Langue: en

Version: 15 Jul 2004 (CentOS - 06/07/09)

Section: 7 (Divers)


gimpprint-inktypes - Gimp-Print inkset types


Gimp-Print supports many different inksets, which are printer type specific. The option names are case sensitive. Two names are listed for each resolution; the first (short) name is the inktype, and the second (long) name is descriptive. Not all ink types are supported on all printers.


Epson and Lexmark (other than the 4076) printers

Six color printers can print using four color inks or all six colors. Six color mode is recommended for photographs. Four color mode may be useful when printing text with embedded graphics to reduce ink consumption, or to print higher quality with Ordered, Fast, or Very Fast dithering (see below).

The "Composite" modes use only color inks (no black) to produce all colors and black. These ink types are rarely useful, but on certain types of paper they may produce a smoother image than that produced by mixing black ink in. The Epson Stylus Color 1500 cannot mix black ink with colored inks; on this printer, Three Color Composite must be used.

Ink Type Description

Photo7 Seven Color Photo (CcMmYKk, for the Epson Stylus Photo 2100 and 2200, and Stylus Pro 7600 and 9600)
PhotoCMYK Six Color Photo
PhotoCMY Five Color Photo Composite
CMYK Four Color Standard
RGB Three Color Composite
Quadtone Quadtone grayscale inks (special third party inksets designed to produce superior results for grayscale images)
Gray2 Two Level Grayscale (Kk, for the Epson stylus Photo 2100 and 2200, and Stylus Pro 7600 and 9600)

Canon printers

Ink Type Description

Gray Black
RGB Color
CMYK Black/Color
PhotoCMY Photo/Color
PhotoCMYK Photo

PCL (Hewlett-Packard and Lexmark 4076) color printers

Ink Type Description

CMYK Color + Black Cartridges
Photo Color + Photo Cartridges (For Deskjet 69x only)

Black and white PCL printers (laser printers, in particular) do not allow any value to be specified for the ink type.

Copyright © 2001 Michael Sweet ( and 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 manual page was written by Roger Leigh (


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