Aperture: How to crop images for print orders

When you place print orders from Aperture, it's important to make sure the aspect ratio of your images matches that of the ordered prints. If your image doesn't have the same aspect ratio as the print you order, then the image will be cropped to fit the proportions of the print.

Here's how to make sure the aspect ratio of your images matches that of the prints you order:

  1. If you want to maintain a version of the image at its current aspect ratio, create a duplicate version by highlighting the image and choosing Images > Duplicate Version.
  2. Select the crop tool by pressing the C key.
  3. Click the Aspect Ratio pop-up menu and choose the aspect ratio that matches the size print you plan to order.
  4. Drag the crop tool over the image to highlight the portion you wish to include. Press Return when you're satisfied with the selection.

Here are the suggested crop ratios for print orders:

Print size Wallet 4x6 5x7 8x10 16x20 20x30
Crop ratio 2x3, 3x2,
4x6, 6x4
2x3, 4x6,
3x2, 6x4
2x3, 4x6,
3x2, 6x4

If you plan to order different size prints of the same image, you might need to create additional duplicate versions of the image so that you can use an appropriate crop ratio for each print size.

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