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tiff2ps (1)


tiff2ps - convert a TIFF image to PostScript(TM)


tiff2ps [ options ] input.tif ...


TIFF2PS(1)                  General Commands Manual                 TIFF2PS(1)

       tiff2ps - convert a TIFF image to PostScript(TM)

       tiff2ps [ options ] input.tif ...

       tiff2ps  reads  TIFF images and writes PostScript or Encapsulated Post-
       Script (EPS) on the standard output.  By default, tiff2ps writes Encap-
       sulated  PostScript  for  the  first  image in the specified TIFF image

       By default, tiff2ps will generate PostScript that fills a printed  area
       specified  by  the  TIFF  tags in the input file.  If the file does not
       contain XResolution or YResolution tags, then the printed area  is  set
       according  to  the image dimensions.  The -w and -h options (see below)
       can be used to set the dimensions of the printed area in inches;  over-
       riding any relevant TIFF tags.

       The  PostScript  generated  for  RGB, palette, and CMYK images uses the
       colorimage  operator.   The  PostScript  generated  for  greyscale  and
       bilevel  images  uses the image operator.  When the colorimage operator
       is used, PostScript code to emulate this operator on  older  PostScript
       printers  is also generated.  Note that this emulation code can be very

       Color images with associated alpha data are  composited  over  a  white

       -1     Generate PostScript Level 1 (the default).

       -2     Generate PostScript Level 2.

       -3     Generate  PostScript Level 3. It basically allows one to use the
              /flateDecode filter for ZIP compressed TIFF images.

       -8     Disable use of ASCII85 encoding with PostScript Level 2/3.

       -a     Generate output for all IFDs (pages) in the input file.

       -b     Specify the bottom margin for the output (in inches). This  does
              not affect the height of the printed image.

       -c     Center the image in the output. This option only shows an effect
              if both the -w and the -h option are given.

       -C     Specify the document creator name.

       -d     Set the initial TIFF directory to the specified  directory  num-
              ber.   (NB:  Directories  are  numbered starting at zero.)  This
              option is useful for selecting individual pages in a  multi-page
              (e.g. facsimile) file.

       -D     Enable duplex printing (two pages per sheet of paper).

       -e     Force the generation of Encapsulated PostScript (implies -z).

       -h     Specify the vertical size of the printed area (in inches).

       -H     Specify  the  maximum  height  of image (in inches). Images with
              larger sizes will be split in several pages. Option  -L  may  be
              used  for  specifying  size  of  split  images  overlapping.  -i
              Enable/disable pixel interpolation.  This option requires a sin-
              gle  numeric value: zero to disable pixel interpolation and non-
              zero to enable.  The default is enabled.

       -L     Specify the size of overlapping for split  images  (in  inches).
              Used in conjunction with -H and -W options.

       -l     Specify  the  left  margin for the output (in inches). This does
              not affect the width of the printed image.

       -m     Where possible render using the  imagemask  PostScript  operator
              instead  of  the  image operator.  When this option is specified
              tiff2ps will use imagemask for rendering 1 bit deep images.   If
              this  option  is  not specified or if the image depth is greater
              than 1 then the image operator is used.

       -o     Set the initial TIFF directory to the IFD at the specified  file
              offset.   This  option  is useful for selecting thumbnail images
              and the like which are hidden using the SubIFD tag.

       -O     Write PostScript to specified file instead of standard output.

       -p     Force the generation of (non-Encapsulated) PostScript.

       -P L|P Set optional PageOrientation DSC comment to  Landscape  or  Por-

       -r 90|180|270|auto
              Rotate  image  by  90, 180, 270 degrees or auto.  Auto picks the
              best fit for the image on the specified paper size (eg  portrait
              or  landscape)  if -h or -w is specified. Rotation is in degrees
              counterclockwise. Auto rotates 90 degrees ccw to  produce  land-

       -s     Generate output for a single IFD (page) in the input file.

       -t     Specify the document title string.

       -T     Print pages for top edge binding.

       -w     Specify the horizontal size of the printed area (in inches).

       -W     Specify  the  maximum  width  of  image (in inches). Images with
              larger sizes will be split in several pages. Options -L  and  -W
              are mutually exclusive.

       -x     Override resolution units specified in the TIFF as centimeters.

       -y     Override resolution units specified in the TIFF as inches.

       -z     When  generating  PostScript  Level 2, data is scaled so that it
              does not image into the deadzone on a  page  (the  outer  margin
              that  the  printing device is unable to mark).  This option sup-
              presses this behavior.  When PostScript Level  1  is  generated,
              data is imaged to the entire printed page and this option has no

       The following generates PostScript Level 2 for all pages of  a  facsim-
              tiff2ps -a2 fax.tif | lpr
       Note  also  that if you have version 2.6.1 or newer of Ghostscript then
       you can efficiently preview facsimile generated with the above command.

       To generate Encapsulated PostScript for a the image at directory  2  of
       an image use:
              tiff2ps -d 1 foo.tif
       (Notice that directories are numbered starting at zero.)

       If you have a long image, it may be split in several pages:
              tiff2ps -h11 -w8.5 -H14 -L.5 foo.tif > foo.ps
       The  page  size is set to 8.5x11 by -w and -h options. We will accept a
       small amount of vertical compression,  so  -H  set  to  14.  Any  pages
       between  11 and 14 inches will be fit onto one page.  Pages longer than
       14 inches are cut off at 11 and continued on the next  page.  The  -L.5
       option  says  to  repeat a half inch on the next page (to improve read-

       Because PostScript does not support the notion  of  a  colormap,  8-bit
       palette  images  produce  24-bit  PostScript  images.   This conversion
       results in output that is six times bigger than the original image  and
       which  takes a long time to send to a printer over a serial line.  Mat-
       ters are even worse for 4-, 2-, and 1-bit palette images.

       Does not handle tiled images when generating PostScript Level I output.

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | image/library/libtiff |
       |Stability      | Volatile              |
       pal2rgb(1),   tiffinfo(1),   tiffcp(1),    tiffgt(1),    tiffmedian(1),
       tiff2bw(1), tiffsv(1), libtiff(3)

       Libtiff library home page: http://www.simplesystems.org/libtiff/

       This     software     was    built    from    source    available    at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.   The  original   community
       source         was         downloaded         from         http://down-

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://www.simplesystems.org/libtiff/.

libtiff                        November 2, 2005                     TIFF2PS(1)