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Post Processing

Convert photo to black and white and lighten the background. Touchups to kids themselves should be minimal and not obvious. The inspiration comes from a blog posting form Chris loves Julia,

I like the overall subject composition with the extra white space too. The measurements of the frames are 24" x 36" with the the frame moulding 1" wide.


Adjust relative sizing of the two kids. Provide the max size possible, but make the canvas' size match. Here is photo of them standing side by side so they can be sized appropriately. Sizing could have been avoided with manual focus mode, a tripod and some tape on floor to keep kids at same distance... but I spontaneously took the pictures with my iPhone 5s at my sister's party.


Also provide copies designed to fit within the frame dimension below. Unlike the blog, we plan to go with gold frames.

The 2 pictures will be leaned on the mantel of a white living room above a fireplace. 24" x 36", is too big, but I'd like to be close to the original ratio. Having calculated max sizes without losing quality,

PhotosMax Size at 200ppiMax Size at 300ppi
2518 x 3822

12.59" x 19.11"

32cm x 48.5cm

8.39" x 12.72

21cm x 32cm

So final photo sizes with a ratio calculator we need to be,

RoomProper RatioMinor Adjustments Given SpaceAdjusted with Frames 3/4"
Living Room Fireplace Mantle19.1" x 27.5"20" x 27.5" (mantle is long)

19.25" x 26.75"

However, at the printing shops the sizes are preset. So the canvas size needs to be 24"x36". So, once happy with the picture used photoshop to setup the picture as follows,

Change Image Size to Inches Units and adjust to 19.25" x 2.75" and 300 Resolution,



Then adjust canvas size, unchecking relative and changing to 24"x36",

(to put picture in)

Finally I added a 20 pixel border using a dark brown from the image swatch so the print people don't get confused and try to adjust the photo.


2016 Blog comparison points me to Atlantic Photos wth Blacks being the best regular service. Here's my comparison while looking for 19.25" x 26.75".

PrinterFinishingAcid Free?24"x36"20"x28"20"x30"8" x 10"DiscountsDelivery CostComments
$27.99-$24.99$3.9933% Off First Print$6.98
Fuji Film ShopperMatt

Interface does not allow selection of finish.
Fuji Film Loblaws PhotoLabMatt

Fuji Film



Local Printing House - - Fine Art Quality

$9.9925% Off in Oct$9.99 (US Company?)

$27.60 US

Amateur Attempt

I pulled up Photoshop 7 and did my own samples. Not being an expert, the background is too dark so we can't see my daughter's arms properly,


And then digitized into the sample picture,

Framing Tap

This will go into a gallery section... but here for now..

Reviews different types of tape -

Tape I bought -


  File Modified
PNG File 1-Photoshop Before Resize.png Sep 23, 2018 by Tin Pham
PNG File 2-Photoshop After Resize.png Sep 23, 2018 by Tin Pham
PNG File Daughter.png Sep 18, 2018 by Julie Pham
JPEG File Inspiration_Kids_Pictures.jpg Jul 19, 2018 by Tin Pham
JPEG File Kids Side by Side - IMG_0506.jpg Jul 19, 2018 by Tin Pham
JPEG File Kids Wall Art Project Mock-Up.jpeg Jul 19, 2018 by Tin Pham
JPEG File Original Josephine_Colour_IMG_0367.jpg Jul 19, 2018 by Tin Pham
JPEG File Original Son_Colour_IMG_0379.jpg Jul 19, 2018 by Tin Pham
JPEG File Quick B&W Daughter IMG_0367.jpg Jul 19, 2018 by Tin Pham
JPEG File Quick B&W Son IMG_0379.jpg Jul 19, 2018 by Tin Pham
JPEG File Son.jpg Sep 16, 2018 by Julie Pham
PNG File Son.png Sep 18, 2018 by Julie Pham


Tips on Cropping and Resizing -

If matting how to do it yourself -