.



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