How to design for 16.9

  melqu1sedec 21:00 28 Jul 08

We are creating images for digital displays. We need them to show as 16/9. The max resolution of the displays is 1024x768. Our problem is that when we design our images and use the 1024x768 resolution, they show perfect using 4/3 prop. but when we go to 16/9 the display will stretch the images. How can we design for 16/9 then? It is not about increasing pixels. At first we thought, ok, if 4/3 is equal to 1024X768 what are the proportions for 16/9. We did the calculation and design using those pixels.. But the display will only show 1024X768 MAX...... Dont know what to do, please help...

  Forum Editor 23:57 29 Jul 08

because that display size uses square pixels. The usual way to get the images to display properly is to use vertical and/or horizontal mattes, or to crop the image to the 16:9 aspect ratio.

If your images are digital photos they'll probably be in the aspect ratio 4:3, which is why you're having a problem - crop them to 16:9 and see how you get on.

  kplan 12:14 31 Jul 08

If you mean the actual 16:9 display is only 1024x768.

Then this is what you need to do.

Firstly crop you image so that it measures 1024x576 and all looks in the correct proportions.

Then stretch the image in your software so that it measures 1024x768. this will look wrong, and too tall. However when displayed on a 16:9 1024x768 monitor it will be at the correct ration again.


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