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I have a picture frame which is square but I don't understand how to print a cropped (square) photo out, say on A4 paper, so that I can cut away the excess, leaving a perfectly sized photo for my frame.

I would prefer to use Picasa or iPhoto to do this.

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Your problem (as I understand it) is that you have a square frame (say 6"x6") that you want to print for. Just having a square jpeg as @dpollitt isn't enough, because if you print it at A4 some of the image will not fit.

OddPrints allows you to upload your photo and type in the size of your frame. You can then download a new jpeg ready for printing at a standard size.

For example, if your frame is 2"x2", it will generate an image ready for you to print at a standard 4"x6". The jpeg you download will be your image surrounded by a grey border. In this case, the image will constitute 1/2 the width and 1/3 of the length of the jpeg.

Disclaimer: I faced this problem so many times I wrote this website! I'm hoping this isn't too spammy because it's open source and free to use. Hopefully it will make more sense when you see it:

www.oddprints.com enter image description here

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Matt Burns - you're a lifesaver! What a cool little website - solved my problem of weird shaped/sized prints pronto! Thanks Andu –  user20250 Jun 2 '13 at 21:22
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Self advertising? Of course having a square image is sufficient - just about every photo editor (including free stuff from Microsoft) can print a predefined size or fit an image to a page. –  DetlevCM Jun 3 '13 at 7:58
    
@DetlevCM I can't figure out how to do it with free tools from Microsoft. If you can explain how, post it as an answer here and I'll even vote it up... –  matt burns Jun 3 '13 at 12:12
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Windows Live Photo Gallery -> Crop -> Proportion -> Square (at bottom of list) Then in the print menu untick "Fit picture to frame". The square image is placed automatically in the centre of the page. –  DetlevCM Jun 3 '13 at 13:55
    
@DetlevCM, I'm not near a windows machine at the moment to confirm, but IIRC you only have a choice of a few output sizes. ie. you would choose your paper size (say A4) then you can basically just choose the number of times you want your image to tile on that paper. You can't specifically say 'print for a 6x6" frame'... Am I wrong? –  matt burns Jun 3 '13 at 21:38

You can do this fairly easily in Picasa. Simply select the Crop option, then "Add Custom Aspect Ratio" at the bottom of the crop options. This will allow you to select a custom size such as 8x8, then export export it as such. Below I have some screenshots to assist.

Picasa 1

Picasa 2

Picasa 3

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This isn't enough. How does having a square image help you print it at, say, 8"x8"? –  matt burns Jun 3 '13 at 12:14

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