I want to print some iron-ons (like for t-shirts) which requires printing the document in reverse (aka mirror image). Does anyone know a way to do this in Ubuntu 11.10? As far as I know, my printer does not have the function built in.

  • What sort of document are you trying to print? The application you're using might have support for transforming the image itself. – James Henstridge Apr 14 '12 at 2:51
  • 1st off....what kind of printer do you have? – daslinkard Apr 14 '12 at 4:03

That can be easily done from lp/lpr command line: check file:///usr/share/cups/doc-root/help/options.html#MIRROR (available online) on your system.

The -o mirror option flips each page along the vertical axis to produce a mirrored image:

lp -o mirror filename
lpr -o mirror filename

This is typically used when printing on T-shirt transfer media or sometimes on transparencies.

  • To save a step for anyone who finds this, the command is lp -o mirror filename – BenB Dec 14 '17 at 23:14

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