How to Print Locket-Sized Photos for a Meaningful Gift

Thinking about gifting a loved one a locket, but not sure how to personalize it with the right image? The truth is, it’s pretty easy to print locket-sized photos — you just need a little instruction first.

1. Measure your locket

Picture of an open locket.

Most lockets have a designated photo area surrounded by a frame of some kind. For best results, try to measure this space using a ruler or measuring tape to the closest millimeter. It doesn’t have to be perfect — you can always resize your image if it’s not quite right, but the closer you are, the easier it will be to fit your photo in the frame. If you’re unable to measure the size, you can make an estimate, usually within around 1 millimeter. If your locket is circular, measure the width in the center of the circle, at its widest point. Tip: Always round up when making measurements, as it’s a lot easier to trim your photo down a little than to size it up.

2. Upload your image

Transfer the image you’d like to use to a photo-editing website, app, or computer program, such as Photoshop or Microsoft Paint. After uploading, you can then adjust the size using resizing tools to change the width and height, or crop the image down to the appropriate size to match your locket. Once you have the correct dimensions, save your picture as a JPEG or PNG file.

3. Print your image

Use an at-home printer to print your image in black and white or color, depending on the look you desire. We recommend using a nice, high-gloss paper to better emulate the texture of a traditional photo, but feel free to experiment with photo types! If you don’t have a printer at home, you can also email the image file to a local photo-printing service store, or use a picture-delivery service to digitally send in your photo and have the completed prints mailed to you.

Collection of lockets.

4. Make adjustments

After cutting out the photo, you can adjust the size by clipping away edges until it fits snugly in the frame of the locket. If you’re not using an at-home printer, it’s usually a good bet to order a few slightly altered sizes of the photo, just in case your measurements aren’t totally spot-on. Once you have the photo sized to your liking, fit it into the locket for a personalized gift!

Ready to get started? Check out Shane Co.’s entire selection of high-quality lockets on our website, or chat with us online to speak with a member of our dedicated, non-commissioned sales team.

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