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    Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    I've bought a locket for my wife for Christmas, assuming it would be easy enough for a high street photographer to shrink my photos to fit it. It seems not, the smallest size they do is still too large.

    I don't have a photographic printer at home, so i wondered if anyone knew another way I could get this done.

    The locket size is 1.5 cm height x 2 cm width and the locket is oval shaped.

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    I dont know how you`d go about doing something like that but what about taking photos from a bit of a distance so that the part of the image you want will fit in the locket?

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    Use photoshop to shrink it down to the size you want, put a few copies on a white background then just get the whole lot printed out.....

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    Quote Originally Posted by GSte View Post
    Use photoshop to shrink it down to the size you want, put a few copies on a white background then just get the whole lot printed out.....
    Do you know what size (in pixels) I'd have to make the white background and what size (in pixels) I'd need to shrink the photo to?

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven W View Post
    Do you know what size (in pixels) I'd have to make the white background and what size (in pixels) I'd need to shrink the photo to?
    This should be relatively easy if the photo editing package you're using has a template for a standard photo (i dunno what they are off the top of my head, but say 5x7").

    You just pick the canvas size that corresponds to a normal snap and get it printed off - you can work out roughly how big your resize needs to be by cutting out a bit of paper to the print size.

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiternoise View Post
    This should be relatively easy if the photo editing package you're using has a template for a standard photo (i dunno what they are off the top of my head, but say 5x7").

    You just pick the canvas size that corresponds to a normal snap and get it printed off - you can work out roughly how big your resize needs to be by cutting out a bit of paper to the print size.
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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    use the scale tool in GIMP (free-er than photoshop [], just lock the axis' together to scale it properly), scale it down, paste into word (or openoffice) print it out, try again a few times to get it perfectly fitting, then get a proper one printed by the pros
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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven W View Post
    I've bought a locket for my wife for Christmas, assuming it would be easy enough for a high street photographer to shrink my photos to fit it. It seems not, the smallest size they do is still too large.

    I don't have a photographic printer at home, so i wondered if anyone knew another way I could get this done.

    The locket size is 1.5 cm height x 2 cm width and the locket is oval shaped.
    Quote Originally Posted by Steven W View Post
    Do you know what size (in pixels) I'd have to make the white background and what size (in pixels) I'd need to shrink the photo to?
    You can work it out - ask the printer what dpi they print at - online shops usually print it at 300dpi - which is dots (pixels) per inch (in 1d, oddly), so you need slightly less than that width-wise and just over half that height-wise. Alternatively if you use a photo editor like The GIMP or photoshop then just set the dpi to 300 (don't scale that bit) THEN scale your picture to the desired size (give it the cm/inches measurement). Cut and paste into a new white 5x7" picture.

    Or, host the pic somewhere and ask one of us to do it all for you.

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    If you do this for multiple copies of the same image sized to fit a standard print size such as 6" x 4", you can do very cheap passport photos this way.

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    remember, if you are using a high st photo printing place to shrink your image by 5% as they enlarge the print by 5 to make sure you don't get a white boarder around the photo..

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    Quote Originally Posted by colmo View Post
    If you do this for multiple copies of the same image sized to fit a standard print size such as 6" x 4", you can do very cheap passport photos this way.
    I thought you had to have them taken at certified machines - didn't know you could photochop them yourself.

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    oh and DPI isn't PPI but we won't get into that now..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobster View Post
    oh and DPI isn't PPI but we won't get into that now..
    Oh I know, but it's as good as for this purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    I thought you had to have them taken at certified machines - didn't know you could photochop them yourself.
    no photochopping allowed, however you can put multiple images onto a page as passport size and get them printed (if you follow the rules about the image it won't get rejected)

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

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    no photochopping allowed, however you can put multiple images onto a page as passport size and get them printed (if you follow the rules about the image it won't get rejected)
    What 'e said.

    If you're really struggling, just upload the original image somewhere and one of us can resize it (and resharpen it - really helps when rescaling images) to the requisite dimensions.

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    Re: Re-sizing/printing photos to locket size - help

    Quote Originally Posted by colmo View Post
    What 'e said.

    If you're really struggling, just upload the original image somewhere and one of us can resize it (and resharpen it - really helps when rescaling images) to the requisite dimensions.
    Would you mind? That would be a great help, I've had a mess around and despite the advice I'm kinda guessing what I have to do.

    There's two images, I'll upload them and post the link.

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