Make perfect wall prints: crop and remove spots
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Sometimes the size of your photo may not match the size of the print you ultimately want to hang on your wall, or you may want to display only part of the photo or cut out a section of it. Compositing is often an underestimated element of editing, but it can make your enlargement even more striking.
Zoom in on your photo or cut out objects that “distract” the subject’s attention. By removing such objects, the visual effect of your photo will be much calmer.
A lens is always sharper in the center of the image and less sharp at the edges, even if you have perfectly focused the subject of your photo. For this reason, sometimes it may be better to crop the less defined edges. Important: Cropping a section of your photo may reduce its quality. Take this into account if you want to enlarge the photo.
See photos at 100%
Once you are happy with the composition of your photos, it is important to view your image at 100%. This will give you a good idea of the sharpness of the image and allow you to easily check for specks (like dust) on the lens that will show up in your photo. When assessing sharpness, it is best to start with the subject.
Is the subject really sharp and sharper than the background? Your camera sensor has multiple focus points and therefore one point is selected automatically. This means that your camera may see a blinking object next to your subject and automatically focus on it. We therefore recommend that you choose your focal point yourself.
Your photo may have spots caused by dust on the lens or sensor. Of course, you don’t want these “flaws” to ruin your photo. Fortunately, you can easily get rid of these stains so that they no longer attract attention. When removing stains, we recommend that you start looking for stains at the top left and work your way down to the bottom right. The spots are usually most visible against a blue sky, but they can also be seen against other backgrounds. Photoshop has a handy tool for immediate spot removal: the Spot Healing Brush. This tool clones a similar area on your photo and seamlessly blends the sample with the target area and corrects the lighting. Stains are usually removed so well that you cannot detect a single trace of them.
Stains are much more visible on an enlargement than on your computer screen. This step is therefore crucial to create a beautiful photo enlargement!