Hints & Tips


Photo Arrangement

An artful arrangement of photos on a wall is a skill. Let us help you make the most of it.

A little to the left, nudge to the right, a little lower maybe? Arranging the frames artfully upon the wall requires more than dexterity in hammering nails. Let us walk you through some basic principles of what goes into creating an effective photowall.

Right height:

You don’t want to make this mistake. Achieving the right height for hanging is crucial. Ideally, the centre of the anchor piece should be at the eye level of a person with average height. This should be 5’-5’5”ftl. An anchor piece is the major or main photo of the photo wall. This makes it easier for the eye to travel.

When unsure stick with the classics:

Some things look really good inside your head, but in reality, not so much. So if you are not sure of how a certain design might turn out, just stick to the basics. Go for centrally aligned symmetric design. It’s a tried and tested formula and looks classy as well.

Think in multiples:

When designing the photowall, think of multiple photographs instead of individual. Have a theme that binds these together. Wedding photos in gilded frames, Black and white portraits in sterling silver or rough-cut wood frames for landscapes. Whichever memory you choose to embellish your wall with, we offer you a solution to make it look the best.

The Anchor Piece:

If you want one picture dominating the room, choose a striking portrait, landscape, painting etc. and hang it in the centre on a blank wall, behind a sofa in the living room or the bed in master bedroom. It should not, however, be larger than the furniture piece itself. It can be about 75% if its size max. And don’t hang any other article that might complete for attention in the room. This minimal look should be complimented with austere deco of the room.

Measuring Advice

To accurately measure the wall, follow the guidelines given below:

General:

  • Have a measuring tape, pen and paper ready.
  • Snapita requires measurement in sq ft. for wall dimension and Snapita area whereas size of all photo frames listed is in inches
  • To convert inches to foot, multiply by 0.0833333
  • To convert centimetres to foot, multiply by 0.0328084
  • To convert metres to foot, divide by 3.28084

Wall & Snapita Dimension:

  • Measure wall width accurately by placing one end of the tape at one corner (The wall will be large so seek help) and measure till the end, all the way to the other corner.
  • Use a Carpenter measuring tape to measure height of the wall as it will be easier for it to reach the ceiling.
  • Snapita area is the area covered by the photo frames. This area is a subsection of the wall. Snapita dimension cannot be larger than wall dimension.

Photo dimension and Frame Measurements:

  • All photo sizes given in Snapita will be in inches. E.g. A 5X7 photo dimension is 5 inches in width and 7 inches in height.
  • The dimensions of a single frame in a Snapita will be bigger than that of the printed photographs depending on the width of the selected frame. E.g. If you choose a picture size of 5X7 to be framed and the frame chosen had a width of 1 inch, your final photoframe will occupy the area 7X9 inches.
  • Similarly, if you add mount to a frame, additional area will be added as per the dimension of the mount. E.g. If you add mount to a 5X7 picture which had a 1 inch thickness frame, the final photo frame will be 9X11. Find calculation below

Actual size: 5”X 7”
Frame width: 1”
Mount width: 1”
Total size = Actual size + (Frame Width x 2 sides) + (Mount Width x 2 sides)
                  = 9” X 11”

How to add extra layer to your picture by adding mount(matte) board?

Mount boards are used to enhance the visual appeal of your framed picture. It is layer upon which the photo is placed within the frame, giving it more depth. Mount can be added by clicking on the Add Mount option.

Snapita Standard Mount(Matte) board sizes:

Mount size varies for different dimension. Mount size increases as dimension increases. Refer to the chart given below:

Photo size Mount size
5 X 7, 6 X 6, 6 X 8, 8 X 8 1 Inch
8 X 10, 8 X 12, 9 X 9, 10 X 10 1.5 inch
10 X 12, 10 X 16 2 inch

Photo quality and its definitions

Photography is an art of capturing beauty in a frame. A good photograph can convey a thousand words. And when displaying those photos it is important to choose the ones that are the most impressive and emotive. Quality of picture is sometimes used as a yardstick to measure the beauty of it. However there is no accurate quantifiable quality on or above which a photo is considered good. So always judge a photo based on the effect it has on its audience rather than the technical aspects such as pixels.

However, it would serve you well to keep the following factors in mind when taking photograph to achieve the best result:

  • Sharpness : determines the amount of detail an image conveys. System sharpness is affected by the lens and sensor. Sharpness is also affected by camera shake, focus accuracy, and atmospheric disturbances. Lost sharpness can be restored by sharpening, but sharpening has limits. Oversharpening, can degrade image quality by causing "halos" to appear near contrast boundaries.
  • Noise : is a variation of image density, visible as grain in film and pixel level variations in digital images. Typical noise reduction (NR) software reduces the visibility of noise by smoothing the image, excluding areas near contrast boundaries. This technique works well, but it can obscure fine, low contrast detail.
  • Contrast : is the range of tones that can be reproduced. High contrast means the dark shadows will be darker still and highlights will be lighter.
  • Colour : accuracy is how real the colours look. Some viewers prefer enhanced colour saturation. To achieve a pleasing effect check camera’s saturation nd image colour settings as well as the white balance.

What factors affect print quality?

Quality of a print output depends on various factors. One of the determining factor is the dimension of the photographs you use. For each size we have a recommended DPI which you should follow. The resolution of the picture and the type of media also play a big part.

Image Guidelines

We recommend the following minimum resolutions for our products:

For Printing on Paper

Dimension min dpi min Height pixels min Width pixels
 4x6 120 480 720 
5x7 120 600  840 
6x6 120 720 720
6x8 120 720 960
8x8 120 960 960
8x10 120 960 1200
8x12 120 960 1440
10x16 120 1200 1920
12x18 120 1440 2160
12x24 120 1440 2880
16x24 120 1920 2880

For Printing on Canvas

Dimension min dpi min Height pixels min Width pixels
4x6 300 1200 1800
5x7 300 1500 2100
6x6 300 1800 1800
6x8 300 1800 2400
8x8 300 2400 2400
8x10 300 2400 3000
8x12 300 2400 3600
10x16 300 3000 4800
12x18 300 3600 5400
12x24 300 3600 7200
16x24 300 4800 7200
As simple as that. What are you waiting for?
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