If got a picture that displays things. As thing A is alot bigger than thing B, I have downsized A. Not mentioning this size adjustment may confuse viewers and transport a wrong message. How can I tell the viewer with as little words as possible that the sizes of A and B are not comparable without adjusting the scale.

A is displayed with smaller ratio

Is this okay, or should I use in as a preposition? Is there a best practise way of saying this?

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"Not to scale" is probably the standard disclaimer.

  • They are both "to scale", only different scales!
    – Kris
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 11:52
  • Well, the question mentions one picture with two "things", so with the text applied to the picture as a whole I think it would be pretty clear. Otherwise "shown to different scales" or similar.
    – aPaulT
    Commented Jan 29, 2014 at 12:33

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