How to Get Photos on Sticky Back Paper

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How to Get Photos on Sticky Back Paper
Sticky back photo paper loaded in an injet printer provides a great medium for digital photos. (paper feed image by Glenn Jenkinson from

Since digital cameras have made capturing and sharing pictures possible for amateur photographers, photos have become an integral component in scrap booking, sign making, school projects and more. Photo paper produced with self-adhesive backing makes using pictures easy. Unlike multipurpose printer paper, photo paper produces images that feature deep blacks, vivid colours and rich detail. Photo paper has a pure white, coated surface that provides excellent contrast and holds ink without bleeding. Add the ability to peel and stick, or to place and reposition photos, and printing digital images on sticky back photo paper makes a great deal of sense. The process is easily mastered.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Digital camera
  • Photo quality paper -- sticky back or repositionable
  • Colour printer or photo maker
  • Ink cartridges -- colour and black and white
  • Photo-making software

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    Choose the photo paper finish that provides the look you need. Glossy paper looks most traditional, matt produces sharper images, satin reduces glare and high gloss is best for framing.

  2. 2

    Check the quality of your paper. The package should indicate a weight of at least 24.9kg. with a brightness ratio of 90 or higher.

  3. 3

    Look for a dots per inch- dpi setting marked on your photo paper packaging. Photos will print more quickly at 360-dpi or 720-dpi, but will be sharper at 1440-dpi or 2800 dpi.

  4. 4

    Choose sticky back paper for one time peel and stick application or repositionable paper if you will be repeatedly moving your pictures around.

  5. 5

    Select the photo paper size you require. Most printers can handle 3 X 5 inch, 4 X 6 inch, 5 X 7 inch or 8 X10 inch photo paper.

  1. 1

    Load your paper into the printer or photo maker. Many printers have separate loading bays to accept the smaller paper. Check your printer for loading location and instructions.

  2. 2

    Find the picture you wish to print. You can print directly from your digital camera, from a storage disc or chip, or from pictures saved to the hard drive on your computer. Follow the instructions for your hardware and software configurations.

  3. 3

    Select "File" in the top left corner of your screen.

  4. 4

    Select "Print" from the drop down menu.

  5. 5

    Select "Properties" and indicate paper size, paper tray and dpi settings where applicable. Many printers automatically set the proper dpi for photo paper. Select "portrait" or "landscape" for picture orientation. Select number of copies desired.

  6. 6

    Select "OK." Your photos will print on your sticky back paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Remove photos as they emerge from the printer. Do not allow photos to stack up.
  • Allow 10 to 45 minutes for pictures to dry before removing the backing to reveal and use the sticky back.
  • Handle photo paper with clean hands to avoid fingerprint transfer.

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