Quick passport pics

Ensure that your passport photo meets requirements with this useful tool.

The last time we had a passport made we ended up with one of those typical unattractive headshots from the local copy place. If you'd rather have a little more control over your passport photo--and we don't blame you, as you'll be stuck with it for a while--you might want to try Free passport photo software.

What you actually get with this program is not just a tool for correctly editing passport photos, but a whole suite of photo tools called CamToPrint. In addition to the passport tool, there are also utilities for creating photo albums, calendars, greeting cards, and collages. We only tried the passport feature, but the others may be worth checking out as well. The part of the program that handles passport photos is pretty simple. You select the image you want to use and the program helps center and crop it into the required size. There are also tools for rotating the image and adjusting the brightness and contrast. A drop-down menu lets you select whether you want to use United States or United Kingdom passport photo requirements, which are slightly different. We were disappointed that the "Show U.K. Passport Photo Requirements" button took us to the U.S. requirements instead; those in the U.K. will want to be on the lookout for this. Once you are satisfied that your photo meets the requirements, you can either print it directly from the program or save it to be printed professionally. Photos are saved or printed as one 4-by-6 image, with U.S. photos saved in sets of six and U.K. photos saved in sets of eight. The program doesn't have a Help file per se, but there is an online video tutorial that demonstrates its use. Overall, Free passport photo software doesn't have a ton of features, but it could be just what you need if you're looking for a quick way to ensure that your passport photo meets the necessary requirements.

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