Photo Mats and Cropping

October 09, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photo Mats and Cropping

When the time comes to purchase photos, you will find that a 4 x 6 photo has a different ratio than a 5” x 7”, which is different than an 8” x 10” photo. In order to make photos print properly, we add the mat around each image so that when you select your prints, none of the image will be "cut off". This cutting off is completely avoidable as the image to the left will show.

This image shows where the same image would be cropped when choosing different size prints. If standard print sizes were 4” x 6”, 5” x 7 ½” and 8” x 12”, they would be the exact ratio side-to-side vs. top-to-bottom and there would be no cropping of any image. Because the ratios are different for each standard size, images must either be cropped or squished together to fit. Since none of us want the squishing, and most photos, that are framed correctly, will lose composition through cropping, we have chosen to address this in production.

As you can see with the crop marks on the image to the right, printing this image at 8" x 10" will cause either the cap or the diploma to be cropped. If you enlarge the crop to the full size of the image, you will not lose any of the important features of the image, but will instead have a black mat around the outside.

So, what does this mean to you and your final prints? It means you can print with the mat, or border on your image and not lose any of the composition of the image, or you can choose to move the crop lines in to the point where you crop out the mat around the outside of the image. By doing so, you are making the decision to crop the image in a manner that is acceptable to you. Cropping is completely acceptable by us giving you this option, it is one more way that Gone To Texas Photo goes above and beyond to provide you with the best possible experience with your photos session from first contact, right through the last contact.

I believe this is the best way to address the "cropping" problem that is typical when selecting the same print at different print sizes. I you would prefer to not have the mat finish, please let us know and we will make sure we post your images without this mat on your images.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at info@GTTPhoto.com and we'll be happy to answer your questions.


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