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Canon A530 Is there a place in the menu to change the size of the picture being taken? I want it set to 4x6 and it seems to be set to cuts my pictures off when I print them out.

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  • Mhankes Feb 07, 2008

    I print through online sources and at photo kiosks at Target. If I crop it myself, I can make sure I'm not cutting anything important out...but that means I have to crop every picture to 4x6 or risk it chopping off a head.

  • Mhankes Feb 07, 2008

    I use a PC

  • nsfbr May 11, 2010

    Unfortunately, the A530 only captures images in a 4:3 ratio.  So, we are going to have to find another way to get your images to print without losing portions of the image.  By the way, this 4:3 ratio is common in this type of camera.  It isn't until and unless you use a more expensive digital, like a d(for digital) SLR camera that you typically have a 1.5:1 ratio.  That is the ratio of 35mm film, which is actually a 24 x 36mm frame size.

    Can I ask you to post what printer you are using, what software you are using to print from, and what your computer operating system is?  


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The only way I know to help you is to suggest a software approach.  The reason I asked for your OS is to know whether or not a Mac solution (which I can personally vouch for) or a Windows solution (which I don't know for sure, but believe will work.
What you need to do is to change the images to that 1.5:1 ratio by adding blank white (or black, or whatever you want) to the long dimension.  This can be done easily using the batch capabilities of a program like GraphicConverter (Mac), Irfanview (PC) or Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (both).  
If you are like me, then you want to save the expanded images to a new location with a new name.  
If you tell me what software you have, I can give you step by step instructions for GraphicConverter or Photoshop.
A second alternative would of course be to find a place that can make prints in the same ratio as your images.  The problem is that this somewhat unpopular print ratio.  Oddly, it is a very popular image ratio for inexpensive cameras.  
A third alternative approach would be to just take the potential cropping into account when you take the picture in the first place.  You could even place some tape over the parts of the LCD that will get cut off.
Please let me know if I can be of any more help.

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  • nsfbr Feb 07, 2008

    Okay, here you go:

    1) Download Irfanview from here: and install it.
    2) Open the program and select the Batch Conversion/Rename function in the File menu
    3) In the window that opens, locate your pictures so that they show up in the rectangular frame on the right hand side. You can select them all with the Add all button, or select the ones you want and them add them using the Add button. There are several things to set in this window such as where you want to store the new files, etc.
    4) In the lower right section of the window make sure you have selected Batch conversion -Rename result files. Below that, there is a place to choose the output format, it should be JPG and a button to choose the options. Click the button and leave everything alone but make sure the quality is 100%. You may want to experiment with this later, but for now, this is the safest option.

    5) Now click the button to the far right called Set Advanced Options. EVERYTHING should be unchecked for now. Check the first item in the Miscellaneous section (lower right) under Canvas size. Then click the button next to it called canvas size.

    6) You need to figure out where you want extra space in your images. The numbers you will enter here depend on what resolution you are shooting at. If you are using the maximum resolution of the A530, which is 2592 x 1944 you need to make the larger size equal to 1.5 times the smaller, so that is 1944 x 1.5 = 2916, or 324 pixels larger than it is now (2916-2592=324). If I were doing it I'd probably add half of that to each side of the large dimension, but you can do it any way you want. So, if you are doing that, you will enter 162, 162, 0, 0 for left, right, top and bottom. Now, change the border color if you want, hit okay to return to the batch conversion window and you are almost done.

    7) At the very bottom of the window click the Set rename options or just type into the box. Use something that begins with $N which is code to keep the main part of the filename and then add something like - 4x6.

    8) If you are all ready, click the start button and in some small amount of time the program should make a whole new set of image files that are just like the ones you started with but ready to print without cropping at 4x6.

    This may seem like a lot of work, but Irfanview is free and once you set it up, it is pretty effortless.

    Have fun.


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