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pbmpage – create a one page test pattern for printing


pbmpage [-a4] test_pattern


pbmpage generates a one page test pattern to print on a sheet of paper,
for use in calibrating a printer. The test pattern in is PBM format.

pbmpage produces an image intended for 600 dots per inch printer reso‐

If you are printing on an HP PPA printer, you can convert the output of
this program to a stream that you can feed to the printer with pbm‐

Bear in mind that when you print the test pattern, you are testing not
only the printer, but any converter or driver software along the print‐
ing path. Any one of these components may adjust margins, crop the
image, erase edges, and such.

If, due to addition of margins, the printer refuses to print the image
because it is too big, use pnmcut to cut the right and bottom edges off
the test pattern until it is small enough to print.

test_pattern is the number of the test pattern to generate, as follows.
The default is 1.

1 A grid ruled in numbers of pixels. The outermost rules are
exactly at the edges of the paper.

2 A vertical line segment, one pixel wide, extending 1/2″ up from
the exact center of the page.

3 Two diagonal line segments, one starting at the upper left cor‐
ner of the page, the other starting from the lower left corner
of the page. Both extend 1/2″ toward the center of the page at
45 degrees.


-a4 Generate an image for A4 (European) paper. Without this option,
pbmpage generates an image for US standard paper (8 1/2″ wide x
11″ high).


pbmtoppa, pnmcut, pbm(5)


Tim Norman. Copyright (C) 1998. Licensed under GNU Public License

Manual page by Bryan Henderson, May 2000.

01 May 2000 pbmpage

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