How to Make a Large Family Portrait

Add a creative touch to cherished family photos with cropping, large format printing and framing.

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Materials Needed:

  • family photos
  • desktop or laptop computer
  • basic photo editing software
  • professional digital printing house
  • professional or DIY framing
  • heavy-duty picture hangers
  • hammer
  • level
  • pencil
  • measuring tape
  • picture hanging wire
  • picture hanging hooks
  • drill
  • ladder
  • wire cutters

Select Proper Photos

In order to achieve the proper effect, it's best to choose photos in which faces are positioned straight-on. Stick with close-up angles (Image 1) rather than full scenes in which faces are hard to determine (Image 2). Use the cropping tool of basic photo editing software to edit photos to the proper scale and shape that best fits where the printed images will hang.

Determine Usable Wall Space

Before printing the images at a professional digital printing house, first take proper measurements of the wall along which the images will hang. Use measuring tape to determine the proper width and length, then divide that measurement by the number of images intended for hanging. This number will equal the maximum size for each individually printed image.

Print & Frame

Search local listings for a professional digital printing house, then set up images for large-scale printing on canvas or paper. Depending on your budget, have printed images professionally framed or take a DIY approach by placing paper prints in large ready-made frames or stretching canvas to a wood frame. Tip: Most digital printing houses and professional framing stores will discount pricing when pieces are ordered in volume. Although taking the DIY approach to stretch canvas to wood is a budget-saver, it's also complicated and the end result may end up crooked or unbalanced. A much more successful end result is guaranteed when money can be spent on professional printing and framing.

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