What Size Should Your Photos Be Printing? How You’ll Use Your Prints Will Affect The Paper Sizes

The only thing left to do is choose the size of your prints now that you have a fantastic picture printer that can produce lovely photographs. Naturally, that relies entirely on what you want to do with the print. Here are some of the choices and associated trade-offs for different paper sizes.

13×19 picture frames for paper

The biggest conventional paper size, excluding rolls and unique panoramic sheets, is 13×19 inches. Utilizing the full page and printing a 13×19 picture is the first and simplest method. This is a practical size as it requires practically little cropping if your camera is an SLR, which typically has an image aspect ratio of 3:2. Only one-half inch of a 3:2 image will be lost when printed on 13×19 paper without any cropping. An Arch D paper fromat has an aspect ratio of 1:1.5.

12×18 is yet another fantastic print size for 13×19 paper. Given that not all printers can print completely borderless on all media, this size provides a number of benefits. The paper’s borders can be used as a signature or for mounting with mat-covered photo corners.

13×19 and 12×18 are not common frame sizes. Some specialised businesses, like Frame Destination, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, provide affordable ready-made frames in these sizes without matting.

These frames are often less expensive for two reasons: first, they don’t need a mat, which reduces the size of the picture frame and reduces the amount of raw materials needed to make them. These frames often don’t need to be mounted, which is a benefit. The paper is simply inserted into the frame, and you are finished. You don’t even need to trim the paper in the case of the 13×19 photo frame.

Mat board is the alternative frame choice. Despite the difficulty in finding mat board in the sizes 12×18 and 13×19, niche businesses like Frame Destination, Inc. provide a variety of mat solutions for these sizes. If you have a mat cutter, you may cut the unique mat yourself or purchase one. This image size is best suited for an 18×24 standard frame with a mat. The 13×19 will have a 2.5-inch border, while the 12×18 will have an even three-inch mat border on all four sides.

The 4:3 aspect ratio size, which is ideal for 12×16 prints, is used by compact cameras like the Canon PowerShot and the Nikon Coolpix as well as SLRs like the Olympus E-400. This picture frame size is still a typical frame size even if it is not quite as popular as 11×14 or 16×20.

Even though a 10×15 print is often made on smaller paper, there are times when it makes sense to think large. You receive a free white border if you print it on 13×19 paper. (Be sure to align the image with the middle of the page.) The picture will have a 1.5-inch top and bottom border and a 2-inch side border when it is inserted into a 13×19 frame, assuming the image is horizontally oriented. You could print the image at 9×15 with a small amount of cropping and have a great, even, two-inch border all the way around the image. The Area of the Arch D paper size is 557,540 mm² or 864 in² with a perimeter of 3,048 mm or 120 in.

A Review of Other Common Paper Sizes

17×22 is a new standard paper size for 17-inch printers as the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and Canon iPF5000. This is perfect for 16×20 photographs because there are several matted and unmatted frame options available. In contrast to 16×24, which has a 3:2 ratio but can only be printed on 17-inch roll paper, 16×20 is sadly neither a 3:2 nor a 4:3.

While 11×14 is a common standard framing size with endless flexibility both with and without matting, 11×17 or 11×16.5 paper gives lots of possibility for 3:2 and 4:3 aspect ratio photographs. It looks fine matted to the usual 18×24 frame size and will have an even 3.5-inch margin all the way around because 11×17 is close to the 3:2 picture ratio. Another option is to print at 6×9 and then trim the paper to suit an 11×14-inch frame. The finished product will be a neat, even 2.5-inch white paper border around the picture.

Finally, 8.5×11 paper is far more prevalent, despite the fact that 8×10 paper is also accessible. Although specialist frame stores provide 8.5×11 fine art frames, most 8.5×11 frames are made for certificates rather than photographs.