Ok, i've just taken my first photo i want to have printed at a large size 11X14". My question is what size do i crop to? 11x14" or 9.25X14? The exif info says it's resolution is 300, so what ever sizr i crop to i use 300 as the resolution correct?
Don't you just hate when threads get buried? I just found your question and noticed that it hadn't been answered.
All printing requires that the print be prepared at the paper size. That doesn't necessarily mean cropping. The best way to size your file and keep the integrity of the image is to size so one dimension fits the paper and the other side falls short. Then add canvas to the short size to make the overall image size match the paper size. That way the photo will print without being cropped.
300PPI is the universal standard in print resolution so it's not an issue.
If you want the print to fit without borders, it must be cropped, but that is something only you will be able to do. I size 11x14 prints to fit a 9.5x13 mat opening so they can be framed 16x20. So I need to make my images a little larger than the 9.5x13, usually 10x14 image area so I have at least 1/4 inch under the mat all the way around. Such exact sizing is possible in a digital darkroom where it was always hit or miss in a wet darkroom if you were outsourcing.
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