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Guide to Border Options & Print Sizes

Choosing the right print size and border options for reproductions of your artwork or photography is more important than you think because what you choose for these options will enhance or detract from the final appeal of your printed art.

Here at The Stackhouse Printery, we offer a variety of sizes and border options to cater to your specific needs.

Here are our tips for making the best selection for your project.

Understanding Border Options

At The Stackhouse Printery, we offer several border options, mainly for our Giclee Prints, Photo Prints, and Loose Canvas Prints. These can include borderless, 1/4-inch border, 1-inch border, and a generous 2-inch border.

All borders are in addition to the print size.

  • Borderless: Ideal for full-bleed images or if you’re planning to frame the print. The artwork extends all the way to the edges.

  • 1/4-Inch Border: This slight border gives your artwork a clean, finished look, especially when left unframed.

  • 1-Inch Border: A more noticeable border that adds extra white space around your artwork, creating a mat effect and allowing for easier handling or framing.

  • 2-Inch Border: This broad border provides an aesthetic boost, particularly for larger prints, and gives you ample space for stretching or framing.

Remember, the right size and border for your print will depend on your artwork, its intended location, and your personal preference. The Stackhouse Printery team is always here to help if you need advice or assistance in making your selection.

Choosing the Right Print Size

different sizes of prints to show the differences in size.
  • Consider the Artwork’s Scale: The size of your print should align with the dimensions of your original artwork. For larger pieces, a larger print size will more effectively capture all the details, while smaller artwork can be best served with a smaller print size.

  • Context Matters: Think about where the print will be displayed. A larger print might work best on an empty living room wall, while a smaller print might be more suitable for a desk or bedside table. Also, consider the decor and room size to ensure your print complements its surroundings.

  • How You Want to Use It: The ideal print size for your fine art or photo printing project depends on how you plan to use your piece. If you want to print family photos for sentimental reasons or as a gift, it's best to print them in a smaller size. However, a larger size may be more suitable if you plan to display your photos in a gallery. Also, if you're selling and shipping your art worldwide, printing in smaller sizes helps you avoid additional crating expenses.

  • The Pixel Dimensions of Your File: When selecting a size for printing, it's essential to consider pixel dimensions and quality of your digital file. If you plan to print a photo with small pixel dimensions, choose a smaller size to maintain image precision. Enlarging a small digital file to accommodate larger prints will result in poor image quality, with blurriness or pixelation often occurring.

  • Determine Available Size Choices: The largest size that we can print is based on the pixel dimensions of your digital file after it has been cropped. To determine the available printable size options based on your file size, divide the pixel dimensions of your image by 150. For example, an image with pixel dimensions of 3600 x 2400 gives you a maximum print size of 24x16.

  • Sample Different Sizes: If you’re unsure about the size you need, consider printing small samples of your work at different sizes to see which one works best. This is an inexpensive way to make a more informed decision.

This table outlines the standard sizes for the listed aspect ratios. Any of these sizes can be printed without cropping.

We provide also custom sizing for all media and encourage you to contact us for a free quote!

2:3 3:4 4:5
6 x 9
 6 x 8  6 x 7.5
8 x 12
9 x 12 8 x 10
10 x 15 12 x 16 12 x 15
12 x 18 15 x 20 16 x 20
14 x 21 18 x 24 20 x 25
16 x 24 21 x 28 24 x 30
18 x 27 24 x 32 28 x 35
20 x 30 27 x 36 32 x 40
22 x 33 30 x 40 36 x 45
24 x 36 33 x 44 40 x 50
26 x 39 36 x 48
28 x 42 39 x 52
30 x 45 42 x 56
32 x 48
34 x 51
36 x 54
38 x 57
40 x 60
42 x 63

Giclee Prints

Fine Art Prints

Uncover your artistic brilliance with our Giclee Fine Art Prints. Meticulous detail and superior vibrancy will capture your artwork’s richness. We use archival inks and fine art paper, to flawlessly replicate your images, making our Giclee Fine Art Prints perfect for artists seeking gallery-quality reproductions.

Photo Prints

Preserve your precious memories and turn fleeting moments into lasting impressions with our high-quality, Giclee Photo Prints. We use advanced technology, archival inks, and pro-grade photographic paper, to bring your memories to life with remarkable clarity and vivid colors.

Canvas Prints

Gallery Wraps

Enhance your decor or build your art business with our Gallery Wrapped Canvas. Your image will be wrapped around a robust frame, delivering a ready to hang, museum-like finish. Our Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints bring a professional aesthetic to any space, regardless of your decor style.

Canvas Prints

Our Loose Canvas Prints offer you the versatility you crave for framing and displaying your artwork. Printed with archival inks on high-quality canvas, these prints can be framed, stretched, or displayed as is. You can customize your finish with different border options for a truly personalized piece of art.

Mounted Prints

Rigid Mounted Prints

Elevate your art with our Mounted Prints, where every detail matters. Our mounting process enhances durability, ensures longevity, and prepares your prints for display with elegance. Choose from a variety of substrates for a finish that complements your space. Perfect for galleries, gifts, and personal collections.

Packaged Prints

Clear Bagged Prints

Opt for elegance and protection with our Clear Bagged Prints. Each print is individually encased in a transparent, protective bag, showcasing the beauty of your artwork while safeguarding it from dust, moisture, and handling. Ideal for artists and photographers looking to present their work professionally or for those seeking a ready-to-sell or gift solution.

Retail Ready Prints

Enhance your artwork with our Retail Ready Prints. Each print is packed with a backing board for added rigidity, then slipped into a crystal-clear protective bag. This ensures your artwork remains pristine and protected from environmental factors, and also provides a professional, ready-to-display solution. Ideal for anyone looking for a sale-ready presentation.

Matting Package Prints

Discover the refined elegance of our Matting Package Prints, designed for those who seek a touch of sophistication in their presentation. Each print, produced on our premium fine art or photo papers, is meticulously matted with precision-cut, white-core matboard and backed for added rigidity. Encased in a clear sleeve for protection, these prints are display-ready, ideal for artists, galleries, and thoughtful gifting.