Passport/visa photos are egregiously priced in the US. Costco is one of the cheaper options but, like many, they will only print the 2-inch by 2-inch size used by few other countries. This is a hassle for Americans applying for visas that specify different sizes, some countries’ diplomatic mission flexible, some sticklers. The Rapid Traveler got a huge store last time he was in China, and even the common ID photo kiosks in subway stations across Europe can offer decent value compared to US prices.
Recently The Rapid Traveler volunteered to help a friend in the US needing the 35-mm by 45-mm size standard in much of the world. Nearly a dozen calls to photo shops later, it was time for a different approach.
idPhoto4you is an elegant, free, single purpose service to create ID photos. There is a handy country selector and then it is just a matter of uploading a JPG/JPEG photo. The challenge is in taking an acceptable picture, to which a help section is useful. With a satisfactory photo, the service converts into a printable sheet for printing at home or a photo lab. Probably best to consider photo lab printing unless able to produce that professional look with a personal printer, in case a picky consular officer does not like the look of home brew.