How to Print Five by Five Photos

By William Carne

Printing 5-inch square photos is a fairly simple process if you have access to an image editor and photo-capable printer. Square photos can be useful for special projects, such as montages, or for custom 5x5 photograph frames. Because the print size is not large, 5x5 prints also provide the option of using low-resolution images from telephones or older digital cameras without a high risk of poor image quality.

Things You'll Need

  • Image editor
  • Printer
  • Photo paper

Step 1

Open the photo you want to work on in an image editing program.

Step 2

Click on the "Image Size" dialogue, usually located in the "Image" menu. Type 300 in the box next to "Resolution." If you are starting with a low-resolution image, type 200 in the box, or leave it at default. A high resolution improves the quality of the printed image. Click "OK."

Step 3

Select the crop tool. Hold the "Shift" key, then click and drag the pointer across the image from the top left to the bottom right. Holding the "Shift" key ensures a perfect square. Release the mouse button when finished and press "Enter."

Step 4

Open the "Image Size" dialogue again, and make sure "inches" is selected in the height and width areas. Check the "constrain proportions" box. Type "5" into the height box. The width will be calculated automatically. Click "OK."

Step 5

Put photo paper into your printer, and select "File," then "Print." Make sure photo paper is selected as the "Paper type" option, and click "OK."