The high water mark of home photo printing may be long past, but if you have an inkjet printer, chances are the printer driver and feed mechanism include options of photo paper, including printing on 4 by 6 and other standard photo sizes. But how can you take a photo, crop it, and print it the way you want without using a photo editing app?
You might think preview is the answer because it lets you crop and resize images, but it’s hard to take images that aren’t exactly the right proportions of the final paper size and adjust them. in shape. Or to get a smaller photo to print on a larger paper size that you plan to shrink for a particular purpose, like being part of a collage or fitting into an office photo carousel.
You can often get better results with Photos or Pages, depending on your specific needs.
Ideal photos for exact adjustments
The Photos app works well for one or more images of the same dimensions that you are printing to fill a photo print size or larger page, or when you plan to cut two edges. Here’s how:
Select an image from Photos.
Picking out File > Print.
In the top right corner, choose your printer from the top pop-up menu, then choose your paper size from the second. Most inkjet printers can print to the edge, which is called “borderless” printing.
If you have an option for paper type, choose the one that most closely matches what you’re using, as this tells the printer how much ink to use, among other settings. For example, choose Glossy Photo for glossy paper.
Below the menus, you can click to select a culture. Click on Adapt, and you often have a white edge top and bottom or right and left. Click on To filland you can drag a slider on the type to resize the image and click to drag the image into the print area.
When you are satisfied, click To print.
In the Print dialog box, make sure your paper, source, and quality settings are correct before clicking Print.
Pages offers more control and better accuracy
If you need more flexibility, try Pages. It may seem unintuitive, but Pages lets you control four aspects of photo/page assets simultaneously:
Reduce or enlarge page on paper
Here is the workflow that will make it easier for you to manage this process:
In Pages, create a new blank document: choose File > Newselect a blank document template, then click Create.
Switch to layout by choosing File > Convert to Layout and confirm.
Set the page size to your output size by clicking the Document in the upper right corner, choosing your printer under the icon Printer and paper size menu, then choose your paper, such as 4 x 6 borderless.
Click it Format icon in the upper right corner of the window.
Drag your photo onto the page.
With the image selected, you can click the Arrange tab in the Format pane.
In the Size box, look at the dimensions of the image and make sure “Constrain proportions” is checked in the Size section. Most images from iPhone and other cameras won’t be in the proportion of what you want to print, so you need to resize. For a portrait-oriented image that you want to print on 4 x 6 inch paper, for example, enter 6 inches in the Height field and press Come back.
In most cases, the photo will now be 6 inches tall but over 4 inches wide. You can then move on to cropping for width. (If it’s narrower than 4 inches wide, type 4 inches in the Width field and press Return, then crop for height.) Double-click the image, and the sizing and cropping tools appear below the image. image that use the current image size as Frame.
To crop, make sure the Crop the icon is selected in the image toolbar under the photo, then drag the handles with black squares to change the crop. As you drag, Pages shows you the dimensions. You can also click and drag the image to move it left to right with a width crop, or move it up and down with a height crop.
Click on Do.
You can now print this image via File > Print. As above, check that the output options match how you want the paper to flow through the printer and at what quality.
The above steps work whether you’re scaling and cropping an image to fit exactly on a sheet of photo or other paper, or scaling it smaller than the page dimensions to crop it after printing. For larger paper where you want to fit multiple images, you can resize and crop each one before printing.
If you want more guidance when sizing, you can watch this by creating a rectangle of the final crop size and using that to guide sizing and cropping:
Click it Shapes icon in the toolbar and click the icon Rectangle form.
On the Style tab of the Format pane, set the Fill to No filling and the border at Line. Set the border width to 0.25 pt, a “thin” width.
In the Format pane Arrange tab with the rectangle selected, set its dimensions.
Click it To block so that the rectangle does not move when you drag the image using the steps in the previous list for resizing and cropping.
Unless you want a thin border, when you’re done with the rectangle, select it, click Open, and press the Delete key. (If you can’t select it, select the image, then choose Organize > Send Back Where Arrange > Send to Background. This places the image on a virtual layer below the rectangle.)
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