Crop digital photos to fit standard frames
Resize digital photos into standard sizes that can be framed and shared
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Printing standard-size digital photos (like 4" x 6" and 5" x 7") to fit into frames or photo albums requires some photo resizing. That's because most photo frames are sized for traditional 35mm images, which are rectangular, whereas the size of a digital photo is more square. We'll show you several simple methods for cropping and printing your digital images.
The challenge: square vs. rectangle photo shape (aspect ratio)
Digital images are more square than rectangular, and they do not fit neatly into pre-made frames and other photo display items.
The aspect ratio dilemma applies to all the standard photo frame sizes.
An aspect ratio is simply the ratio between the width and height—the shape of an image. A square photo, for example, would have a 1:1 aspect ratio (width is the same as the height).
Most point-and-shoot digital cameras have a 4:3 aspect ratio—they are more square-shaped than rectangular.
But a 4" x 6" photo, in comparison, has a 3:2 aspect ratio. This aspect ratio, based on traditional 35mm photo film, has been the standard for decades.
If you printed a true digital image without changing its size, the closest measurement to 4" x 6" would be 4" x 5.3"—not good if you have a frame or album page with space for a 4" x 6" picture.
This same dilemma applies to all the standard photo frame sizes: 5" x 7" (7:5 aspect ratio), 8" x 10" (5:4), etc.
The fix: photo cropping
Examine your image before you crop—if you're worried about something being "cropped off" (like the top of someone's head), crop the image yourself rather than having it done automatically.
Cropping minimizes background distractions (like the wayward arm in this example) and creates a more powerful image.
A digital image will not fit into a standard 4" x 6" or other standard-size photo frame without some image resizing. And most photo printers and photo labs print in these traditional sizes.
The solution? Before you print your image you'll have to crop it slightly.
HP Photosmart photo printers or a photo service like Snapfish will automatically crop your photo before printing.
But not all photos are good candidates for automatic photo cropping. Look at your image. Is there plenty of room around your subject? Is your photo centered? If so, then the automatic cropping options should work just fine.
If not, an important part of your photo (like the top of someone's head) could be trimmed off when the photo is centered and automatically cropped.
If you don't have much space around your subject, or if your subject is off center, then you'll want to crop the photo yourself. There are several ways to crop a photo yourself:
- You can crop photos yourself in-printer with an HP Photosmart photo printer or All-in-One.
- "Drag and drop" images on your PC desktop using the HP Photo Print Gadget with Smart Crop for perfectly cropped photos.
- Crop your image using free Windows Live Photo Gallery software.
Crop to it: Snapfish photo cropping
Snapfish gives you a choice: They will crop the image to a standard size for you or retain the shape of the original digital image.
Snapfish offers slightly resized prints in traditional photo sizes like 4" x 6", 5" x 7", etc. And they have a 4" × 5.3" ("True Digital") option that prints the photo with no cropping. It preserves every pixel of your photograph—it just won’t fit in a standard-size frame.
Now you can access Snapfish to upload, view, and print your photos directly from Web-connected HP Photosmart printers such as the HP Photosmart 6520 e-All-in-One.
Learn more about printing from Snapfish using your printer at home—PC free.
Digital picture frames resize photos for you
Digital picture frames can crop your photos to fit its screen—or leave their original size intact.
Digital picture frames give you several photo presentation options:
- Select "ORIGINAL" (the default) to display pictures with their original properties (with their full height in normal aspect ratios). This means that many pictures may not fill the screen.
- Select "OPTIMAL" and pictures will enlarge to fit the screen.
Print photos at home
Once you’ve cropped or resized your photos, use the following HP supplies to give you stunning prints at home!
- Print beautiful, long-lasting photos with Original HP ink and photo paper. Make memories last—photos resist fading for generations1
- Save up to 10% with HP ink multipacks2
- Save up to 40% on your printing with Original HP XL Ink cartridges2
- Get consistent, professional results—every time
- High-quality printing for every project
- Prints dry instantly and provide rich, vivid colors that are smudge and water resistant
- Print, scan, copy, fax
- 4.3" color touchscreen
- ISO print speed up to 14 pages per minute (ppm) black, 10 ppm color3
- Automatic photo tray holds up to 20 pages
- Lab-quality photos from 5 individual inks
- 25-sheet automatic document feeder
To see how printer features allow you to print lab-quality photos right in your home, watch this video.
- 1Display-permanence rating by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., or HP Image Permanence Lab. For details, see hp.com/go/printpermanance.
- 2Compared with single, standard HP ink cartridges. Based on average retail pricing. Actual retail pricing may vary.
- 3ISO speeds measured using ISO/IEC 24734 or ISO/IEC 29183. Excludes first page or first set of test documents. For more information, see hp.com/go/printerclaims. Exact speed varies depending on the system configuration, software application, driver, and document complexity.