Norman Silverstone norman at
Thu Jun 30 16:32:11 UTC 2005

On Thu, 2005-06-30 at 11:42 -0400, rubinstein wrote:
> I have almost the same printer as you (a Epson Stylus Photo R200 -
> printing should be exactly the same as the R300, the R300 has afaik
> additional card reader capabilities) and also a digital camera (albeit
> not the best one - a Canon A95)

That is correct but I don't know about the camera.

> I fiddled long enough with paper, ink and printer drivers, but now i
> really have professional looking prints with no border.

That is exactly what I am after.

> I recommend that you learn the GIMP - it will be worth the time. See,
> you will always get the new version at (almost) zero cost. Once you
> know it, you can use it your whole life :-)

I am certainly willing to give it a go and very happy to learn new

> These links will help:
> - main site
> - GIMP documentation
> - Working with Digital Camera
> Photos
> - Tutorials

Thanks for the links I will follow them up.

> In order to print with the GIMP you have to configure it first to use
> the right printer.
> See

> The printer drive coming with Ubuntu is a free software driver -
> unfortunately, for the Epson Stylus Photo R** it is not mature (yet). I
> tried to use it first, but the quality is not the same as in Windows. If
> you fiddle a bit with the colors, it gets better, but unfortunately
> there is no borderless printing option. I think it will get better in
> time though (see 
> But there is a company called turboprint which produces high quality
> printer drivers; you can download a trial version to test it
> ( Yes, it costs money, but in my
> case I think it was worth it. Now I do all my photo printing
> exclusively with Linux. 

> Another note: I tried an other ink than the original Epson ink and read
> a lot of ink reviews - I also tried different papers - believe me, the
> easiest thing to do is to use original supplies. It doesn't matter so
> much if you just print documents and graphics (then you can use other
> and cheaper inks and papers), but photos are another thing.

> If you need more help, just ask.

At last, something to get my teeth into. Thanks again.


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