Cropping your photos creates a much nicer look and allows the viewer to see the most important features of the photo closer up.  Simply put, cropping your photos produces much cleaner results which is why we take the time to do it and at no additional charge!


  • Cropping each photo to the same size square creates a symmetrical balance throughout the mosaic and is more pleasing to the eye.
  • Cropping eliminates unnecessary background so the main features of the photos are preserved and zoomed-in, thus easier to see.
  • Cropping eliminates any colored boarders around the photo making the results much nicer.

For best results,  we will crop your first 200 photos for free unless you request “no cropping” in which we will create the mosaic “as is” or use the photos that are already cropped. Additional fees will apply if you would like us to crop over 200 photos. (See pricing for fees)

Although cropping is subjective, we will work with you and ask if you have any request on cropping before we start.

Although you can crop your photos using a basic photo editing program,  I suggest letting us do the cropping,  but if you decide to do it yourself, please follow the same guidelines we use below.

All cells need to have the same orientation. We can create your mosaic using horizontally oriented pictures (most popular) or they can all be vertically oriented. Either way, we will create your mosaic with all vertical squares or all horizontal squares.

How we Crop your Photos

  1. We crop your photos into squares, eliminating the risk of clipping and creating a balanced look.
  2. We Crop or zoom in on the main features of the image. For example, we zoom in on the area that you want to see most.  We will focus on faces unless there are parts of the photo that are important.  If the photo is a full-body picture, we may crop it so that you just see the face.
  3. If one or some of your photos are group photos, (more than three people in the same photo)  we will leave “as is”  and not crop them unless requested.  It is recommended that you do not send too many group photos (as a rule of thumb no more than 25% of the total photos you send should be group photos) Photos with more than three or four people in the same picture might be hard to see. If you would like us to crop photos please keep in mind that we use our best judgment on which people get grouped into two or more photos. Below is a sample of how we might crop your group photos into two or more pictures. Please note that if you send more than 25% of group photos and request cropping, there will be additional cropping fees.  (see pricing)
  4. We crop out any white borders around the photo!