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How to change aspect ratio

Just obtained our first digital camera recently, uploaded pictures to computer, cropped them to the way we wanted them to look as a finished product, and had them printed at Costco. Well, the printed photo's had the top of people's heads cut off lol. The helpful person there indicated that since we were printing 4x6 prints, there should be a setting on the camera itself to change the aspect ratio to 3:2 which would make the printed product look like the edited photo. I found in the menu setting, "picture size", and if I change the megapixels to 4.4 instead of 5.0, there is a [3:2] indication by it. Is this changing the aspect ratio as well as lowering the megapixels? Thanks for any help.

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Re: How to change aspect ratio

That sounds like the setting. You would be using less pixels with the 3:2 aspect ratio. Since you said you had cropped the photos prior to sending them to the printer, you could have cropped them to a 3x2 ratio. I do that often. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements and when you use the selection tool, you have the option of setting the aspect ratio to 3:2 or anything. Then every selection rectangle will be 3:2 and you only have to decide how large to make the rectangle and where to put it. Then when you do the crop, you get a perfect 3:2 ratio photo. When you select the rectangular marquee tool (selection box) the Options line will appear just below the row of shorcut icons. If it does-not, click on the "Windows" button at the top of the page and make sure that "Options" has a check-mark beside it. On the Options line you will find a box that says "Normal". Click the "V" to the right of "Normal" and select "Fixed Aspect Ratio". Then in the two boxes to the right enter the numbers Width 3 and Height 2.

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