tiff2ps - convert a TIFF image to PostScript


   tiff2ps [ options ] input.tif ...


   tiff2ps  reads  TIFF  images  and  writes  PostScript  or  Encapsulated
   PostScript (EPS) on the standard output.  By  default,  tiff2ps  writes
   Encapsulated 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;
   overriding 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
          number.   (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
          single  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

   -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

   -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
          suppresses 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
          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


   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.
   Matters are even worse for 4-, 2-, and 1-bit palette images.

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


   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/


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