Printing Your Own Passport Photos at Home or Office
Passport style photographs (4.5cm x 3.5cm Photos) are important in every day life. From gym membership and ID cards to applying for festival tickets, many of us rely on passport style photos to prove our identity every day.
Printing passport style photos
Printing passport style photos at home or office is fairly easy, you will, however, need to buy certain items and most importantly be aware of the rules and regulations that may apply to whatever it is that you are printing a photograph for.
It is important that the passport style photos that you print look professional or they are likely not be accepted.
Before you begin the process of printing out your passport style photos, you are going to need the following:
Taking passport style photos
You need to be careful when taking the photos because there is a huge list of regulations that can govern what is and is not an acceptable photo.
You should not encounter too many issues if the photos are needed for a gym card or something that is not accepted as an official form of identification.
UK Passport Rules can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/photos-for-passports
For more official identification documents, the list of regulations differ subtly from case to case, but the essential requirements are that:
Preparing the photo for printing
Not many printers have an passport size photo setting - that will allow you to print the photographs to the right specifications without the need for a computer.
If you do not own one of these printer models, you are going to have to format the picture in the following ways:
This can be done using Photoshop or by using a free online programme such as www.epassportphoto.com
Printing your passport style photos
Once you have formatted your photos correctly you are ready to print them out. As mentioned above, it is crucial that you have plain quality white photography paper.
It is also important that your printer has a good dpi (dots per inch) ratio of over 600 to ensure that the right amount of detail is captured in the print.
After the photos are printed you should measure them with a ruler to make sure they are the right size. Then it is just a case of carefully cutting them into individual snaps and you have just finished printing your passport style photos.
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