Print your passport photos at home

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If you have a computer and an inkjet printer, we have good news – you no longer need run to the nearest photo studio each time you want a passport-size photo! the news is sweeter still if you own a digital camera – you can then shoot yourself, digitally touch the image up, and print it out on appropriate media.

Preparing your Photograph

Find or shoot an appropriate photograph of yourself. the first thing to note is that a photo meant for printing needs a resolution of 300 dpi and a preset size. To ensure this, start Adobe Photoshop, open your picture. Click on Image > Image Size, in the dialog box that follows, you will need to supply the ‘Document Size’: width of 3cm and height of 4 cm; in the ‘Resolution’ field type 300 pixels/inch. Now click on OK.

Preparing your Photograph, II

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We will now create a blank image within which we will paste our resized photograph. the blank image should have a white background since this colour will form the frame of the photograph. Go to File > New and specify a 3cm x 4cm image with a 300 pixels/inch resolution and a white background. Head to the photograph, which we earlier resized, press [Ctrl] + [A] to select the photo, [Ctrl] + [C] to copy it, then select the new image file with the white background and paste it there.

Framing your Picture

You will now need to create a ‘frame’ around the pasted image. To do this, press [Ctrl] + [T] then press [Shift] and resize the image, making sure that some white space is kept around it as the frame. Once satisfied with the size of the frame, double-click on the image to render it to the new size.

Printing your picture

This step will use a Photoshop tool to create an A4 size page full of your passport-sized pictures.Head to File > Automate and click on ‘Picture Package’.In the ‘Picture Package’ window that appears, here is what you need to do: ‘Select a ‘Page Size’ of 8.0 x 10.0 square inch. Next in the ‘Layout’ drop-down menu select (9) 2.5 x 3.25 – this will basically tell Photoshop to create nine images, each of 2.5 x 3.25 inches square – which is the standard size of a passport photo.Now we need to select a Resolution of 300 pixels/inch. That’s it! Click on [OK] and you are done! Well, almost done…clicking on [OK] will create an 8×10 square-inch image which you can print to your inkjet printer.Cut out along the white frame and use the passport-sized photos as you desire.

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