postcard printing : what image aspect ration should i use?

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  1. Tinderbox (UK)

    Tinderbox (UK) Well-Known Member

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    Hi.

    I have a Canon SELPHY CP740 printer with the postcard paper and cartridge , but when i print out my photo it misses the top and bottom of the pictures.

    As far as i can tell the postcards are 148x100mm that an aspect ratio of 1.48:1

    Now i can take photo`s in 3 different aspect ratio

    1 / 1.33:1 = 4:3

    2 / 1.50:1 = 3:2

    3 / 1.78:1 = 16:9

    Would option 2 - 1.50:1 = 3:2 be my best bet to minimize lost image?

    Thanks

    John.
     
  2. DetlevCM

    DetlevCM Active Member

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    The answer to your question is yes.
    1.5 : 1 is closest to 1.48 : 1.

    If you wanted to go into horrible detail you could actually calcualte your area and do the maths as to how much "area" you loose.
     
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    saraseo New Member

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    When designing a postcard for printing, there are a few guidelines that you have to adhere to. The smallest size your postcard can be is 3.5” by 5” (the size of an index card). Any size smaller than this will not be able to run through the US Post Office. The largest size a postcard can be (and still be considered for the postcard pricing of 24 cents an item) is 4.25” by 6”. A postcard must also be a minimum thickness of .007 inches (this means that you cannot send a piece of paper cut to size as a postcard). You will also need to design your postcard with both a front and a back, and the address must be readable on the back side. You'll also want to make sure to design your postcard in a program that your printer accepts (for example, any of the Microsoft Office suite, Quark Xpress, or Adobe file formats). Check with your printer to make sure that your file format is accepted before sending any digital files.
     
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    I would have to agree with saraseo on this one - synchronizing your printer with a program that you are going to use is a vital step you need to consider prior to doing all the work that you have planned, though it will be up to you what size of the postcard to make - I would suggest going with what you feel provides you with the desired results - respect, but do not follow the standards!

    S.
     
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