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I have a lot of portrait photos that I would like to make landscape. They're not high-res enough to just crop out a landscape section of the photo for my purposes.

What are common techniques and tools for filling the edges of portrait photos to make them landscape?

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    I'm not sure if there are common tools or techniques, because I don't think it's a common thing to do... – ElendilTheTall Aug 18 '12 at 6:21
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As @Elendi commented, this sort of thing isn't that common.

What we do see a lot where someone wants to place a portrait photo in a landscape frame is associating it with a comment, a piece of poetry, some background etc.

The most common seems to be having text to one side of the photo, either left or right, but I have on occasion seen text placed on both sides, with the photo centred.

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Depending on the pictures, a good option might be to do diptychs or triptychs.

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