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Can I set maximum print size per photo?

Several of my photos are stitched panoramas, meaning that the original resolution varies from photo to photo. I would like to set the maximum print size on an individual photo basis. How can I do that?
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  • Derek (Official Rep) October 25, 2011 18:29
    Hi Babak,

    You can do this using Collections - you'd just create a new Collection and add the photos that you want available differently from the rest to the new Collection. Please see this article for more on how.

    Kind regards,
    Derek
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  • Hi, thanks for the quick response.

    I was afraid this would be the way to do it. Thing is, with stitched panoramas, the size, in pixels, of each photo can be that much different to require many different maximum sizes for many photos, effectively potentially requiring as many collections as photos.
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  • Derek (Official Rep) October 25, 2011 18:55
    No problem Babak - I'm glad to help.

    We're always open to suggestions on how Fotomoto could be improved, so please feel free to add your comments here.

    Also, you'll be interested to know that we're working on new functionality that should make life easier for you - it will allow you to automatically route a photo to a Collection based on photo-specific data, possibly the URL or image metadata. I don't have an ETA on when this will be available, but stay tuned, as we are constantly making improvements to our service.

    I hope that helps and kind regards,
    Derek
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  • After I uploaded the original file of a photo I sold as a print, it seems that Fotomoto automatically deduced the maximum print size. So, either I would like to upload originals *before* I sell them, or I would like to be able to set the width and height, in pixels, of each original, before uploading (and selling) them.
    That way, Fotomoto can deduce what the maximum print size would be for each print.
    • Derek (Official Rep) October 26, 2011 07:44
      Thanks again for your feedback on this Babak, and I will convert this post in to an "Idea" rather than a question, so it will be considered as a feature request by our product team.

      I can't guarantee that this will be addressed in the near future, but it is very helpful for us to know your use real-life use case when we're planning how our application will work in the future.

      Kind regards,
      Derek
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  • As Babak, I have interest to be able to specify individual print size for each photo.

    In addition to controlling the correct resolution image for printing, is a very important issue for the limited editions that some artists want to do with some of your works.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration
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  • Hi Esco and Güilmon,

    I want to follow up here and make sure that I've properly explained how this works, as it should be fairly easy to maintain, and only requires one more step than it would defining print sizes for every image. The way we do this should actually save you time in the long run.

    First, for any image that has a unique resolution and should be offered at different print sizes than the rest, you create a new Collection to control how the image is available (described here), then just move that image in to the new Collection. If you have other images that should be available the same way, just move them to the new Collection as well.

    You can repeat the above for any other "sets" of image that should be available differently. I use Fotomoto as well, and I do exactly this with multiple Collections. Most of my images go in For Sale with larger print sizes enabled, then I have a Collection for "no large print sizes" and another for "small prints sizes only". You can do the same and use as many Collections as needed to control the available print sizes. If you like you can even go so far as to make a Collection for every inch difference, say "16-17 prints", "17-18" prints", etc., which should give you plenty of control, and it's easier to use in the long run because you can use the Collection for multiple images.

    Given the above it's not likely that we'll ever implement maximum print size per-image, as this would probably be harder for our sellers to maintain than the current system.

    Of course, if we can make things *easier* for you and the rest of our sellers, we're always listening for ideas on how to improve, and your comments are always appreciated.

    I hope that helps and kind regards,
    Derek
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  • Hi Derek,

    Your solution works, but is only more practical than setting print sizes per photo when the majority of photos have the same dimensions.

    With many photos having different dimensions and different resolutions, your solution means having to calculate, by hand, the right collection for each individual photo.

    If I would be able to specify individual image resolutions, fotomoto could automatically determine the maximum print size, without me having to worry about it.
    Fotomoto already does this, after I upload a photo. When I get an order that would result in having to print a photo at less than 150dpi, I have to explicitly authorize the printing. If I would be able to tell fotomoto the actual resolution of each photo, this could be easily avoided.
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  • Thanks for the additional clarification Babak - maybe we should change the subject of this post (or create a new one) to the effect of "Auto-disable large prints based on image resolution"...do you think that would be a good way to address this?

    Thanks again and kind regards,
    Derek
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  • Well, fotomoto pretty much already does that, but only after I upload an original file. But by the time that happens, the order for too large an image might already have been placed.
    That's why specifying each image's actual resolution, upfront, would be useful.
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  • Understood - the thing is that you would still have to manually determine the high-resolution image size, key it in, and *then* we could possibly determine which print sizes to offer. Lots of manual work and kind of a hassle in my opinion. We don't store high-resolution files, so we can't calculate the size automatically until we have the image, but there may be a way to automate this somehow...

    Regardless, I can assure you that our product team is aware of the scenario here, and they always do their best to make life as easy-as-possible for sellers using Fotomoto. I don't think that this will be addressed soon, but it's definitely something to think about for future releases!

    Thanks again,
    Derek
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