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Process Cropping For the very first time I placed an order for prints with Snapfish. Most of my images had been edited by me more or less with Photoshop. There is a place at the end of the ordering process where they let you know how some images will be cropped (on the top and bottom). I didn't want mine cropped so I choose to have the photos printed to a slightly smaller size where the cropping would not be necessary. Well, I received my prints and found that some were cropped anyway, and, of course, the ones where it was detrimental to the image. I am not happy about this and sent an inquiry to their service staff, twice. No answer!! So, I wonder if anyone here can explain what I have to observe to not have this happen again. What is needed to get a, say 4x6 print, that will not have to be cropped by a processing service? Do I have to have a certain amount of pixels? A definitive image size? I prefer to crop my photos the way I like them, not the way the processing lab chooses to do them. Has anyone else had this experience?

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Most digital cameras have an aspect ratio of 4x3. 35mm cameras have an aspect ratio of 3x2. 6x4 photopaper also has an aspect ratio of 3x2. Therefore you don't get cropping when printing from 35mm film. To make the picture fill out the 6 inches, the digital footprint has to be 6" by 4.5". So .5 inches is removed in the process. If you can find a processor that will print 5.333 x 4 on the 6 x 4 paper, there would be no clipping necessary. Since you have Photoshop, you can crop the photo to a 3 x 2 ratio. That way you control what is cut. I use Photoshop Elements and when I use the Rectangular Marquee Tool, I set Style to "Fixed Aspect Ratio" and Width to 3, and Height to 2.

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