Need help with cropping for prints

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by soLoredd, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2007
    How do I know how to crop my photos in Aperture for printing from my XSi? I understand aspect ratio comes into play and I believe the XSi is a 3:2 ratio? So, in Aperture (or any app really), if I want to have an 8x10 printed, is it best to crop in Aperture and have my settings for 8x10 or ratio, then send off for the print?

    Also, I've always ordered prints online, either from Apple or Shutterfly or Wal-Mart. I'm thinking of using Costco as a semi-professional friend of mine recommended them. When exporting my file from Aperture, is it best to export as a TIFF or a top quality JPG?

    Thanks :)
  2. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    correct. that way you can crop it how you like, since some printing software will crop it automatically.

    I don't believe there is a difference. just remember to set the color space to sRGB (or the printer's color profile) so the image on the screen is close to what the print will look like.
  3. pprior macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
    Crop in aperture as a version then export. That way you can get it how you want it.

    Export high quality .jpg, Tiff is too large and not necessary for printing. The advantage of tiff is that you can go 16bit and it's lossless, so if you're shooting jpg you should convert to tiff for editing (but better to just shoot RAW). But for printing, stick to jpg (sRGB as noted)

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