Our maps, imagery and photographs come in a variety of printed formats:
This is basically a book, and it comes in either coil (spiral) bound or perfect bound format. 8.5″ x 11″ landscape orientation. The coil version is easier to copy, and the perfect bound version works too, but you may lose a little info located in the binding area (aka. the “gutter”). Books ordered through Amazon will be perfect bound and may be either 8.5″ x 11″ or 8.25″ x 11″, with no loss of map information. The bicycle atlas maps are not available in any other format.
Greeting and note cards are 5″ x 7″ and 5.6″ x 4″ respectively, and have the same proportion so there is no cropping of the image between the sizes. You can choose either size in the product window, even though it defaults to a greeting card size. The cards come with envelopes.
Some photographers compose with the image ratio provided by the camera (35 mm or its digital equivalent which is 2:3) and make that the print ratio, whereas others (such as myself) take the shot with a little extra room and then crop later for composition and printing.
One of the issues with the range of “standard” photographic print sizes is that they are not proportional to each other. For example, an 8″ x 10″ print has a ratio of 4:5, and the 11″ x 14″ has a ratio of 11:14; so if you enlarge a photo composed for an 8 x 10 and enlarge it to 11 x 14, some of the image on the sides will be cropped.
To make like easier for you, the customer, I choose a standard ratio suitable for that picture, such a 4:5 or 5:7. With a ratio like that, you can choose a number of ready-made frames (see below). But one of the beauties of the Zazzle process is that you can choose a custom print size right on the product page, and even add a custom frame. Not only that, but you can choose a different proportion and check the preview to see if any cropping offends you. It won’t offend me because I’ll never see it!
Common ready-made print and frame sizes with their respective ratios:
8 x 10 → 4:5
9 x 12 → 3:4
10 x 13 → 10:13
10 x 14 → 5:7
12 x 12 → 1:1
11 x 14 → 11:14
12 x 16 → 3:4
12 x 18 → 2:3
14 x 18 → 7:9
18 x 24 → 3:4
16 x 20 → 4:5
20 x 24 → 5:6
22 x 28 → 11:14
24 x 30 → 4:5
24 x 36 → 2:3
11.75 x 36 → 1:3
There’s really no production difference between photos and posters as far as what’s been said above. So far, I’ve been sizing the Maps-au-Naturel™ images to 16 x 20 (4:5 ratio).