|Posted: 3/21/2013 12:37:27 PM|
I have a rather large stash of photos I printed at Walgreens over the past few years that I plan to use in an album, and I want to use the PL protectors.
I noticed that some of these were printed more of a 4 x 5.5 ("true digital format" I think?) instead of 4 x 6. I think this is probably going to make my pages look a little funny if I don't mat them on 4 x 6 paper, because otherwise I'm going to have a large empty space in the layout. I will have to crop a little off of one side if I want to make the mat "even" all the way around.
I could just plan to use them on 6 x 12 cardstock for the larger pockets and avoid using them in the individual 4 x 6 pockets, but that kinda limits my layout options, LOL.
Has anyone else run into this with Walgreens? I like getting my photos printed there because (1) it's convenient, (2)I frequently get my pictures for about 7 cents a print when they have a 50% off sale, and (3) it's a good way to use up my register rewards when there is nothing else there I want to buy. However, I may want to rethink that strategy if I don't want to deal with the odd size photos. Not all of my photos print this way, and I haven't been able to figure out why some do and some don't. I remember seeing the notice that these would not print 4x6 at the time I ordered, and it only applied to some of the pictures. Of course, at the time I was planning on regular ole 12x12 layouts so I didn't care. I've gone back to check which camera I used for those pictures, but some are from my iPhone and some from my Nikon, and yet pictures taken around the same time printed normally.
Does anyone know if there is a way to "override" this printing feature? I can probably just reset the picture size in photoshop. I'm going to play with it after I load my new photoshop software, but that probably won't be for a few weeks yet.
Do all brick and mortar stores print some digital photos in a funny size, or is that just Walgreens?
|Posted: 3/21/2013 1:24:35 PM|
I asked this same question a few weeks ago. Maybe some of these answers will help you out!
I've also learned since then that my camera (a Canon point and shoot) will NOT take photos in a true 4x6 ratio, only the 4x5.33. You may want to check your camera settings.
|Posted: 3/21/2013 1:59:41 PM|
Thank you! I will check out the other thread!
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|Posted: 3/21/2013 2:38:36 PM|
I've had this issue, too. At Walmart.com, you can choose at the end of ordering process if you want true digital or not.
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|Posted: 3/21/2013 6:48:59 PM|
While, I don't use Walgreens, I have had this happen often at other places where I have printed my photos. It is because digital pictures are not a true 3:2 ratio. I have looked for the a feature called "Zoom and Crop" at the on-line places where I get my photos printed (used to be Kodak now it's Shutterfly). Or if there is some type of preview of your photo, it will show if the photo will either have those white edges or if you "zoom and crop" what it would look like at full 4" x 6".
I hope that wasn't too confusing.
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|Posted: 3/22/2013 2:14:25 AM|
If I had that issue in my Project Life - I'd take a 4x6 piece of paper and just stick the photo on, with only a border of the paper showing at the bottom. It actually might be fun to give a little interest in your book. The worst drawback would be the added thickness overall that the extra paper would make by putting it in every pocket.
I have always only used developers that allow me to print digi pics in true 4x6. It crops them in a bit but I like a true 4x6.
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|Posted: 3/22/2013 6:39:36 AM|
You could always just size your photos correctly to the size you want before having them printed. 4x5.5 is the size that my mobile phone takes. To get my processor to print them at the correct 4x5.5 I have to process them with a "white bar" on the side like it's half letterboxed or something. It's annoying has heck. But at least I get the photo unaltered. There are tons of processors out there that will print your photos by unnaturally stretching them to the 4x6 size, which just makes them look weird.
|Posted: 3/22/2013 10:54:52 PM|
You could always push the photo to one side of the pocket, and use the 1/2" leftover as a journal note, the date, a saying, or an embellishment.
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|Posted: 3/23/2013 3:12:27 AM|
My iphone, not sure what the ratio is, but it's not 4x6. Whatever it is though, when I open it into photoshop and doing my regular crop to 3x4 and select the entire image, it's the same ration to 3x4 - so I either print my iphone (my point and shoot is the same too, not true 4x6) at 3x4 and put those in the smaller pockets or I made sure and pull way back when taking pics with either of those two cameras if I know I'm going to want to crop a 4x6 out of it.
Since your's are already printed and ready to go, I would just adhere that picture onto a 4x6 and leave the 1/2" along the end for journaling or just a pretty piece of paper that you repeat somewhere else on the spread. That's actually a nice spot to label the picture - place, date, year, little cute phrase.
ETA: and now I see I should've just said what Bestcee said, lol.
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|Posted: 3/23/2013 10:18:36 AM|
I print almost all my pictures at Walgreens and yes, I know what you are talking about. This is only for point and shoot, my Canon digital SLR DOES do true 4x6. I only have the problem with my original digital camera I had for 10 years and my DH's Canon point and shoot.
BEFORE you place your order, it is better to go in on each picture and "crop" to "4x6". Play around in the Edit and you'll see where you can do that. They WILL give you a chance to print either True Digital or 4x6 BUT you run the risk of them chopping someone's head off or some other bad crop.
I only have the problem now when printing DH's pictures. The only reason I might want his 4x6 is because I prefer glossy and here, True Digital is only printed in mat unless I want to wait because they'll print it elsewhere.
It is a pain, I don't know WHY they came up with the idea to have most digitals take pictures that size.
Frankly, in your case, I think I might just tape a little 1/2 inch decorative cardstock or paper to one side of the picture. That would eliminate the extra thickness as one person was mentioning if you solved the problem with 4x6 cardstock under it. If you did it on all the pictures, I think it would look good.
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