How can I crop individual prints?

To crop an image in the dotPhoto cart, click on the picture or on the pencil icon. 


  • To print the entire image, click the Uncrop button. This may leave white space on two sides, but you will print the entire image.
  • To see the default crop, click Reset. This will print the largest possible image on the print size you have selected.
  • To pick a freeform area to print, drag a node of the dotted crop box. To move the crop box, click-and-hold the inside of the crop box and drag it in any direction. The shape of the crop box will not change because it is the same shape as the print your have chosen. The crop box will not get any smaller than the lowest possible resolution for the picture you are printing.
  • Click Save when you have finished cropping.

Once you crop (or uncrop) an image, the image that you will print appears in your cart. This is called WYSIWIG -- What You See Is What You Get.

How can I turn cropping on or off for all prints in an order?

In the cart, click on the Print Options button, choose Crop All or Uncrop All, then save your choice. If neither button is selected, your cart has mixed cropping: some photos are cropped and some are uncropped.  Note that if you select Uncrop All, you will see your entire images, but they may have white space on two sides.

How can I change a photo crop from landscape to portrait or portrait to landscape?

The dotPhoto Edit feature can perfectly crop a photo to almost any size, and can turn the cropping window from landscape to portrait or from portrait to landscape. This is a useful feature for a special photo. (You can only edit photos in your own account; you cannot edit photos that are owned by another photographer.)

In the example below, we show how a landscape photo is edited so that it can be printed as a portrait.

1. Click on a photo and then click on the pencil icon to edit the photo:

2. Choose the Crop button in the Photo Editor.

3. Cropping is all about getting the correct ratio: choose the ratio that matches the size photo that you want to print. For instance, a 4x6 photo requires a 2:3 ratio (double those numbers to get 4:6, which is the same ratio as 6:4.)  A 5x7 print requires a 7:5 ratio. An 8x10 photo can use both a 5:4 or 10:8, which are the same ratios. A poster that is 20x16 can also use a 10:8 ratio. Once you choose the ratio you want, you can move the print area around by clicking and holding in the middle of the area. You can also make the area smaller by clicking and holding on a corner. Note that if you crop too small an area, you may not have enough pixels to print a large size. When you are satisfied, click on the Apply button in the upper right and then Save the cropped photo.

Cropping a photo will not change the original photo. When you Save the cropped version, you will have copy that is perfectly cropped for the size you want. Print the copy (not the original.)

4. What if I want vertical cropping -- not horizontal cropping as shown above?

Click on the 10:8 cropping tool again. The boxes will spin 90 degrees and display vertical cropping like this:

Now click the Apply button,  Save a copy and Print your vertical image

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