Computers, Laptops & Tablets Accessories & Hardware How to Print Your Own Photos Turn out frame-worthy prints at home by Jacci Howard Bear Writer A graphic designer, writer, and artist who writes about and teaches print and web design. our editorial process Jacci Howard Bear Updated on July 16, 2020 Accessories & Hardware Printers & Scanners Guide To Buying a New Printer The Quick Guide to Webcams Keyboards & Mice Monitors Cards HDD & SSD Raspberry Pi Tweet Share Email You've got a digital photo. You want a paper print. Now what? In this guide, we show you how to print a photo using basic apps like Photos for iOS and iPadOS, Photos for Windows, and more. JGI / Getty Images Before You Begin Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start printing photos on your computer or mobile device: What Is the Print's Purpose? Think about your finished product when choosing an image to print. Do you want to frame it? Is it for a scrapbook? Choose the best image for your intended purpose. It may be helpful to choose a timeframe, a person, an event, or a particular type of image (such as wildlife). Do You Want to Edit the Photo First? If so, you need photo editing software. There are plenty of free and paid offerings available on multiple platforms. Once you have one installed, here are some suggestions for improving your photo: Get rid of red-eye.Lighten a dark photo.Sharpen the image.Crop the photograph to remove unnecessary background or emphasize an important feature.Resize the photo to fit on a certain paper size.Implement a fun filter. Pick the Right Paper There are many types of paper available for photo printing. Here are some things to look out for: Photo printing uses lots of ink, so use the thicker papers developed for photos. Plain office paper doesn't work well.Paper comes in gloss, satin, and matte finishes. While glossy paper looks the most professional, it's also the hardest to see in brightly-lit conditions.Photo paper is expensive, so choose the right inkjet photo paper. For best results, choose the highest quality you can afford. How to Print a Photo on Android If you own an Android device, you can print a photo via the default Photos app. Here's how: Open the Photos app and select the photo you want to print. Tap the More icon (the three vertical dots) in the upper right. Choose Print from the list of options that appears. Select your printer, paper size, and the number of copies you want to make. Then tap the Print button. How to Print Photos on iOS and iPadOS Follow these steps to print a photo using the default Photos app on iOS and iPadOS: Open the Photos app and select the photo you want to print. Tap the Share button and choose Print from the list of options. Select your printer and the number of copies you want to make. Then tap Print. How to Print Photos on Windows Unlike Android and iOS, Windows' default photo app includes a few more options when printing a photo. Here's how to use it: Open the photo you want to print in the Photos app. Select the Print icon. You can also print using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+P. Select your printer and tweak the other options if necessary. You can change paper size, orientation, photo size, and more. Select Print. How to Print Photos on Mac Like iOS, Mac uses the Photos app for printing by default. But the steps are slightly different. Here's how to do it: Select the photo you wish to print in the Photos app. Select File > Print. Choose the format you wish to print in. Some formats let you resize your photo. Other options, like aspect ratio, appear depending on the format you select. Choose your printer and tweak your printer settings as necessary. Select Print. The printer dialog box appears. Select Print again.