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What Are The Standard Photo Print Sizes?

In a digital world, the printing of physical photos has become somewhat of a lost art. But for your most cherished images, creating a physical space for your memories is such a valuable option not only for your own keepsake, but also as gifts for your friends and family.

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.

wall gallery above a couch of different sized photos

You can combine different sizes for a beautiful wall gallery or keep it simple with one large image. Just remember to measure the space first so that you know what size will work best for you!

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:

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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.

Standard 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:

  • 5×5
  • 10×10
  • 12×12
  • 16×16
  • 20×20
  • 30×30

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?

Standard 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:

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  • 10×13
  • 10×20
  • 11×14
  • 16×20
  • 18×24
  • 20×24
  • 20×30

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:

  • 5×15
  • 8×24
  • 12×36

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.