How to buy from artist C Ribet | How to Crop or Position Images for Printing

How to buy from artist C Ribet | Crop or Position Images for Printing | Fine Art Papers

Fine Art Prints print on a sheet of paper larger than the printed image dimensions.
For example, if you order an 8x10 Fine Art Print and the image exactly fills the 8x10 positioning area in the configuration tool, you will receive a print on a sheet of paper larger than 8x10. This is true for all Fine Art Prints because of the nature of the print process and to allow for proper framing and matting of the Fine Art Print. You may wish to specifically configure the image to add extra white space around the image for Fine Art Prints. The examples and discussions here show this method.

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It took me a while to understand the way the Zenfolio system works for positioning the photographic image on the paper during the order process for a print (the configuration dialog screen is used to adjust image position for any print process, Canvas Gallery Wrap, Fine Art Print, etc.). …

How to buy from Artist C Ribet | Crop or Position Images for Printing | Photo Papers

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How to buy from artist C Ribet | Using the Configuration Tool for Photo Prints

If you want to ensure that you print the entire image you see on screen (within a small margin of loss for the photo printing and paper cutting process), there are effectively three possible situations you will encounter for photographic prints on photo papers when using the Zenfolio configuration tool.

Case 1, Case 2: You may have an image of exactly the dimensions of the 'Product' or 'Featured Product'. …

How to buy from artist C Ribet | Edge to Edge Printing a Full Image

The first and simplest situation is where the image aspect ratio exactly matches that of the 'Product' (the Zenfolio term for anything physical in our case with prints). This image will by default be printed as a photo print with no white space. We will pick a lioness for the example. This image happens to be exactly 8x10 aspect ration (8x10, 16x20 etc):

We click on the 8x10 Print link in the 'Featured Products' list to get the confirmation screen of the product from the full product list (you may or may not see this screen depending upon Zenfolio's configuration as it is redundant):

How to buy from artist C Ribet | Adding white space around a Full Image

The second case and second simplest situation is where the image aspect ratio exactly matches that of the 'Product' (the Zenfolio term for anything physical in our case with prints) and we want to manually configure the image on the paper such that we will get a photo print with a white border instead of the default edge to edge printing. We will use the same lioness. We will configure the to be printed as a photo print with white space we manually define ourselves:

How to buy from artist C Ribet | Mandatory white space with a Full Image

This situation comes up when there is an image of an aspect ratio that does not match any available print size, and we also do NOT want to print the image cropped but want to see the full image in its entirety.

For this example we will use an odd sized Dewscape / Mizzlescape in the Abstract Landscapes collection:

From the above details page, we click on 10x20 Print to create a 10x20 photo paper print of the image. …

How to buy from artist C Ribet | Elective cropping to a Partial Image

The fourth case is where we want to manually configure the image on the paper to crop it (effectively zooming in on part of the image) such that we will get a photo print without a white border but showing only a partial image with edge to edge printing. We will use the same lioness. We will configure the to be printed as a photo print without white space and a specific cropping we manually define ourselves. …

Fine Art Prints and prints on photo papers are prepared differently by the printer. Fine Art Prints are printed on papers LARGER than the image area on the paper and they are not cut or physically cropped down. Your Fine Art Print will be the image of the dimensions you have configured on screen on a sheet of paper larger than those dimensions. For safety, you may want to add whitespace yourself, but it is not required.

In contrast, prints on photo papers are presesented with NO WHITE SPACE around the image UNLESS YOU SPECIFY WHITE SPACE  yourself using the configuration tool. This is easy to do, but you may or may not want to do it for any given image depending upon how you intend to frame the photo print.

All open edition Fine Art Prints of C Ribet printed at Zenfolio are printed on papers which are some of the same which I use for printing limited editions. These open edition C Ribet Fine Art Prints are prints made by one the highest quality print services and are printed on the best Fine Art Papers of Hahnemuhle (German Etching Board 310) and as such are never printed edge to edge. A significant white space is left around the printed image to allow for proper framing. Cropping and/or positioning of your selected photographs on the Fine Art Paper page is therefore less critical than when you are cropping and configuring a photo paper print.

Photo paper prints are normally printed edge to edge (with a small portion of the image lost when the paper is cut). In order to create a printed sheet with a white border (unprinted paper) you will want to manually configure the printed image area on the photo paper page to give you white space around it, this is a process which you may want to do for framing. You do not have to print with white space. Some odd size images will print with some white space, even on photo papers.

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