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I regularly get asked “How many prints should I get and what sizes should I get?”  Hopefully this information will help with that question.

One common mistake people make when ordering prints is they will like and image and want a print of it so they choose a size that “sounds good” to them.  Then, when they get the print home, they think about where they want to display it.  The problem is 9 times out of 10 they have chosen the incorrect size for the place they want to put it.

The first thing you should do is figure out how you want to use the prints for the decor in your home.  In my opinion there are 2 main reasons to get prints made.  The first is to decorate your home and the second is for posterity.  As you are deciding what you want to do, keep in mind three types of places 1-wall displays 2-table top displays and 3- book displays (albums or scrapbooks).  Here are some things to consider about each.

Wall Displays

Wall portraits are always going to be viewed from some distance.  Usually they are viewed from a distance of 4 to 12 feet away for most rooms.  At that distance you will need to choose a size where you can see the important details of the portrait.  I usually suggest that no smaller than an 11×14 be displayed on the wall.  Even that may be too small depending on the image.  Just remember if you can’t see the details you will not enjoy the portrait.

Table Top Displays

I usually suggest either 8×10 or 5×7 sizes for table top displays.  Even table top prints need to be big enough to draw attention.  If they aren’t, they end up just being clutter.  Think about the places you would put them and try to imagine if people will really look at them.  If you do this you’ll be much happier with your decision.

Book Prints

The last category is book prints.  This print can be anything 8×10 and smaller.  You do not have to worry about someone noticing the print because if they are looking at the book they will notice it.

Good luck choosing the right size prints for your home.  I’m sure if you follow these guidelines you will enjoy your prints to their fullest.  If you have any other questions feel free to e-mail me, I’d love to help.

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