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After my post on printing in unusual sizes, someone asked me how you can print the smaller sizes at a place like Costco. If you invest in Photoshop Elements (I think it’s around $70), you can actually recoup your expenses in the long run if you print lots and lots of small pictures.
Why is that?
Because after you re-size your pictures, you can drag those smaller pictures onto one canvas and print them on a single 4×6.
For example, you can crop six photos into 2×2, create a 4×6 canvas, and drag the six photos onto the canvas. You’ll print all six photos as one 4×6 print. Six photos for the price of one 4×6 print!
Printing Multiple Photos Onto a 4×6 Print
Sometimes I want a very unusual size, like I might digitally crop a photo to 3×6.5. When I do this I’m not looking for that specific size, necessarily. It’s just that when I’m working on the cropping, that’s the size that I happen to think looks cool for that photo.
Here’s a 4×6 print I developed most recently. The white gap in the middle is the extra space on the print. The photos on the left are 3×2. The photo on the right is 2×4.
The other two photos for the layout fit on one other 4×6 print. I cropped them into individual photos and put my layout together:
It’s most economical to print on 4×6′s, because they cost significantly less than the enlarged sizes.
But I’ve also found I use much less product when I have enlarged photos, since they take up so much space. So that extra cost for enlarging may end up a wash when when you factor savings in scrapbook supplies.
Here are some of the more typical sizes I tend to print in…
Unusual Sizes I typically Print
You can fit six 2×2′s onto a 4×6 print using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
You can fit four 2×3 photos onto a 4×6 print.
3×3 or 4×4
Place two 3×3′s, or one 2×3 + one 3×3 on a 4×6 print.
6×6, 6×8, or 8×8
I place one picture of these sizes onto an 8×8 print.
Or I like to do grid collages like the one above in the 8×8 size.
9×9 or 8×12
These sizes would both go on an 8×12 print. If I’m doing a 9×9 photo, that still leaves me room for quite a few 3×3 photos all around the edges of the print, so I often add photos of that size to the print, whether they’re for the same layout or a different one.
I would not have been able to showcase the beauty of our desert to the same degree, nor the fun of being out there that morning with 4×6 photos. Both the focal point photo and the collage on the right are 8×12′s.
Costco prints in all of these sizes, plus larger ones. Non-local printers, such as Persnickety also prints and even more.
How to Drag Cropped Photos onto a 4×6 or Other Size Print
I have a tutorial that I made for Paperclipping Members a while back that shows how to drag photos onto one canvas as a collage, and then make the digital round-corner frame on top of it that you see in the Tea Time layout above.
Here’s another one:
Member’s can find this tutorial in the Member’s Area or on iTunes. It’s Paperclipping 108.
Or, if you’re not a member, you can hop over here and sign up! What have you been waiting for?
Other related tutorials in the archives that Paperclipping Members can watch are:
- A Square-based Template
- A Collage Formula
- A Multi-Photo Template
- Four Ways to Embellish a Collage Template
- Make a Grid Collage in Photoshop
- Invisible Grids
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I don’t print at home. I order my prints from Costco. But I prefer not to print typical 4×6′s very often.
A number of people have asked me to talk about how I choose my photo sizes, especially since I don’t sketch or plan my layouts ahead of time. It’s pretty easy, actually, to print in unusual sizes without planning ahead. Here’s how I do it…
Choosing Print Sizes: Start with Your Focal Point Photo
When I have more than one photo I want to use on a layout, I decide whether or not I have a focal point photo. In most cases I do. I like to make my focal point a different size from the rest of my picturess, and usually that means it will be the biggest one.
Three Levels of Importance
If there are a lot of photos, I will also check whether or not there are some subordinate (secondary) photos that are more important than others. If so, I might also decide to make those bigger than the least important photos of the grouping.
In Watching the Monkeys, I had…
- my favorite photo (largest)
- the photos that made up the punchline of the story (medium-sized )
- and the other random photos help support the overall story by 1) filling in the final details of who was present, and 2) by leading the eye to the punchline of the story (smallest)
No Focal Point
If there is no one focal point, you can be totally free and do whatever you want!
If there are multiple photos but not one single one I want to highlight with size, I often make them all the same size.
Print Photos In Whatever Random Size You Feel Like
Go ahead! Make them extra wide if that’s what you feel like! There is no right or wrong. Logically, we know that. But the false idea that there is a “best’ or “right” way to do something still acts as the hangup for many scrapbookers.
Of course, not knowing whether you’ll be able to make the layout work with unusual sizes can be a fear that stops you, as well. Let me tell you why it’s actually easier to take that leap of faith in yourself than to try to work with multiple 4×6′s.
Scrapbooking is Easier with Non-4×6 Prints
Once you print, it’s just a matter of fitting your pictures around your page as you scrapbook, just like you learned to do with 4×6′s, except that it’s easier with smaller sized photos because you don’t have as many space constraints. You can do so much more!
Choose your print sizes however you’re feeling at the moment you’re preparing them. Once you get the prints and sit down to scrapbook, you’ve made the cropping decision already. Work with what you have. You can always make it work! I never feel like I need to change my size choice and reprint.
In Paperclipping episode 80, which Paperclipping Members can watch from the archives, I share a multi-photo template (one of my Flexible Templates), which relies on you cropping your photos ahead of time to smaller random sizes — without planning ahead. Using my template, you’ll get something similar to the Christmas layout above. After I had done my random croppings at the beginning for this page and then found a place for each picture, I only had to make a small additional cut on two of my photos at the end to get a bit more variation.
The main key for me, which I’ll emphasize again, is choosing the focal point photo before printing (or deciding whether there is one or not) to make it larger than the other pictures. There are a few other factors I often keep in mind, though…
Considerations When Choosing Print Sizes
While I don’t plan the layouts ahead of time, there are a few things you can consider when you’re choosing the print sizes if you have a lot of photos…
- How large can the photos be and still fit on the page?
- Does it matter if a photo is a square or rectangle? Does it look better one way or the other?
- Does the distance of the photo subject require that the print be larger in order for the subject to be visible enough?
Be Sure They’ll Fit
Of course, a 12×12 page won’t hold more than nine 4×4 photos. When I have so many photos that they may not fit, I will sometimes divide the page into square and rectangle spaces. I just make sure I have fewer photos than spaces, since you can fill in the extra spots with paper or embellishments. That is what I did for this Easter layout.
Usually when you have a lot of pictures, a small amount of estimated calculations in your head is enough to be sure the photos won’t end up too big to fit on the page.
Squares or Rectangles?
I often ask myself which photos will look good as squares, and which are better as rectangles. That’s what I did for this page at the lake. Members can watch episode 111 for my Square-Based Template for more explanations of how I made my cropped photos work for this layout below.
Will Size Effect Visibility?
Usually you can print closeups in small sizes because they’re easily visible. I often print distant shots larger so you can see the details. But sometimes there are small details, even in a closeup, that you’ll want to magnify by enlarging them. The closeup of the cricket is an example.
Here’s another one where I wanted to be sure the details of Aiden’s facial expression and the chicken’s pecking were easy to see…
So let yourself free of the 4×6 constraints if you haven’t already and stop worrying about which size you’ll choose! It’s fun to work with random sizes. It’s easier. It’s more interesting. Just pick a size that interests you at the moment and then make it work!
Wish You Could Watch Those Video Tutorials?
I mentioned three episodes in today’s article. There are 170 total episodes in the Paperclipping Archives that our members get free access to. They also get two new ones every month. Episode topics for this month were:
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Is there really just one thing you can do that will have massive impact on your pages and get people to look every time? I’m happy to tell you there is, and any scrapbooker with any budget can do it.
I love finding ways to get massive results with less time, effort, and resources. When I was young I figured out the one simple thing I could do to make my room feel and look relatively clean (and keep my mother off my back)!
My bed took up a large percentage of my floor space, even though it was only a twin. I figured out that all I had to do was make the bed and suddenly my room felt clean, even with the same amount of stuff all over my floor and desk. The bed is one big flat surface and even with my messy floor, a made bed alone would make the difference between a room that looked decent and a room that looked like a disaster.
Is there an equivalent power in scrapbooking? One simple improvement that will make enormous impact overall? Absolutely! And I can’t wait to share it with you!
The One Small Change that will Yield Massive Results
No matter what your scrapbooking style, the one thing we can improve that will make the biggest impact is our photos! We could add all kinds of new scrapbooking skills or buy all kinds of awesome gadgets or beautiful supplies, and while those improvements will be great, they won’t make the same impact as two basic improvements in the photos we take.
As I’ve worked with scrapbookers, I’ve found two common areas that amateur photo hobbyists can improve, even without buying a new camera:
Brighten Your Photos
During my Holiday Photography Tips course that I’ve given to the Paperclipping Members in the past, I found myself saying one thing over and over again to those who had requested feedback: Bump up your exposure! This is such an easy improvement to make!
Whether you learn to get perfect exposure straight out of the camera, or you boost the exposure in your post processing (which is what I usually do), this one thing will take a dull photo and transform it into one that will draw people in and make them want to look. I boost the exposure of a huge percentage of my photos when I process them on my computer.
Learn Good Composition
If you don’t get lots of compliments on your photo by lots of different people (and I don’t mean from the same two people, but from a variety who don’t know and love your children as much as your mother does), then you could probably benefit from learning to frame your shots differently.
There is a difference between a person who takes pictures and a person who captures emotion, beauty, movement, and life. Good composition will make people fall in love with mere strangers in photos. Photographers who compose well are showing us a view of the world that is different from how we normally look at it.
When you see great photos from others, pay attention to how the photographer composed the shot compared with how you typically compose.
- How high or low was the photographer in relation to the subject?
- At what angle did they take it? And don’t be fooled! To an untrained eye, many shots that appear to be straight-on are actually at slight angles.
- How did they use the lines of the surroundings?
To take great photos, we must learn to see differently than everybody else. It’s not hard to make a few improvements in this area. It just takes a bit of practice and learning.
Those two improvements — exposure (easy!), and composition (a little harder, but doable!) — will have a massive impact on your photography. And this, in turn, will have a massive impact on your scrapbook layouts. You don’t need a new camera to get this (although the camera and lenses do make a difference). You don’t have to buy new scrapbooking tools and updated supplies. Just take the camera that you have, brighten your photos with better exposure, and learn to frame your shots in a way that makes even the most everyday subjects look beautiful and intriguing.
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