Creating a Double-Sided Page on GIMP

By Kathryn Hatashita-Lee

Not all printers support double-sided printing.
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You can use the GNU Image Manipulation Program, or GIMP, to tweak your image file and print your image on one side of a page. If you want to create a promotional brochure on a double-sided page, for example, you simply reinsert the printout into your printer and then print the second image file on the blank side. Working with your office printer's paper tray or manual feed will save you the cost charged by a commercial printer. Your expanding business network will have your printed communications in hand for their review.

Launch GIMP, click “File,” and then click “Open.”

Navigate to the image file and double-click on it to open the image window.

Edit the image with GIMP's integrated tools and menu options. For example, click the “Tools” menu, click the “Crop” icon, then click and drag on the image to frame the content you want to retain. Press “Enter.” Other options will help you scale the image to the sheet’s dimensions and enhance the contrast levels for a pleasing look.

Click “File” and then click “Save As.” Save this image with a new filename. Click “Save.”

Press “Ctrl-P” to open the Print application. Click to select the printer.

Click “Preferences” and then select options on the "Page Setup," "Image Settings" and other tabs. For example, to adjust the orientation, click “Page Setup" and then click the radio button for “Portrait” or “Landscape.”

Click "Print Preview" to see the image. Click “Print” to produce one page with one image.

Create a second image file and save. Press “Ctrl-P” to open the Print application again. Click to select the preferred options.

Feed the same printout into your printer’s manual feed or multi-purpose tray. Make sure that the blank side faces the correct way for your printer. Some printer models require you to slide the paper far enough into the machine so that it feeds smoothly. Click “Print” to create a double-sided printout.

Items you will need

  • Printer

  • Standard paper


Make test prints to ensure that the blank side of the sheet faces the correct way during manual feed.


Information in this article applies to GIMP 2.8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.