Orders & Delivery: What size will my photo prints and posters be?

The actual size of your photos is influenced by the following factors:

  • Standard paper formats
  • Aspect ratio of your file
  • Manufacturing tolerance

 

Standard paper formats:

Ever since the beginning of analogue amateur photography, the size of photo paper is indicated in inches. One inch is about 2,54 cm.
The standard photo formats used in Germany are recalculated to cm and rounded up to a full centimetre. This created differences between the mentioned and the actual paper format.

These are the exact sizes:

Size in inch 3,5 inch 4,0 inch 4,5 inch 5,0 inch 8,0 inch 12 inch 16x24 inch 20x30 inch
Nominale size in
centimetres
9cm 10cm 11cm 13cm 20cm 30cm 40x60cm 50x75cm
Real size in
centimetres
8,9cm 10,2cm 11,4cm 12,7cm 20,3cm 30,5cm 40,6 x 61,0cm 50,8 x 76,2cm

 

Aspect ratio of your file:

In analogue photography the format 24x36mm with an aspect ratio of 3:2 was used the most. During exposure the known photo formats such as 9x13cm (5"x3.5") or 10x15cm (6"x4") were created.

With digital photography these fixed aspect ratios are no longer binding. Firstly, most digital cameras use an aspect ratio of 4:3, secondly photo processing programs offer the option to select and save parts of the photo in any ratio.

Pixum was one of the first providers to work with the exposure according to the aspect ratio. This means that your photo is exposed so that it leaves no white borders and you don't loose any parts of your photo.

Depending on the aspect ratio of your photo we will cut the length of the paper to the size of your file for photos from 9cm (5"x3.5") format up to 30cm format. In case you want your photos for frames or photo albums with the classic formats, we advise you to change the aspect ratio of your photo to 3:2. With some cameras you can set this in the menu options. Alternatively you can also do this with photo processing programs.

Please always note the maximum size of our photo formats!

With 40cm and 50cm posters the paper doesn't come off the roll, but as a paper sheet and this is not cut. Therefore the only possible aspect ratio is 3:2. Your posters are therefore 40*60cm or 50*75cm. If your file has a different aspect ratio, the photo is cut to fit, so that you do not get any white borders. This means that with varying aspect ratios parts of your image are lost.

The following paper formats are possible:

 

9cm

10cm

11cm

13cm

20cm

30cm

40x60cm

50x75cm

with aspect ratio 1:1

8,9 x 8,9cm

10,2 x 10,2cm

11,4 x 11,4cm

12,7 x 12,7cm

20,3 x 20,3cm

30,5 x 30,5cm

40,6 x 61,0cm

58,8 x 76,2cm

with aspect ratio 4:3

8,9 x 11,9cm

10,2 x 13,6cm

11,4 x 15,2cm

12,7 x 16,9cm

20,3 x 27,0cm

30,5 x 40,7cm

40,6 x 61,0cm

58,8 x 76,2cm

with aspect ratio 3:2

8,9 x 13,4cm

10,2 x 15,3cm

11,4 x 17,1cm

12,7 x 19,1cm

20,3 x 30,5cm

30,5 x 45,8cm

40,6 x 61,0cm

58,8 x 76,2cm

 

With the cells marked in red you will loose part of the image, therefore please see the preview of the posters.

Manufacturing tolerance:

Due to production issues manufacturing tolerances can occur during exposure and cutting. These cannot be avoided completely and should be considered when choosing a format. We advise you not to create any borders or to place text near the border, since these might be cut off.

The manufacturing tolerances per side are:

 

9cm

10cm

11cm

13cm

20cm

30cm

40 x 60cm

50 x 75cm

Manufacturing tolerance

max.  5mm

max.  5mm

max.  5mm

max.  5mm

max.  5mm

max.  5mm

max.  5mm

max.  5mm

 

 

 

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