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Cropping an Image before Printing? 4 Tips That Come in Handy

Cropping an Image before Printing? 4 Tips That Come in Handy

Images used for printing should be as large as possible and have a high resolution. Since they need to be adjusted before printing, it’s imperative to familiarize yourself with the best cropping practices. Cropping involves the removal of some parts of an image to enhance framing, change the aspect ratio, or emphasize the subject. Here are some handy tips to help you crop an image correctly before printing.

  • Understanding the Art of Cropping

Before diving into the subject, it’s imperative to understand the difference between a print image and one used in online spaces. When editing images for printing, it’s best to have them at least 200 dpi (dots per inch). It means you can print a 4x6’’ image using a 20 MP camera and print a copy as large as 27 inches.

When cropping the image for online posting, however, the rule of the thumb requires you to maintain the maximum dimension (height or width) to a maximum of 2048 pixels. As such, if using a 20 MP camera, you can crop 80% of the image and still get a pretty clear image.  This is because cropping the image hardly affects its quality.

  • Focus the Image

The primary goal of cropping an image is to focus on the subject matter and highlight the best aspects of the picture. As such, before cropping the image, identify vital features you want to be highlighted on the image. Don’t remove details that contribute to the greater story. For example, in a photo featuring a family, you don’t want to leave out the kids as they are part of the story. However, when printing other kinds of images like portraits, it makes sense to crop in closer, to create a sharper image. This means cropping into the subject’s face to display emotion.

  • Apply the Rule of Thirds

While the technique primarily applies when taking pictures, it’s also useful when cropping images before printing. The rule is designed to create balanced images that have strong focal points. The images are divided into nine rectangles to help you highlight the essential parts. Some editing tools allow you to overlay the image with a grid when cropping.

  • Move the Subject

The cropping technique is useful when printing an image of a moving subject. The idea is to create the illusion that the child, car, or other subject is filling the empty space. The result is a visually engaging print that attracts the viewer’s attention than the uncropped image.

  • Create a Dramatic Effect

When cropping large images, you can create a more dramatic print for maximum visual effect. This means:

  • Cropping the image, so the subject is all that’s visible in the print
  • Focusing on the individual’s face to create as much emotion
  • Cropping a part of the subject’s body out of the frame to display an exciting perspective

Whether you are cropping photos from a smartphone or desktop, these handy tips should help you create the best images for printing. When used along with Snap Canvases free Perfect Print tool, you can showcase the best aspects of the subject to create interest.

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