If you need a quick and easy way to print photos on your Mac, look no further than the Photos app, which comes with macOS. It allows you to print one or more photos in custom paper sizes. Here’s how to do it.

What you will need

To keep this guide simple, we’ll assume that you have a Mac with Mac OS X 10.10.3 or later (the first version to include the Photos app) and a working photo printer that you’ve already set up to work with your Mac.

The image files you want to print should already be copied or imported to your Mac.

Soon: How to Import Photos from Camera or Phone Using Photos on Mac

How to print photos in the Mac Photos app

First, open the “Photos” application. Its icon looks like a flower with eight petals of different colors. You can find it in your “Applications” folder.

If the photos you want to print aren’t already in the Photos app, you’ll need to import them. You can use the File> Import option in the menu bar to import them. You can simply drag the photos you want to import from a Finder window (or desktop) to the Photos window.

Drag a folder onto the Photos app window to import it on Mac

Once your photos are imported, you’ll see them as a grid of thumbnails. Find the photo (s) you want to print and select them.

To select multiple photos, you can hold down the left mouse / trackpad button and drag your cursor over a group of thumbnails. Or, if you want to select one at a time, hold down the Command key while clicking individual photos. Each selected photo will have a blue border around it.

Select multiple photos to print in Photos on Mac

Once all the photos you want to print have been selected, click File> Print from the menu bar at the top of the screen. Or, you can press Command + P.

Select File & Print from the menu bar in Photos on Mac

A print dialog will appear. Here you can select the printer you want to use, paper size, print layout, or ink options.

Apple Photos app print dialog in macOS Catalina

If you want to print multiple images on a single sheet of paper, click on the “Paper Size” menu (the second drop-down menu from the top) and select “Other”.

With “Other” selected, you will see several layout options, including mounting two 4 “x6” photos on a single sheet of letter-sized paper and a “Contact Sheet” layout that can print small. thumbnails at a time.

Select Other in Paper Sizes in the Photos app on Mac

If you are printing only one photo, select the desired paper size. When you are ready to print, click the “Print” button in the lower corner of the window.

Click Print in the Photos app on Mac

The job will be sent to your printer, and if all goes well you should have a hard copy of your images on hand shortly.

If you’re having trouble with the quality of your printed photos, read about why prints often look different on paper and screen. You can also consider sending your photos to a professional photo service. They are often quick and inexpensive.

Either way, photos are a great way to bring back old memories. Enjoy!