Print sizes and measurements

paper-sizesPaying attention to composition is important when taking a photo. When composing a shot, you need to allow for the fact that the composition may have to be altered when a photo is printed.

Prior to printing, cropping may be necessary so it fist correctly on standard sized photo paper. Cropping simply means trimming off the edges of a photo. Careful cropping can enhance the overall composition of the image.

Why to crop your own photos

Make the decision yourself about how an image is be cropped. Otherwise the edges of photos may be arbitrarily eliminated by your printer or a photo developer.

Some of the most common sizes for printing digital images include:

Print size in inches (millimeters)

3 x 5″ (9cm x 12cm)

3½ × 5″ (89 × 127mm)

4×5″ (102 x 127mm)

3×5″ (76 x 127mm)

4 x 6″ (102 × 152mm) – This is the most commonly used print size by U.S. and Canadian consumers.

4 1/2  x 6″  – size matches the 4:3 aspect ratio found on most Point & Shoot digital cameras.

5 x 7″ (127 × 178mm)

6 × 8″ (152 × 203mm)

8 x 10″ (203 × 254mm)

10 × 15″ (254 × 381mm)

11 × 14″ (279 × 356mm)

8 x 12″ (203 × 305mm)

16 x 20″ (41cm x 51 cm)

20 x 30″ (51cm x 76cm)

10 x 15″ (254 × 381mm)

A2 – 16.54 x 23.36″ (420 x 594mm)

A3 – 11.69 x 16.54″ (297 x 420mm)

A4 – 8.27 x 11.69″ (210 x 297mm)

Some photo labs and online printing service make poster sized prints as large as 30×40.”

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