img-ps - Man Page

Img, Adobe PostScript Format (ps)


package require Tk

package require img::ps  ?1.4?

image create photo ?name? ?options?


package require img::ps.

Like all packages of Img it does not provide new commands, but extends the existing Tk command image so that it supports files containing raster images in the Adobe PostScript Format (ps). More specifically img::ps extends Tk's photo image type.

The name of the new format handler is ps. This handler provides new additional configuration options. See section PostScript OPTIONS for more detailed explanations.

Note that this package provides a pdf handler too, i.e. a handler for the Adobe Portable Document Format. That handler accepts the same options as the ps handler.

The package delegates the actual conversion of data in PostScript and PDF format into a raster image to the ghostscript application. It therefore depends upon the presence of said application and is non-functional if ghostscript is not present.

All of the above means that in a call like

image create photo ?name? ?options?

Image data in ps and PDF format (options -data and -file) is detected automatically.


The format names ps and pdf are recognized by the option -format. In addition the value for the option is treated as list and may contain any of the special options listed in section PostScript OPTIONS.


This format handler must be loaded explicitly with package require img::ps.

Postscript Options

The handler is not able to write images in PostScript or PDF. The handler provides the following options:

-index n

This option is for reading from PostScript/PDF data containing more than one page. When specified it will read the n'th page in the data. The first page is at index 0 and will be read by default, i.e. when the option is not specified.

Note: This option is not yet implemented.

-zoom X Y

Multiply image size by the given scale factors. If Y is missing, the default is the same as X. X and Y are allowed to be in floating point format, but they are rounded to the nearest practically possible value. For postscript this means the zoom factors should be multiples of 1/72.


The code provided by Img does not perform the interpretation and rasterizing of the input by itself but delegates this to the gs application. This is the GhostScript implementation of PostScript (and PDF).

If gs is not installed this format handler cannot be used.

See Also

img-bmp, img-dted, img-flir, img-gif, img-ico, img-intro, img-jpeg, img-pcx, img-pixmap, img-png, img-ppm, img-ps, img-raw, img-sgi, img-sun, img-tga, img-tiff, img-window, img-xbm, img-xpm


ghostscript, gs, image handling, pdf, postscript, ps, tk


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