View Full Version : Aspect Ratio Problem

04-29-2018, 06:49 PM
I took a photo of a still life setup, with my Google Pixel phone. The aspect ratio of the photo on my phone's screen is 2.75 x 2.5, which scales up to 11x10. When I print the photo out on my printer, it comes out 10 5/8 by 8 1/4, so close to 10 X 8. I want to draw this reference so it comes out 16 x 12, because that is the size of the canvas board I want to paint it on. 16x12 = 4X3. Should I just crop the photo so it is 10x7 1/2, which = 4 X 3, which would be the same aspect ratio as 16x12? Here is my photo in case that helps.Thanks for your thoughts.


04-29-2018, 07:00 PM
Here it is cropped to 10 x 7-1/2. Any thoughts about this crop from a composition point of view? Thanks.

04-29-2018, 07:25 PM
Hi. I d suggest eliminating the chair. The still life would look better against that fabric pattern without the chair in the way. Also maybe change the perspective just a little to include the whole edge of the table and a little space beneath. That will create a lot of value contrast and make the wood table surface glow.

04-29-2018, 08:11 PM
Your photo is already a 3:4 ratio which is the same as 12x16, 9x12 or 3x4. You don't need to crop anything to get it to fit your intended painting size.

The easiest way for me to get a printout at actual size that fits 12x16 is to set the image size to 12x16 in your photo editing program, then print it as a PDF. That will create a PDF File.

Since your printer probably can't print larger than 8 1/2 x 14 you will need to print the image as multiple pages. Open that PDF file and choose the "Tile" option in the printing menu within Acrobat. It will then print out two or more pages that you trim and connect or tile together to form you 12x16 portrait mode printout. I generally create images that are 1/4 " smaller than the size of my panel since the frame will cover that up on all sides. Account for the 1/8" border frame covered area as you draw it on your panel or canvas so you won't have any unpleasant junctions of frame and objects in the painting. That would be 11 3/4" xy 15 3/4" for your final image size.

04-29-2018, 08:53 PM
I know you asked about ratio, looks like it was answered..
Composition thoughts...if not too late for that??
The banana is quite close to the edge & a bit over exposed in the photo, it tends to grab my eye with the brightness & contrast.

I like the chair & it's reflections in background, the floral fabric seems a bit busy for me..
There is a lot of warm tones overall, you could add a cool tone somewhere.

04-30-2018, 08:26 AM
Thanks to all. I am thinking of changing the background drapes to a solid teal.