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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.

Configuring the Photo Print for Framing
If you are going to frame the print with a mat yourself or at a frameshop, you most likely want to print the photo paper print with white space around the image. This allows you to have the framer have plenty of paper under the mat to keep the print securely in place when framed. it also allows you to display a small region of white space around the image in the final framed art piece. This can look very nice with a black mat and saves the cost of double matting as well while achieving a similar look and feel.

Configuring the Photo Print for a Poster
If you want to use a photo print as a wall poster or for a poster framing style frame (where you likely will not mat the image at all), then you may or may not want whitespace around the image. The default is that there is no white space unless you see it on screen when using the configuration tool. You will need to use the cropping and configuration tool to show white space on screen for a photo print, or you will not have any - the image will be edge to edge on the paper.



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