• Tours with Spaces Available

          • Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Tour and Workshop 2020
            Japan Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Tour & Workshops 2020
          • Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2020
            The Complete Namibia Photography Tour & Workshop 2020
          • Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure
            Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure 2020
          • Snow Monkeys & Hokkaido Tour & Workshop 2021
            Japan Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Tour & Workshop 2021
          • Complete Namibia Tour & Workshop 2021
            The Complete Namibia Photography Tour & Workshop 2021
          • HLPA 2021
            Hokkaido Winter Landscape Photography Adventure 2021
          • The Scowl
            Namibia
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          • Pensive Power
            The Wildlife of Japan
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          • Landscape of Japan Cover Image
            Landscapes of Japan
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          • Flowers
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          • Iceland
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          • Monumental Icebergs
            Antarctica (inc. South Georgia, Falklands & Patagonia)
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          • Greenland
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          • Camels and Handler in Sahara
            Morocco
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          • Flowerscapes
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          • Pipe Dreams
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          • City
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        • Video Portfolios

          • "The Nature of Japan" Exhibition Video
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          • Polar Pioneer in Paradise
            Antarctica & South Georgia 2012
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          • Canon HQ Exhibition Video Screenshot
            Canon HQ Exhibition and Showroom Video
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          • Meguro River Sakura
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          • Morocco 4K Slideshow
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          • Himba Goat Herding
            Namibia 4K Slideshow
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          • The Annular Eclipse
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          • The Moon
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Print Border Size Calculation Spreadsheet

When making fine art prints, if we apply equally sized borders on all four sides, the weight of the image area makes it feel too low on the page. The image generally looks better above center, as you can see in this example.

Fine Art Print Border Dimensions

Fine Art Print Border Dimensions

I use 10% of the short edge of the print as my size for the side borders, then move the print up by 3%, making the top border 7% and the bottom border 13% of the height. This makes the final print more aesthetically pleasing, and gives us somewhere to sign our prints.

If you’d like to use these border sizes yourself, you can download my Excel spreadsheet which provides the top, bottom and side borders for various paper sizes, including some non-standard sizes that I use when printing on roll paper. You can also change the proportions if you’d prefer narrower or wider top borders.

The spreadsheet has protection turned on, to prevent it getting messed up unintentionally, but if you want to edit it, and add our own paper sizes etc, you can turn protection off from the Tool menu. There is no password. It’s just a fail-safe.

Click here to download the spreadsheet.

If you want to print with the off-set border on roll paper and then trim down to a specific sheet size, take a look at our Fine Art Border Photoshop Scripts which do this automatically for 12 common page sizes.

Print Border Spreadsheet v2