wide screen problem with photos

  faulties 23:20 29 Jul 2007

Hi all.

I've just bought a laptop with a wide screen and my pictures are all fat. I can't work out what's wrong.

I use a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 which I find fine for working with word and excel etc. but when I'm working with my photos they look fat!

Any help will be most appreciated.

  woodchip 23:23 29 Jul 2007

Use a edit Program that does not change the size view. PC how are you viewing them? As the Desktop can stretch a photo or be set to do so

  2neat 23:26 29 Jul 2007

My photo's look fat too.

I also seem to get this problem when looking in the mirror!


  nick_j007 23:26 29 Jul 2007


Not entirely sure, but try right clicking on a blank part of the desktop, and go to properties.
Then Settings and screen resolution. Make a note of your current settings first.
Try to adjust the slider a little to see if this does the trick...maybe you are viewing everything at an enhanced magnification?



  woodchip 23:27 29 Jul 2007

I think I bought my Mirror from the same place as you

  Stuartli 23:36 29 Jul 2007

The reason is probably due to the fact that your graphics card only supports 4:3 picture ratio; a new graphics card also supporting WXGA resolutions is likely to be the answer.

Here's a list of the various widescreen formats:

click here

  faulties 23:37 29 Jul 2007

I use Serif photoplus 10, I don't know if it changes the size view

They're fine on the desktop pc using the same resolution & program, that's a 19" square TFT screen.

Tried adjusting slider - no difference.

  faulties 23:40 29 Jul 2007

Mmmm didn't want to have to start buying new cards as it's still under warrenty.

  Stuartli 23:46 29 Jul 2007

Whether it's under warranty or not, it still requires the correct input...:-)

What graphics card do you have and how old is it?

  Stuartli 23:48 29 Jul 2007

The fact that you have a 4:3 screen ratio is the reason; it's the same for CRT monitors.

  woodchip 23:50 29 Jul 2007

Only thing I can think is to change view in your Edit Program to change Scale. but you would need to change it back for printing

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