how to print 5x7 photos on HP printer

How to print 5×7 photos on HP printer

Printing digital photos at home is now part and parcel of our everyday life. Because of advancements in digital photography technology, pictures can directly be printed from the comfort of your home without the need to visit a photo center.

While many printers are designed to print digital copies, there are some specially designed for printing pictures. This article explains how to print 5×7 photos on HP printer to share with your family and friends. They can also be framed as memorabilia to improve your room aesthetics.

How to print 5×7 photos on HP printer: Method 1

Materials needed

  • Photo Editing Software
  • Matte or Glossy hp Photo Paper
  • Camera USB Cord
  • Photo Printer

Step 1: Sizing

With the aid of a USB cord, connect your camera to your PC. Next, navigate to the “My Computer Menu” on the desktop and double-tap the camera icon. This will open the camera folder to reveal all saved images.

Select the photo you want to print. Drag the picture to a new folder or the desktop and open a photograph editing app like Corel draw, Adobe Photoshop, or PaintShop pro. Go to the “File” menu, click on “Open,” select your photo. Double-tap “Ctrl+A” to highlight the entire image.

Navigate to the “Image” menu, then click on “Resize in PaintShop pro. For Photoshop, click on “Image” followed by “Image Size.” A resizing popup will appear.

Ensure the image resolution does not fall below 200 and 300 dpi or PPI. This dpi range is ideal for printing photos. Next, deselect the box “Resample Image.” This will scale the picture without tampering with the picture resolution.

You will find a designated field for sizing. Type the width and height of the photo to create a 5×7 image. If this does not size exactly to a 5-inch-by-7-inch, do the following: choose one side of the measurement and edit. This can be either the 7-inch side or the 5-inch side. Exit the sizing dialog box. Next, go to the “Image” menu, then “Canvas Size.” Enter the correct value for the incorrect sizing in the dialog box to resize the canvas to 5-inch-by-7-inch. Note, this may trim off a little part of the photo.

Step 2: Printing

Slot in a matte or glossy inkjet photo printing paper into the paper tray. Navigate to the “File” menu, click on “Preferences” or “Print Setup.”

Choose “Matte Photo Paper” or “Glossy Photo Paper” from the dropdown containing various paper types in the printer Preferences screen. (Note, some printers will depict paper types with numerals when you click on the dropdown).

Having selected your paper type and other printing preferences, click “OK,” then “Print” to bring your images to life.

If your photo printer is designed to print directly on 5 by 7-inch paper, simply load the photo paper onto the tray. Then, carefully adjust such that the printing tabs fit perfectly on all corners of the paper. If not, edit the paper type as necessary, and select 5-inch-by-7-inch size on the paper size dialogue box.

How to print 5×7 photos on HP printer: Method 2

Step 1: Select a default image viewing app

This is a simpler method that assumes you already have the photo stored on your computer. However, it requires configuring Windows Photo Viewer as the default image viewing app on your PC. Without this config, “Windows Photo Viewer” will not appear under the “Open With” menu when you right-click on an image with your mouse. But how can you achieve this?

Double press the “Win+I” keys, a dialog box will appear. Next, click on the “System” menu, the first option from the left. Next, on the bottom left side of the screen, click on “Default apps.” Next, click on the photo viewer and select “Windows Photo Viewer” as the default image opening app.

Step 2: Printing

Power your printer, connect to your PC, load your preferred printing paper in the printer’s tray and have it ready to print.

Double click the image you want to print.

At the top left-hand corner is the “Print” menu. First, click on “Print” or double press “Ctrl P” on your computer keyboard. This will open a “Print Picture” dialogue box. Next, click on the “Printer” dropdown and select the printer connected to the PC, ready to print.

Navigate to the “Paper Size” dropdown menu and select “more,” a long list comes up. Here, you can select your preferred customized sizing, but choose A4 from the list. Next, navigate to the right-sidebar, and select the 5-inch-by-7-inch sizing. Next, untick the “Fit Picture to Frame” as you don’t want a distortion in resolution. Then choose the number of copies you want to print.

Click on the “Print” button on the lower right-hand side of the “Print Picture” dialogue box. Observe as the printer process your images and ejects them. This is how to print 5×7 photos on HP printer.

how to print 5x7 photos on HP printer


That’s it, two super-easy methods on how to print 5×7 photos on HP printer  This will surely save you some money compared to dashing to a photo lab to print your pictures. Ensure you follow all the steps as explained above, and make sure to set the sizing. Then, a 5×7 DIY photo on a hp printer is achievable.

Do you print 5×7 photos on your hp printer at home? Share your method in the comment box.

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