For some reason that I don’t fully appreciate, my wife likes to print photos. Our fridge is adorned with family photos.
She assumes that other family members need photos for their refrigerator art, too. And, they’re incapable of printing said photo art, so she does it for them. That means we still print photos on two aging, creaky, noisy, dusty HP color printers. Is there a better way?
Printing Photos Is Fun (not)
My view of family photos is simple. Send them by the bunches and let the relatives print what they like. Load up photos online by the dozens and let relatives print what they like.
That newfangled 21st century method of photo sharing may not be time honored, but it’s inexpensive, and immediate.
Printing photos takes time and money. Not every Mac app prints the same way, either, so I had my wife try out Photo Print.
It’s a print app. Not only is it good for printing photos, that’s really all it does. Photo Print works in concert with iPhoto. Drag and drop an album of photos into a Photo Print layout and click Print to print.
What you get is nicely printed photos, all printed in the right size (you select presets or a custom size), suitable for immediate trimming and cutting once printed, perfect for refrigerator art, or mailing to relatives not blessed with email or printers (but blessed with refrigerators).
The Photo Print interface is mostly self explanatory. Select a layout and paper size. Drop in the photos. Click print.
Layouts are in typical sizes to match different paper sizes and you can print multiple photos to a page, and in different sizes.
Photo Print comes with a handful of built-in photo image enhancements; filters that can be applied to your photos.
The process is non-destructive, and won’t change the photos in iPhoto. Sounds good, right? Here’s the problem. Why use Photo Print at all?
If you need a consistent interface to print, fine. Otherwise, iPhoto also prints photos. So does nearly every other Mac app where a photo can be viewed.
If your photos are in iPhoto what’s the compelling reason to move them to another app just to print (and Photo Print isn’t exactly free—or inexpensive)? The simple interface might appeal to some, but it’s not as though iPhoto’s printing options are complicated.