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How to Print Passport Photos at Home

Print Passport Photos at home

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What if I told you, “You could print your passport photo at home?” It sounds crazy, right? Well you can! All you need is a smartphone, a printer (that prints in color), photo paper, and a Ring Light Tripod with a wireless remote.

First things first, grab your smartphone and download "Passport Size Photo Maker" from the app store. I’m sure there are other apps, but this is the one I used.

Next, position yourself against a wall and take your photo. It’s best if you take the picture in front of a bare wall. No worries if you’re nervous about getting it right. The app has a built in grid that will help you line yourself up just right. Once you feel you’ve captured the perfect photo, proceed to the next step.

You will need to select your country. This will ensure the passport photo is the correct size.

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After moving through the steps to flip/rotate, align and crop your photo, you’ll have the option to extract your background. This steps allows you to your background to a white background. This is a very important step as a solid white background is required.

Make sure you review the tips for submitting photos for your country. There are rules and restrictions around resolution, print size, quality, poses, expressions, and attire. I’ve included the link for U.S. passport photos here. The website also provides satisfactory examples of passport photos.

You’ve made it this far - Guess what? You’re ready to print your photo! Load your printer with photo paper, then press print.

Print Passport Photos

Pro tip: Add a thin border to the image. The first time I didn’t do this, so I had to line the photos up against a ruler to ensure I cut them in a straight line. Be sure to cut off all of the border without affecting the required size of the image. You’ve been warned.

I’ve used this app to print photos for my passport, international driving permit, and all other applications that require a “passport” standard photo.

What say you? Will you skip the trip to CVS or play it safe?

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