How to Print a Passport Photo From a Computer

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Passport photos aren't just for passports anymore. Background checks, employment inquiries and publicity ventures can all require photos, and a passport photo is an excellent candidate for the job. Though you can go out and pay to have a passport photo taken, the process is easy to do at home if you have the right equipment. Before beginning this process, test the quality of your home printer with a random photo image. If the print job isn't photo quality, you may need to use a work printer or a friend's.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Digital camera
  • Wall with blank space
  • Computer with photo editing software
  • Colour photo printer

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  1. 1

    Stand the subject in front of a blank, white or off-white wall. Take three to five digital photographs of the full face and tops of the shoulders. Eyes should be open and mouth closed, and your subject may not wear a hat or sunglasses (regular glasses are OK). Be sure to line up straight on the subject, as if you were trying to include both ears in the photograph.

  2. 2

    Transfer the image files to your computer as per the instructions for your camera.

  3. 3

    Open the files in your photo editing software.

  4. 4

    Choose the clearest photo out of the images taken.

  5. 5

    Edit the photo to meet passport standards. For the United States, passport photos must be 2 inches by 2 inches, clear with good lighting. The depth of the head must measure 1 inch, and there must be at least 1 1/8 inch depth from the eyes to the bottom of the photo.

  6. 6

    Load your printer with photo paper. This may require you to change print settings with your printer or computer. Check your manual to confirm these details.

  7. 7

    Print your passport photos, several to one page. Cut them out and attach them to your application as instructed.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure your photo is exactly right according to the regulations of your country. It takes a while to process your passport application, so you don't want to have to start over.

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