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September 13, 2010 /

wall collages {or} why size matters

have you recently received a gallery full of gorgeous photos of yourself? have you gone through it a dozen times and still feel overwhelmed? do you find yourself wondering what in the world you're g...

have you recently received a gallery full of gorgeous photos of yourself? have you gone through it a dozen times and still feel overwhelmed? do you find yourself wondering what in the world you’re going to do with them all? then you may be suffering from TMAPS (too many awesome photos syndrome).

TMAPS is a common problem for our clients. symptoms may include:

• the inability to decide what photos to print
• indecisiveness on where to hang said prints
• a sense of frustration as to how to arrange and display those prints

well, darling clients, we have the answer to all of your problems! in the “products” section of your gallery there is a whole category of pre-designed wall collages to help you overcome this terrible malady.

but first! a few words on photos and how they’re printed. (brace yourselves! some 8th grade math is coming back to smack you in the face.)

once upon a time, photos were captured in a 4×5 aspect ratio. (this is why 8×10″ prints are still so popular.) however, that’s no longer the case with digital photography. today, most photos have an aspect ratio of 2×3. this is the reason that most print sizes will require that your photos be cropped. what exactly does that mean in plain english?

anything with a ratio or 2×3 will print the full photo. i.e. 4×6, 8×12, 16×24, and 20×30 will not require us to crop any of the photo. however, any other size will need some cropping to print correctly. for you visual learners out there, here’s an example to scale:


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now 99 times out of 100, minimal cropping won’t affect the photo too much. but in the rare case that a photo will lose something important when cropped, we will definitely alert you before we order it.

the next lesson today is: SIZE MATTERS. the average person considers an 8×10 print to be a “large” print. sadly, this is not the case. for this lesson, we’ve created a mock up of what an 8×10 would look like above an average sized couch.


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it looks so lonely up there on the wall all by itself! in contrast, here’s the same photo sized to a 20×24 against the same couch:


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much better, right?

so now that you’ve absorbed those two very important lessons, back to the wall collages! we have 25 different layouts, so there’s something for every situation. below are a few of our favorites. to see them all, check out the full gallery at our facebook page.


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-gina

gina&tony

Comments

I totally love that you posted information on this! Yes, why put a desk print up your wall? You gotta go with 11x14s at least. And the photo clusters are so artistic – the more the better, imo!

If you get 25 comments do you get a free 8 x 10? 😛

I kid! EXCELLENT idea to explain this better. I found it very helpful.

Awesome post! You explained it all so perfectly!

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