How to Print Pictures from Windows 8 - dummies

How to Print Pictures from Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

Printing pictures in Windows 8 is as easy as it can be. The Windows 8 Photo Printing Wizard offers nearly as many options as the drugstore’s photo counter, printing full-page glossies, wallet prints, and nearly anything in between.

The key to printing nice photos is buying nice (and expensive) photo paper and using a photo-quality printer. Ask to see printed samples before buying a printer and then buy that printer’s recommended photo-quality paper.

Here’s how to move photos from your screen to the printed page:

  1. Open the Pictures library from the desktop and select the photos you’d like to print.

    Want to print one photo? Then click it. To select more than one photo, hold down the Ctrl key as you click each one.

  2. Tell Windows 8 to print the selected photos.

    You can tell Windows 8 to print your selection either of these ways:

    • Choose the folder’s Share tab along the top menu and choose Print.

    • Right-click any of the selected photos and choose Print from the pop-up menu.

    No matter which method you choose, the Print Pictures window appears.


  3. Choose your printer, paper size, quality, paper type, photo layout, and the number of times to print each picture.

    The Print Pictures window lets you tweak several settings. (If you don’t tweak anything, Windows 8 prints one copy of each photo across an expensive sheet of 8-1/2-x-11-inch photo paper.)

    • Printer: Windows 8 lists your default printer — your only printer, if you only have one — in the top-left drop-down list. If you own a second printer that you use only for photos, select that printer from the drop-down list.

    • Paper size: Windows 8 lists different paper sizes in this drop-down list in case you’ll be printing on something besides normal 8-1/2-x-11-inch photo paper.

    • Quality: Leave this at 600 x 600 dots per inch for most photo printers. If you’re printing on a regular printer, switch to 300 x 300 dots per inch.

    • Paper Type: Choose the type of paper you’ve placed in your printer, usually some type of Photo Paper. This menu generally lists several types of photo paper, from glossy to semi-glossy to matte. Not sure what type of photo paper you have? Then choose any of the listed photo paper options, as they’ll turn out better than choosing the Plain Paper option.

    • Layout: On the Print Picture Windows’ right edge, choose how Windows 8 should arrange the photos on the page. For example, you can print each photo to fill an entire page, print nine wallet photos, or print something in between. Each time you choose an option, the wizard displays a preview of the printed page.

    • Copies of each picture: Choose anywhere from 1 to 99 copies of each picture.

    • Fit Picture to Frame: Leave this check box selected so Windows 8 fills the paper with the photo. (This option may slightly crop your photo’s edges for a better fit.)

  4. Insert photo paper into your printer and click Print.

    Follow the instructions for inserting your photo paper into your printer. It must face the correct direction and print on the correct side. Some paper requires a stiff paper backing sheet, as well.

    After you click Print, Windows 8 shuttles your photo off to the printer.

Most photo developers print digital photos with much better quality paper and ink than your own printer can accomplish. And with the cost of expensive printer paper and ink cartridges, photo developers often cost less than printing photos yourself. Check their pricing and ask the photo developer how you should submit your photos — by CD, memory card, or over the Internet.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.