Printing Instagram Photos

I had a few people asking me exactly how do I print out my Instagram images the way they are seen in the Instagram apps, in square form. So, I’m going to share with you how I print my Instagram images through simple step-by-step instructions.

First of all, you need to know that I print all my photos regardless of my images taken with my Canon, Olympus or iPhone4 from my home. It is always at the convenience at my own home that I print them myself rather than getting them printed at the lab, at any time I want & I’m happy with this arrangement for many years.

The following instructions on how I print my Instagram images are using my faithful Canon Pixma IP3680 printer I had for years. It only cost me S$139 and they are still working in tip top condition. It’s not the best Canon model & top of the printer range in town but it works well for me. And Canon printer is by far the best printer I’ve owned. That again is my personal opinion. Some of you may have different brands that you swear by it but this really boils down to  individual preference. You may own an Epson, Hewlett Packard etc., it really doesn’t matter so as long as you’re happy with the quality of prints that your printer produce.

Let’s get started shall we?:)

Step 1 – Organization of Instagram images

I always organize my photos in folders which I dated or named, depending on what I photograph. I sorted my Instgram images into a special folder which I imported from my iPhone4 onto my MacBook Pro so it’s easier for me to locate them separately from my other folders.

Step 2 – Open printer utility and select images.

My next step is to open my Canon printer utility Easy-Photoprint EX.

A CD comes in the purchase of a Canon printer and it has to be installed onto my Mac to manage & print my images.

I need to select my images that I want to print from my Instagram folder, for example shown here are 2 of my Instagram images that I selected circled in red.

Step 3 – Select type of paper

After my images are selected, I will need to choose the photo paper size and type of paper.

For this instance, I want to print the 2 images I picked on a 4″ x 6″ (4R) photo paper and the type of paper I used was Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss (I’ll talk more about this at the end of this post)

Step 4 – Selecting layout

The good thing about this Canon printer is that it offers a good range of printing layouts and I’m sure the other brands of printer have such feature as well (may differ slightly but I’m not too sure).

To print the 2 images that I selected on a 4″ x 6″ photo paper, I selected a bordered layout which fits 2 images into one photo paper.

You can see from the image the Instagram photos fit nicely onto the 4R paper and still maintains the square form as seen in the Instagram apps. I don’t have to do anything else to adjust and fit them onto the photo paper. The printer utility does all that for me! That’s great right?:)

Step 5 – Printing of images

The last step I need to do is to click print and here’s my printed images.

Please take note that these 2 images printed on a 4″ x 6″ photo paper with bordered layout measures 2.75″ x 2.75″ each after I cut them out.

Ok, that would be for printing images on a 4″ x 6″ photo paper.

Next, I’ll show you how I print my Instagram images in batches on a A4 paper size.

Going forward to Step 2 shown earlier, I selected 9 Instagram images that I want to print. I’ll tell you why I picked 9 images in a while.

Next step would be selecting photo paper size and type of paper the same as Step 3 shown earlier.

I selected an A4 paper size and the type of paper would be Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss.

Thereafter, I selected wallet (x9) layout to print my images. This is the reason why I picked 9 images earlier in step 2 because only 9 images can fit into an A4 size paper with this wallet layout option. You get it right?:)

So, if you want to print 2 pieces of A4 papers you need to select 18 images to fit them all in.

And please note again that I don’t have to do anything to adjust the 9 images to fit them nicely onto the A4 paper. The printer utility auto fit the images onto the paper and they are still in their square form. Great isn’t it?:)

Now you know why I love my Canon printer so much! *laugh*

Last but not least, click print and here’s what you’ll see!

The size of each image printed on A4 paper measures 2.5″ by 2.5″, slightly smaller than the images printed on the 4″ x 6″ paper.

Here’s a close up look at both 4R and A4 papers that I printed.

It’s simple as that. You need to know how your printer utility works and I’m sure you’ll be able to print your Instagram images in the square form.

Going back to the type of photo paper I always use to print all my photos.

After years of trying different type of photo papers, glossy, matte & semi-glossy, in my personal opinion and preference, semi-glossy photo paper gives me the best result for all my prints. It gives a satin finishing, the quality of color is rich and very close to what I see my images on the screen.

So, right now I only swear by Canon Photo Paper Plus Semi-Glossy.:D

I hope you find this post useful and if any of you still have any questions, please free to let me know and I’ll try my best to answer them.

Happy Lunar New Year Everyone!

HeatherJanuary 23, 2012 - 12:08 am

Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to try this today.

Danielle G.January 23, 2012 - 9:28 am

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a comment about how I have the same printer as you and couldn’t get quality photos. You recommended semi-gloss, so I bought that and tried printing, No success. Then, you posted this tutorial today and I realized you’re using the CD software from Canon. I never thought to use it; I was just printing through PSE or System Preferences. I dug out my cd and installed the software….and the picture I printed looks fabulous! Thank you SOOOOO much for the tips. I can’t wait to start printing all my pictures from home. This is going to be awesome!

MayJanuary 23, 2012 - 11:15 am

I’ve planned to get myself a Selphy which is for printing 4×6 photo in a few months, but after read this post I’m not sure which one to buy any more, a selphy or Canon Pixma IP3650 like yours.

My old printer I have at the moment is HP. I’d never tried to print photo though. :)

carolJanuary 24, 2012 - 10:35 am

thanks thanks for the wonderful detail tutorial! Wishing you a happy enjoyable Chinese New Year!!Huat ah!!!:)

AnastasiaJanuary 31, 2012 - 9:43 am

Thank you!
May be an odd question, but how do you cut the prints out? Particularly as they have rounded corners / are small – what do you do?

FindingnanaJanuary 31, 2012 - 10:37 am

Hi Anastasia,
I cut out all my print outs with my paper trimmer or sometimes I use just ruler and a blade on a cutting mat. As for the images with rounded corner, I leave them as they are. The image with rounded corner is the effect from Earlybird filter in Instagram and they’re inside the square frame, so I don’t cut the corners. If you want to cut them, you can use corner punch which is also available.
Hope this helps answer your questions. :)
Leena

RoxyMarch 5, 2012 - 11:44 pm

Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have been looking everywhere on how to print my instagram photos and this is the best site I found. I also love your blog, your photos are beautiful and the information is great. I am looking to start project life and have also been looking for a printer. Thank you for all the inspriation!

dianeMarch 23, 2012 - 7:43 pm

I have just found your blog today!!! And I am over the moon. So many ideas and answers to questions…print through the software that comes with my Canon printer. Der me!!! I have been putting 2 Instagram photos on a 6×4 canvas in PSE then getting them printed at my local developer. I will try this straight away…Thanks so much. I have fallen in love with Instagram and PL this year.

agusttitinJuly 20, 2013 - 6:00 am

Thank you so much for making this post! I’ve been looking everywhere, and people just telling me to print with money (services). Love this post, thank you :)

NicoleJanuary 4, 2014 - 12:32 am

Great tutorial, thank you so much for posting it!

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