How to Load Picture Paper Into an HP Printer

By Nick Davis

Printing digital pictures at home not only saves you money, but time also. With the invention of high-quality HP (Hewlett Packard ) photo and inkjet printers, you don't have to travel to the photo lab or drugstore to get your pictures developed and printed. When printing photos at home, there are a variety of different types of paper you can use to print your photos on, including white bond paper, matte-finish paper and glossy picture paper. It is important that you load the picture paper correctly in your HP printer.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture paper
  • HP printer

Step 1

Open the package of picture paper and handle the paper by its edges. Do not touch the paper's surface with your fingers.

Step 2

Insert the picture paper glossy or matte side facing up if you have a HP printer that accepts paper from a top-paper slot. These printers are known as “Top Load” printers. Insert 10 sheets of paper into the paper slot.

Step 3

Adjust the paper guides on the top-paper slot so the guides are tight against the paper.

Step 4

Pull out the paper tray and lift the paper catch, if one is present, and insert the picture paper glossy or matte side facing down if you have a HP printer that accepts paper from a front-load paper slot. These printers are known as “Front Load” printers. Insert 10 sheets of paper into the paper slot.

Step 5

Adjust the paper guides on the front-load paper slot so the guides are tight against the paper.

Tips & Warnings

  • After printing your photos, let the printed pages dry for 10 minutes before handling the paper or reinserting the photo in the printer for additional printing.
  • Store your picture paper in a cool, dry place in its original package or wrapped in butcher paper.
  • Do not overload your printer with more than 10 sheets of picture paper—this can lead to the printer pulling through two or more sheets of paper and jamming.