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Picture Perfect Wallet Size Prints

SmugMug’s print labs EZPrints, Bay Photo and WHCC all offer wallet-sized prints... the perfect size print for sharing with real people, especially those celebrating those lucky high school grads! If you've never ordered them before and were thinking about giving them a try, we've got all the info that you'll ever need to know.

The 411

Wallet sized prints are 2.5 x 3.5 inches, which is the same aspect ratio as the well-loved 5x7 print (1:1.4). But, as with all prints from commercial printers, you must be aware of your margins.

Wallet Prints from EZPrints

EZPrints prints 4 images to a sheet, each with a final print size of 2.5 x 3.5 inches. You’ll need to cut the prints apart when you receive them.

When you add your image to the cart, you’ll see our regular crop box tool, already set to the right aspect ratio for the wallet prints:

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Watch out! Bordered images can be problematic, so make sure everything you want is inside that crop box at checkout .

Wallet Prints from Bay Photo and WHCC:

These labs offer die-cut wallets with rounded corners for a slightly cleaner, more professional look.

The base print size is still 2.5 x 3.5 inches, but the die used to make the cut gives you a final size of 2 3/8 x 3 5/16 inches – about 1/8th inch smaller than the starting print size. Like all other mechanical processes, die cutting isn’t perfect every time so it’s best to plan on another 1/8th inch of wobble there. Overall, be prepared to lose up to 1/4 of an inch of print from ANY side of the image.

Pro tips
1. Wallet prints have a different aspect ratio from your camera's native sensor aspect ratio, so the original image will be cropped. This means that a photo that fits a wallet print MAY NOT print properly at other print sizes. And vice versa.
2. You'll need to tell your customers which photos in your gallery are to be ordered for wallet prints, especially if you've dolled them up with text or graphics.
3. When in doubt, create a separate gallery for your wallet prints only, and set up a special "Wallet Prints" Pricelist just for those galleries.

Here's a guide:

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You’ll need to watch to make sure that the top of your subject’s head or other important elements are not in danger of being cropped out of the final print. The SmugMug shopping cart shows the potential trimmed area as a gray space:

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How to add text to your photos

Option #1: PicMonkey

Start with your image cropped to the wallet-fitting aspect ratio, which is 1:1.4 or 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Upload that crop to your SmugMug gallery.

Next, fire up PicMonkey from your gallery's Photo Tools wrench icon >  Edit > PicMonkey

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You can add text, select the color and font of the text, position it on your image. You’ll need to keep in mind that the text should be within the above stated 1/4 inch boundary from all edges of your image.

Also, remember that saving your changes in PicMonkey forever changes your image. (Translation: Make a copy of your image before you begin!)

Option #2: Photoshop

First, create a new image canvas at a final size of 2.5 x 3.5 inches.

Use the grid tool to mark the ‘out of bounds’ area.

Copy and paste the image that you’d like to print onto this new canvas, then transform to fit the canvas (keeping your proportions locked).

Add your text layer and make sure that the text, top of head, and all important elements remain within the boundaries you’ve marked off with your grid tool.

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Option #3: Lightroom

First, crop your image to 5x7.

You'll be using the Identity Plate tool under the Print module. 

Open the print module and create a custom canvas, single image.

Open the identity plate tool and create a custom identity plate with your text. Position that within your image area using the ruler guide to ensure it is within the 1/4 inch boundary from the edge of the image.

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Print to file (saving it as a jpeg). Upload your new file to SmugMug, and then use the cart crop tool to determine the final print area:

The pixels within that gray area may or may not be included in the final print product, so be sure that important body parts and text don’t fall within that part of the image.

Good luck and we hope that this helps you get perfect wallet prints every time, right down to the pixel. Talk to our Support Heroes if you still have any questions!