Windows XP and Windows Vista ship with Photo Printing Wizard, a utility that lets users change format and size settings when printing images. Though this utility is useful, many users update to Windows 7 and find Photo Printing Wizard no longer included. Other users need more powerful software that gives them greater control of image printing. Several Photo Printing Wizard alternatives exist for these users who make printing photos a simple task.
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Adobe Photoshop CS5 is a graphic- and photo-editing software used by graphic designers, photographers and other digital artists. The software offers thorough control over photos and how they print. It boasts powerful image retouching features, advanced colour management, and detailed print control. According to Adobe, its "Proof Color" feature even allows a user to preview how the image will appear as printed by a specific device. With all of these features, Photoshop is best for professional and advanced hobbyists who understand how each setting works. It is also relatively expensive because of its intended professional use.
The Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free, open-source image editor comparable to Photoshop in terms of features. According to the GIMP team, the software added its own printer utility with its 2.4.0 version. This utility gives the user detailed control over how a photo prints, including print size, resolution and colour controls. GIMP has online documentation and dozens of support sites dedicated to it, so users getting through its steep learning curve have plenty of places to seek assistance. Like Photoshop, GIMP requires relatively advanced knowledge of the printing process, but once mastered can give users powerful control over how their photos print.
KODAK EASYSHARE software provides a simpler, more user-friendly alternative than GIMP and Photoshop. This free software has templates for home printing projects, organisation features, and retouching tools (Reference 1). The visual interface is accessible to those who know little about image editing but want to make basic choices about print size, red-eye reduction, and preset colour settings. As an added bonus, KODAK EASYSHARE also includes tools for publishing photos on websites like Facebook (Reference 3). Overall, this software is a good choice for amateurs who want simple tools for sharing their home photography.
Windows Photo Viewer
The simplest alternative to Photo Printing Wizard ships right with Windows 7. Windows Photo Viewer is a basic utility that allows users to control how and where their photos print. While it lacks powerful retouching features, Windows Photo Viewer gives users basic printing options like paper size, print style, and the choice of printing at home or ordering prints from several online companies. Windows Photo Viewer is a simple yet effective option for Windows 7 users who no longer have Photo Printing Wizard.
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