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Old 11-08-2004, 07:13 AM   #1
Alan Lakin
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Printing photographs

I have never really mastered the art of easily printing photographs taken with a didgital camera. For a start, the glossy photo paper seems to come in 6x4 - my digital camera does not frame the photograph in that ratio. I have a very capable HP Deskjet 5150 printer and use the hpijs driver.

I'll tell you what I currently do, you can have a good laugh and then tell me the easy way

I open the photo in the GIMP and use the crop/resize option to get my photo to fit on 6x4 paper. After saving I open the photo in flphoto (I use this for getting the pictures off the camera in the first place) and use the simple printing options available there. I have tried printing from other applications but cannot seem to get the printer to understand what I am doing eg. it might think the paper is A4 and I get a corner of the photo on my 6x4 paper or the colour balance / saturation is all over the place. You might ask "why not print from the GIMP?". Well there's a subject in itself. Again not easy.

Old 11-09-2004, 04:46 AM   #2
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I would suggest that you look into printing directly from GIMP; it uses a lot of low-level printer optimisations that other programs don't tend to bother with, so it generally gives a higher quality output. And it gives you fine control over the page size, colour balance, contrast, etc. (Tip: use the driver for your printer, not the generic Postscript driver).

You could also use ImageMagick to crop/resize the images automatically (assuming that you always want to do this in the same way) via a script.
Old 11-09-2004, 06:23 AM   #3
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I recall getting in a bit of a mess with the GIMP. Perhaps I need to have a fresh look at it.
Old 05-27-2005, 02:58 AM   #4
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Trouble Printing 4x6 Photos

I am running Suse 9.3, and use HPs PSC 2355 "All In One" for my printing and scanning.

Everything works great except that I can not print out 4x6 photos!

I am using the hpijs driver.

I have tried using The Gimp, but all I get is two lines of text:
"% ! PS Adobe-3.0
%%Creator: Print plug-in"

I tried using F-Spot Photo Album, but nothing happens at all (including nothing in the spool).

Is there a configuration parameter I missed in Gimp?

Why does F-Spot Album have a problem getting anything at all to the spool?

Side Note: I am able to print out a "Letter" size photo.


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