Photos add so much personality and warmth to a room, and no matter what size image you are looking to print, custom printing options give you the creative freedom to bring these digital images to life. Whether you’re printing images for frames, for a photo wall, or for a gift, it’s important to know about standard photo print sizes and how they could affect your printed image. That’s why we’ve built this complete guide on photo print sizes: to help you make the best choice for you.
What is a Photo Print?
A photo print is a physical copy of an image printed on photo quality paper. Shutterfly’s photo prints preserve your crystal-clear images on Fuji Crystal Archive paper, making sure your memories last. Photo prints can come in a variety of sizes and printing options, and they can be ordered for delivery or pickup. For additional information on how to create photo prints, jump to the sections below.
A Complete List of Print Sizes
From posters to standard photo prints, there’s a wide range of sizes to choose from. The following lists break down the various types of photo prints available to fit any printing needs.
Shutterfly Photo Sizes
Looking to print photos you’ve already uploaded? The following print sizes are available for printing from your Shutterfly account:
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Standard Photo Print Sizes
The nice thing about standard photo sizes is that they can usually be printed on a home printer for convenience and ease. However, standard photo sizes can also be ordered in bulk online, as a low-cost option for your printed photo needs. The most popular photo print sizes are:
4×6: 4×6 prints measure approximately 4” x 5 ⅞”. This is the standard size in the photofinishing industry because this print size mirrors the aspect ratio of most digital cameras viewfinder. 4×6 prints are perfect for framed photos, cards and for a physical backup of any of your favorite digital images.
5×7: A slightly larger format than standard 4×6 images, 5×7 prints have a higher aspect ratio than 4×6 prints, so cropping your image to your personal specifications is important! Luckily, Shutterfly offers cropping options online, so you have full control of the frame of the image you’re printing.
8×10: An 8×10 image is the largest print size available before getting into large-scale printing such as posters, panoramas, square images or custom gifts like canvases or large matted prints. 8×10 images make a great gift because they require no additional matting to fill up a frame.
Square Photo Print Sizes
Small photos are perfect for decorating because they add texture and depth to your photo wall display. Square photos offer the option to print photos off of social media, and also as a hack to creating Polaroid-style images without the need for a special camera. You’ll have luck finding these sizes in a print shop, as well as corresponding frames. Most popular square photo print sizes are:
Shutterfly offers a printable Instagram option to turn your favorite “square” moments into full-scale prints and creative gifts for friends and family. The creative possibilities are endless! How will you bring your favorite Instagram photos to life?
Large Scale Photo Print Sizes
If you are looking to get your images printed as large as possible, these are the standard sizes you can find at a print shop or in printing services such as ours:
These sizes are perfect for creating posters as large statement pieces for your wall art or large canvases to create a special home for your most cherished images. Most large-scale photo prints fit into standard frames such as 12×18, 14×22, 16×20 and 20×30.
Pro Tip: Get your print made slightly smaller than your frame of choice, and add a matted insert between your image and the frame! This will add a small white border to your image and allows your custom print to fit inside a standard frame. We offer a matted option for all prints, but matted options can also be found at any photo print center as well.
Panoramic Print Sizes
If you have a non-traditional image you’re looking to print, we offer panorama prints in both landscape and portrait orientations. You can choose from a variety of backgrounds and layouts to print your most unique images sizes such as:
Other Types of Prints
Looking for something a little different for your printing needs? If so, consider these alternative printed options:
Collage vs. premium poster prints: Posters make excellent displaying options when you either want to showcase a large number of photos, or you want your photos printed larger-than-life. Posters are printed on archival quality photo paper and can be finished with a matte or glossy coating.
Art Prints (Premium cardstock vs. metallic prints): Art prints are printed on our acid-free archival paper and include plenty of additional add ons. Feature a matte finish with our signature cardstock or a pearl shimmer finish to make your prints stand apart from the rest. Upgrade to metallic prints for a special touch, or add on a frame. Prints come in sizes 8X10 inches or 11X14 inches.
How to Order High-Quality Prints
Ready to start ordering your prints but not sure how to begin? We’re here to help. Follow the step by step instructions below to create professional-quality prints perfect for your home.
1. Upload Your Photos
First things first, you’ll need to upload all the photos you’d like to print to your Shutterfly account. Don’t worry if you have hundreds, or even thousands, because we guarantee free unlimited secure photo storage for as long as you have an account.
2. Edit Your Photos
It’s a good idea to make any major edits to your photos before adding them to your project. This will help you avoid headaches later on. However, while ordering prints you can still rotate, resize, crop and add classic black and white borders to your photos with our photo editing software.
3. Choose an Image Size, Type, and/or Layout
Once you’re ready, it’s time to choose your art print, collage poster, or another print size. You’ll also want to carefully select a layout that matches your intended style.
After you’ve chosen your layout, start adding your photos to the project and dragging them into their corresponding photo boxes. Note that all our prints are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive professional-grade paper for brighter colors and sharper whites.
Once you’ve added all your photos, it’s time to plan out any additional add-ons. Add dates, names, and other key information with free backprinting. Or choose from glossy, pearl, or a signature matte finish. Add-ons can be found in the left-hand tab within your project.
5. Review and Order
Take time to review your order for any mistakes. Check for typos, image-quality and image resolution, red-eye, resizing, or incorrect cropping. If it’s all good to go, it’s time to add your prints to your cart. You can then select your preferred shipping method and order size. And if you need 4×6 inch glossy prints fast, look for the 1-hour pick-up link on your Review Order page.
Resources Related to Photo Printing
No matter what image you’re looking to bring to life, we offer a custom option perfect for you. Between comprehensive print sizing, custom photo gift options, matting and framing, and non-traditional printing options, the only limit is your imagination! Browse our print options to get started.