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2 or 3 years ago, I switched from ubuntu to mint.
Since then I can't print anymore graphics or photos in high resolution.
My printer is a HP deskjet F380; it is detected as F300 and the driver is the standard hplip.
I see some gutenprint references in installed packages.
It seems all graphic print is in draft quality, either from g-thumb or gimp.
I have mint 17 but it was the same with mint 16, 13, and 10.
I also tried ubuntu 12.04 with the same poor results.
The printer works fine under ubuntu 10.04.
I ran some printing from the web interface, but without any improvement.
I made some setting modification through menu/system/administration/printers and properties.
Then, by testing the printer status (lpoptions -p Deskjet_F300 -l), I can see my default settings (size, cartridge, paper).
Also , I don't understand the role of the different pieces of software : cups, hplip, hpijs, gutenprint.
Synaptic shows that both hp-ppd and hpijs-ppds were installed from mint repository.
I can see also hplip and hpijs were in the ubuntu 10.04 installed packages.
On top of that, in each system, there are other packages:
cups, gutenprint and openprinting, but I can't say wich of them are relevant.