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Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:08 pm

I have just been on holiday and as well as some aviation photographs, I used the digital to take my holiday snaps which I now want to put onto a CD to take to the local supermarket (ASDA/Wallmart) to get 5x7 inch prints done.
I want to adjust the composition, lighting and sharpness myself but want to be in control of the cropping rather than leaving it to the machines, in other words to present them with a 5x7" picture for a perfect print.
I am sure that in Photoshop there must be a way to place a 5x7 frame onto my image so that I can then move it around before cropping it but am struggling to find it.
And what about the resolution. The default seems to be 96dpi which I thought was rather low.
Canon is a Canon 10d
Can any Photoshop wizards give me any hints please?
A bit off topic I appreciate, but I will be printing some aircraft as well !
Mick Bajcar
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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:13 pm

you should be able to bring them on a CF card.

I would do all your color/image adjusting, and then set your crop tool to 5 x 7 and crop the image. Don't worry about a border most machines I have seen trim the border off in-machine, leaving you a full bleed image (IE no white border).

It is really easy once you get the hang of it!

Good luck.
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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 3:43 pm


Use the fixed size crop tool in photoshop and set to 5 x 7. The resolution I aim for is between 200 - 300dpi and for 5 x 7 use no less than 1400 x 1000 pixels, calculated at 250dpi (7 x 5) preferably 2100 x 1500 (300dpi). I print 6 x 4 at 1600 X 1200 and they come out real nice although I only do prints of my son.
I have taken a CD to a supermarket before but they do accept all type of memory card including USB stick although I use photobox the same company that provide photo prints here.

Hope this helps

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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:29 pm


A non-technical suggestion.
Boots in the UK will print 50 (and more pro rata price!) 6x4's overnight for £5.00! Incredible deal.
Not sure about 7x5's but it may be worth checking.

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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:30 pm

I can second Stephens recommendation about Photobox, great images and delivered within a couple of days.

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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:37 pm

I'll third the reccomendation for photobox... superb quality and super fast service!  bigthumbsup 


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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 8:10 pm

Another recommendation from me for Photobox
I had one of my Concorde photos enlarged to 30x20 and had it delivered the next day  bigthumbsup 

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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:18 pm

Hi Mick, I tried Boots last week for some 4x6's of a wedding, I set the ratio to 4x6 for cropping and processing resized them to 1600px width, constrained height of 1066. The print quality was excellent but they came out slightly darker than I would of liked but the result was still very good.

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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:37 pm

IMHO to get the best quality file for a print you'd rather use your Rectangular Marquee Tool, Style Fixed Aspect Ratio Width 7/ Height 5. When you have placed the marquee in the right place (this is the tricky part; leave some room around the motive in case they crop too tight at the lab) just go to Image>Crop. This way there is no need to care about resolution.


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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 9:57 pm


One thing to watch out for when getting 6 by 4 or 7 by 5's done in the high street is that they may crop the edges a bit more than you have with the crop tool. By all means use the Photoshop crop tool (I do, in Elements 3 you can set it to standard print sizes for example), but leave a few more pixels than normal around the edges, just in case. I've lost several nose and tail tips, just a few pixels, but enough to be annoying. Personally I can't stand images where the subject is right up against the edges of the picture anyway, something which many here seem to prefer, but for me the subject needs just a little space around the edges to 'frame' the composition.

Boots were quite good and very cheap if you do 50 or more.

The best way to take the photos to the shop is on your memory card - edit them on your PC then stick them back on the card.

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RE: Holiday

Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:16 pm


1. Crop ratio 7x5...
2. Resize image to 7x5" or just over, keeping the total pixels the same (i.e. do not resize total pixels) and allow the pixels per inch to go up to whatever (no harm in higher resolutions / no need to constrain to lower resolutions for the sake of it)
3. Sharpen a little less than you would for the web, although slight over sharpening is unlikely to notice too much at 7x5

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RE: Holiday

Sat Aug 13, 2005 12:39 am

Thanks for the help. Once I found the preset frames, like Clickhappy said, it is quite simple.
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