Original crop vs. print crop

A very long time ago, I downloaded these great cropping guides from Paint the Moon. Since the photos from our full-frame cameras do not automatically fit a standard 5x7, 8×10, or 11×14, we thought this would be helpful to see how much of your image you will “lose” by cropping it in various sizes. This is a huge reason why DCPG likes to take care of the printing for you, so we can adjust the image as needed and add more "real estate" around the photo so that we don't lose so much of the image by doing just a straight-up crop.  

Please note; these guides are for crop reference only, scroll to the bottom of the post for a graphic showing relative print size. 

Canvas wraps

If you are using our digital files to purchase a canvas wrap, you will need to ensure an additional 2 inches of clearance around the main parts of your image so that nothing important gets folded out of the way. If you are not sure, PLEASE don't hesitate to email me with the desired final image size and what vendor you are using. I want your photo to look the way it was intended to and will help you get it to spec. If the original crop is too tight, we can always add a solid color border to make up for the wraparound part. This takes me only minutes and I am happy to do it for you!

Sizing wall art

When printing for walls, we always say bigger is better. Look at these relatively sized portraits and see how tiny even an 11x14" print looks on a wall. If you're going with a single piece, start at least with a 16x20" if the wall is skinny. If it's over a couch or mantle or a large open space, go huge! If a giant portrait print isn't your vibe, try a collage of wall art instead! We can help design it for you using photos of your actual wall.

Adding a mat increases the size of a small print, then grouping them to create a stunning wall collage

Contact us today to talk about how we can hang portraits we will take, have taken, or even if someone else has. We'd love to help design your walls!