I have a question about picture ratios.

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Posted 1/25/2013 by ladybug4233 in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 1/25/2013 3:53:00 PM
I recently downloaded picframe and I love it.

I am new to ratios and was wondering what they meant. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 4:04:17 PM
I am no expert, but I think that 2:3 or 4:6 is for when you're going to be printing a 4x6, and the other ratios would be for other sizes. Hopefully someone who really knows their stuff will come answer this.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 4:08:17 PM
I'd like to know too. I have never heard of ratios until recently.. I'm curious to know..

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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:08:29 PM
Thanks ladies!! The ratios are: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 2:3, 3:4.



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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:13:16 PM
I am not an expert, but I thought the ratios might deal with the camera sensor and output size of your photo.

An iphone shoots in 4:3 ratio which means when printed at 4x6 the photo is cropped to fit. I fill my frame so cropped photos usually cut off someones head. So these photos I would get the "true digital" type prints so my image is not cropped, but the print is smaller than 4x6.

Digital SLR shoot in 3:2 ratio and when printed at 4x6, nothing is cropped as it fits. (2 times 3:2 is 6:4)

So to best fit your photo in the templates, you enter your photo ratio first.

I use pic jointer but have not printed any to know if that is how to use the ratio in their program.

I hope this made sense as my mind "gets it" but it is hard to explain.



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Posted: 1/25/2013 7:11:34 PM
2:3 is the ratio for printing a portrait or vertical 4x6 and 3:2 is the ratio for printing a horizontal or landscape 4x6. I use the 3:2 ratio all the time in Diptic to make two 3x4 cards for the Design A pp for PL. it prints two on a 4x6.

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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:07:40 AM
Good question, I always wondered what there really used for! Thank god you can resize an image by inches.. I know that when i resize my images in ps it seems like the image would come out better if I used pixels to resize it.. Problem is I don't know the conversion! I wish someone would create a chart with all the different photo sizes and conversions!


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Posted: 1/29/2013 6:34:05 AM
Most small camera take photos in a 3:4 ratio (or 4:3 -- the difference is just landscape vs. portrait orientation). Most DSLRs take photos in a 2:3 (or 3:2) ratio.

A 4x6 photo is a 2:3 ratio. If you use a small camera that takes 3:4 photos, you'll need to either crop to fit a 4x6 or print in 'true digital' format.

If you want to put 2 photos on a 4x6 photo, you'd need two photos with a 3:4 ratio.
If you want to put 4 photos on a 4x6, you'd need four photos with a 2:3 ratio.

Hope that is helpful.

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