Langue: en

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

Section: 7 (Divers)


gimpprint-mediatypes - Gimp-Print media types


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


Epson and Lexmark (other than the 4076) inkjet printers

Media Type Description

Plain Plain Paper
PlainFast Plain Paper Fast Load
Postcard Postcard
GlossyFilm Glossy Film
Transparency Transparencies
Envelope Envelopes
BackFilm Back Light Film
Matte Matte Paper
Inkjet Inkjet Paper
Coated Photo Quality Inkjet Paper
GlossyPhoto Premium Glossy Photo Paper
Luster Premium Luster Photo Paper
Photo Photo Paper
Glossy Photo Quality Glossy Paper
Ilford Ilford Heavy Paper
Other Other

We have found that glossy photo papers not specifically designed for Epson printers generally perform poorly in Epson printers. The ink tends to pool on the paper, causing muddy shadows and possibly leaving ink on the printer rollers. Use of the highest quality printing modes (1440x720 highest quality and 2880x720 unidirectional) produces the best result on such papers, probably because printing is slower and there is more time for the ink to dry.

Canon printers

Media Type Description

Plain Plain Paper
Transparency Transparencies
BackFilm Back Print Film
Fabric Fabric Sheets
Envelope Envelope
Coated High Resolution Paper
TShirt T-Shirt Transfers
GlossyFilm High Gloss Film
GlossyPaper Glossy Photo Paper
GlossyCards Glossy Photo Cards
GlossyPro Photo Paper Pro

PCL (Hewlett-Packard and Lexmark 4076) inkjet printers

Media Type Description

Plain Plain
Bond Bond
Premium Premium
Glossy Glossy/Photo
Transparency Transparency
GlossyQD Quick-dry Photo
TransparencyQD Quick-dry Transparency

PCL laser printers do not allow specification of any media 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 (


gimpprint-color(7), gimpprint-dithers(7), gimpprint-imagetypes(7), gimpprint-inktypes(7), gimpprint-mediasizes(7), gimpprint-mediasources(7), gimpprint-models(7), gimpprint-resolutions(7).