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Print photos with an HP printer

Print quality photographs by using the correct paper and settings for your print job.

Load photo paper into the main input tray

Load compatible photo paper into your HP printer.

Note:

If your printer has a separate photo paper tray, consult your user guide on how to print from the tray.

  1. Remove any plain paper from the main paper tray.

  2. Load the short edge of the photo paper into the tray. If the paper has a perforated tab, load the paper so the tab faces up or towards you to prevent printing on it.

    • Inkjet printers with a rear load tray: Load inkjet photo paper glossy or print side facing up

      Loading photo paper in a rear tray
    • Inkjet printers with a front load tray: Load inkjet photo paper glossy or print side facing down

      Loading photo paper in a front tray
    • LaserJet printers with a front load tray: Load laser photo paper glossy or print side facing up

  3. Adjust the paper width guides so they rest against the edges of the paper.

Print the photo (Windows)

Print your photo from photo editing software after changing a few print quality settings.

  1. Before printing, edit the photo to improve colors, brightness, contrast, and any other appearance settings.

  2. Right-click the photo, select Open with, and then select Windows Photo Viewer or Paint.

    Note:

    For Windows 10, open the photo with Paint to use these steps. Windows Photo Viewer does not come with Windows 10 and was replaced by the Photos app.

  3. Click Print, File, or the menu icon Microsoft Paint menu icon (Paint), then click Print.

    The Print or Print Pictures window opens with general print job settings.

  4. Open the printer Document Properties window to access more print settings.

    If you do not see these settings, go to 123.hp.com to install the full feature HP driver.

    • In the Print Pictures window in Windows Photo Viewer, click Options..., and then click Printer Properties....

    • In the Print window in Paint, click Preferences.

    Document Properties window
  5. Change print job settings from the Properties or Preferences windows. Use the Advanced button or the tabs at the top of windows to find your settings.

    • Portrait or landscape orientation: Select Portrait for vertical prints or Landscape for horizontal prints.

    • Paper tray or source: Select the tray you loaded the photo paper into, if your printer has more than one tray.

    • Photo paper type: Set the paper type you are using, such as HP photo paper, glossy, or matte finish.

    • Paper size: Select the paper size you loaded in the printer.

    • Add or remove a border: Add a white border around the photo or print to the very edge of the paper.

    Note:

    If the Document Properties window has a Printing Shortcut tab, select a shortcut with your preferred settings.

  6. From the Paper/Quality tab and in Advanced settings, select available print quality settings.

    Note:

    Quality is measured in dots per inch (DPI). Higher DPI produces better photos but slows print speed.

    • Draft: Lowest DPI typically used when ink cartridge levels are low or when high quality prints are not needed

    • Normal: Default quality setting suitable for most print jobs

    • Best: Better DPI than Normal

    • Max DPI: Highest DPI setting available

  7. On the Paper/Quality, Color, or Features tab, or from the Advanced, Color mode, or Print in Grayscale menu, select from the following options based on your printing needs.

    Note:

    If you regularly print in black and white, but find that color ink is also used, your printer model uses a mix of black and color inks to decrease grain. Additionally, some ink is used from all cartridges to perform periodic servicing that prevents clogs and other print quality issues. There is no way to bypass these features.

    • Black and white, Monochrome, Black Ink Only, or Grayscale: Uses the black cartridge only to print in black and white.

    • High Quality Grayscale: Uses all colors and black to print higher quality black and white prints.

    • Color: Uses all colors and black to print in full color.

  8. Click OK, and then click Print.

  9. To save your settings for future print jobs, select one of the print job shortcuts, change any of the settings, click User Specified Print Settings, then click Save as.

  10. After printing, remove any photo paper from the tray and store it in the package it came in or in a plastic bag. If left in the tray for an extended time, the paper might start to curl.

Print the photo (Mac)

Print your photo from photo editing software after changing a few print quality settings.

  1. Before printing, edit the photo to improve colors, brightness, contrast, and any other appearance settings.

  2. Open the photo, click File, and then click Print. For the Photos app, select a layout, and then click Print. The print settings window opens.

    If you do not see the following options in the window, click Show Details.

    Print settings window
  3. Select your printer from the Printer menu.

  4. Some printers offer predefined Presets for photo printing. From the Presets menu, select an option that applies to your print job or paper type.

  5. From the Paper Size menu, select the paper you are printing on. If necessary, click the arrow at the top or bottom of the pop-up menu to display more sizes.

    Some paper sizes have multiple options. Make sure to select the correct borderless paper size, such as 4x6 in/10x15 cm Borderless, if you want to print a borderless photo.

  6. Select the Orientation of the photo (portrait for vertical or landscape for horizontal).

  7. Click the unnamed print options menu at the center of the dialog to access more print settings.

    More print settings
  8. Make any print job settings changes.

    Note:

    To save your settings for future print jobs, click the Presets menu, and then select Save Current Settings as Preset.

    • Paper type: Selecting the correct paper type ensures the printer properly applies the ink to the paper you loaded in the printer. Click Media & Quality, and then click the Paper Type menu.

    • Paper tray: Select the tray you loaded the photo paper into, if your printer has more than one tray. Click Media & Quality, and then select an option from the Feed from menu.

    • Print in color or black and white: Select or de-select Black & White on the main dialog. The Presets menu also includes color and black and white options.

    • Adjust print quality: Click Media & Quality, and then move the Quality slider to the desired setting.

    • Add or remove a border: Click Layout, and then click the Border menu to select a border width or select None for borderless prints.

    • Mirror printing: Reverse an image or document for printing iron-on transfers. Click Layout, and then select the Flip horizontally option.

  9. Click Print.

  10. After printing, remove any photo paper from the tray and store it in the package it came in or in a plastic bag. If left in the tray for an extended time, the paper might start to curl.

Tips for printing quality photos

Tips and recommendations for printing the best pictures with your HP printer.

  • Use HP photo paper: HP photo papers are optimized for use with inkjet printers and provide quality prints for craft projects or framing.

  • Take high resolution photos: Higher resolution pictures result in clearer and more vibrant prints.

  • Edit photos before printing: Before printing, use photo editing tools to crop the image and improve colors, brightness, contrast, and any other appearance settings.

  • Select Best or Max DPI quality in print settings: Higher print quality settings provide best results.


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