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       ijsgimpprint - Ghostscript driver for Gimp-Print


       gs   -sDEVICE=ijs   -sIjsServer=/usr/bin/ijsgimpprint  -sDeviceManufac-
       turer=vendor  -sDeviceModel=name	 [  -dIjsUseOutputFD  ]	 -sIjsParams=[
       key1=value1,keyn=valuen... ] [ options ] [ files ]


       ijsgimpprint  provides Ghostscript with a Gimp-Print driver, supporting
       all printers supported by libgimpprint.

       IJS is an initiative to improve the quality and ease of use of printing
       with  Ghostscript.   It	permits	 adding	 or  upgrading drivers without
       recompiling Ghostscript.	 An IJS driver runs in a separate process that
       communicates  with  Ghostscript via an IPC channel.  The Gimp-Print IJS
       driver may be used with AFPL Ghostscript, as it runs in a separate pro-

       The  options  for  this driver are very complex.	 We strongly recommend
       use of a printer management system such as Foomatic rather than config-
       uring  a	 spooler  manually  with this driver.  The driver name used by
       Foomatic is gimp-print-ijs.


       ijsgimpprint accepts the following options:

   Ghostscript IJS options
	      This option should be specified whenever output from Ghostscript
	      will  go	to  stdout or into a pipe.  It may be specified in all
	      other cases, with only a slight performance degradation.

	      This parameter contains a single string containing a comma-sepa-
	      rated list of sub-options.

       -sDeviceManufacturer=vendor -sDeviceModel=name
	      This  option  must  be  supplied.	 There is no default.  The IJS
	      driver requires the vendor (it's part of the protocol), but  the
	      ijsgimpprint driver ignores it.  It should be CANON, EPSON, LEX-
	      MARK, or HEWLETT-PACKARD.	 The value of the -sDeviceModel param-
	      eter  is	the  same as the value of the -sModel parameter in the
	      old stp driver.

	      A complete list of supported printers may be found in gimpprint-

	      Most  or	all of the Epson Stylus printers are fully functional.
	      The others vary.	In particular, all of the listed Epson	Stylus
	      Photo  printers  print  in  full 6-color photo mode; most of the
	      others do not.  The color output has also been better tuned  for
	      Epson Stylus printers than for others.

   Gimp-Print IJS options
       These  options  are  all	 used in the -sIjsParams options, except where
       mentioned otherwise.  Due to their complicated nature, the options  are
       explained in detail in their own sections.


	      The meaning of this is model-specific.  Two names are listed for
	      each resolution; the first (short) name is the quality that must
	      be passed to Quality, and the second (long) name is descriptive.
	      Each printer has its own default value; for most printers,  this
	      is  a  reasonable	 300  or  360  DPI resolution.	A full list of
	      available resolutions for each printer may  be  found  in	 gimp-



       This is printer type specific.  The option names are case sensitive.  A
       full list of available media  types  may	 be  found  in	gimmprint-ink-



       This is printer type specific.  The option names are case sensitive.  A
       full list of available media types  may	be  found  in  gimpprint-medi-



       This is printer type specific.  The option names are case sensitive.  A
       full list of available media sources may be found  in  gimpprint-media-


	      for known Ghostscript paper sizes.

	      where  x	and  y	are  the width and height of the paper respec-
	      tively, in points (1/72").  Note this is a normal gs option, not
	      an IJS option.

       This  is	 printer-specific;  we cannot list the correct values for each
       printer here.  The option names	are  case-sensitive.   Two  names  are
       listed  for  each  resolution; the first (short) name is the value that
       must be passed to -sPAPERSIZE, and the second (long) name  is  descrip-
       tive.   This  option  does  not	set GhostScript up to use a paper size
       other than the default; it only tells the driver to set up the  printer
       for a different paper size.  The default paper size is "Letter".

       A  complete  list  of  available paper sizes may be found in gimpprint-










       A full description  of  the  color  balancing  options,	including  the
       allowed ranges of values, may be found in gimpprint-color(7).


	      Possible	values	for  algorithm	may  be	 found	in  gimpprint-


       -sProcessColorModel=DeviceGray -dBitsPerSample=1
	      Black and white


	      Color (RGB)

	      Color (CMYK)

       Note these are gs options, not IJS options.  Choose color vs. grayscale
       output.	  Color	 output	 is  the  default.   Choosing  DeviceGrey  and
       -dBitsPerSample=1 results in only black ink (no color ink) being	 used,
       which is faster and usually results in the most accurate grayscale, but
       at the expense  of  smoothness.	 This  prints  only  black  and	 white
       (thresholding).	 This  option  always  uses  Fast dithering unless you
       specify Very Fast.  If you want composite color	(using	a  mixture  of
       color and black inks to produce gray), use DeviceGrey.

       In  addition, using DeviceGrey uses luminance (perceived brightness) of
       red, green, and blue to choose output levels.  Blue of a	 given	inten-
       sity  is	 perceived  to	be much darker than red, which in turn appears
       darker than green.  DeviceRGB, DeviceCYMK and Saturation=0.0 (see "Sat-
       uration" above) do not use luminance.

       CMYK  output  may  be  used  with the IJS driver only.  It is useful if
       you're printing a CMYK graphic and want explicit control over the inks.
       Generally it yields inferior quality, as Gimp-Print has good algorithms
       for converting RGB (screen) into CMYK (inks)  that  take	 into  account
       paper  type,  ink type, and other variables.  In CMYK mode, the bright-
       ness, contrast, and saturation controls do not function.


       This option can be used to optimize the dither.

	      Possible values are:

	      Value   Description
	      1	      Line art (color or gray scale)
	      2	      Primarily solid colors or smooth	gradi-
		      ents (color or gray scale)
	      3	      Continuous-tone  photographs  (color  or
		      gray scale)

	      Option 0 is the fastest.	It generates strong, but not  particu-
	      larly  accurate,	colors.	  There may be some fairly sharp color
	      transitions in this mode.

	      Option 1 generates more accurate colors, but is slower.

	      Option 2 generates the most accurate colors, but is considerably

       Note  that  any	of  the modes may be used with either color or black &
       white output.  If black and white output is requested, but a color mode
       used,  composite color will be printed.	This generally offers smoother
       tone, but less purity of gray or black, than pure black ink.   Further-
       more,  it  is possible to tune the color of the gray (to achieve warmer
       or cooler effects) using the color controls in this fashion.

       Specifying a lower GhostScript resolution (with -r) results  in	faster
       color conversion.  For example, if you print at 1440x720 DPI, but spec-
       ify a Ghostscript resolution of 360 DPI (with -r360),  output  will  be
       significantly  faster and there will be much less difference in perfor-
       mance between the three image type options.


       Note that a lot of these options are used for demonstration;  generally
       adjusting the density is a bad idea!

   Example 1
       Print charts to file, using A4 paper, color, 360 dpi:

	      gs -sDEVICE=ijs -sIjsServer=/usr/bin/ijsgimpprint
	      -sDeviceManufacturer=EPSON -sDeviceModel=escp2-ex -sPAPERSIZE=a4

   Example 2
       Print color photograph to /dev/lp0 at maximum quality:

	      gs -sDEVICE=ijs -sIjsServer=/usr/bin/ijsgimpprint
	      -sDeviceManufacturer=EPSON -sDeviceModel=escp2-870

   Example 3
       Print pure black text to stdout:

	      gs -sDEVICE=ijs -sIjsServer=/usr/bin/ijsgimpprint
	      -sDeviceManufacturer=EPSON -sDeviceModel=escp2-660  -dIjsUseOut-
	      -sProcessColorModel=DeviceGray -dBitsPerSample=1 -sOutputFile=-


       The  Ghostscript	 stp  driver  was originally written by Henryk Richter
       (, and was integrated into Gimp-Print  dur-
       ing the 3.1 development series.	Gimp-Print itself was originally writ-
       ten by Michael Sweet <>, who released up to version 2.0;
       Robert  Krawitz	released version 3.0.  The gimp-print development team
       ( now maintains the entire package.

       The IJS driver was originally written by Russell Lang, and incorporated
       into  Gimp-Print	 in  early 2002.  This driver corresponds with the IJS
       protocol 0.32.


       Copyright (C)  2001-2002 Robert Krawitz (

       This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
       under  the  terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
       Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at  your
       option) any later version.

       This  program  is  distributed  in the hope that it will be useful, but
       WITHOUT ANY  WARRANTY;  without	even  the  implied  warranty  of  MER-
       Public License for more details.

       You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
       with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
       59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.


       Robert Krawitz.	Originally written by Russell Lang.

       This manual page was written by Robert Krawitz  (  and
       Roger Leigh (


       gs(1), gimpprint-color(7), gimpprint-dithers(7), gimpprint-inktypes(7),
       gimpprint-mediasizes(7),	  gimpprint-mediasources(7),   gimpprint-medi-
       atypes(7), gimpprint-models(7), gimpprint-resolutions(7).

Version 4.2.5			  24 Jan 2003		       ijsgimpprint(1)

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