Gimp 2.6.6 on Ubuntu 8.04 Linux.  Minimum 2GB of memory.  Used to editing (but 
not printing) images to 200 MB.

I am running into some strangeness that I don't know is a an error in my 
actions, a general workflow problem, or a bug (or feature) in Gimp.

Starting with a (color) JPEG image from a digital camera.  Looks fine on 
but when I try to print it, the printer chokes (which is extremely unusual for 
this printer, but does happen now and then; it is a big Kyocera b/w laser with 
maximum memory and maximum hard drive) -- after several minutes of processing 
still nothing coming out.  OKAY that is NOT the problem -- I can understand 
the image may be too large and/or the color to b/w conversion on the printer is 
not efficient on that printer.

So, I created a new image by doing the following.

Select All in original image.
File, Create, From Clipboard

Creates a new image that looks like the previous.
I change the size (scale) to something more suitable for printing.


When I HOVER OVER AND look in the bottom status bar of the window containing 
newly created image, it says "Pasted Layer" and gives a size in MB, about 20 
  I say to myself "Self, that does not look right".  I do Flatten Image, I do 
Merge Layers, etc.  The "Pasted Layer" text remains, but the size keeps 
increasing in roughly 20 MB jumps.  When I look in the layer dialog, it only 
shows one layer.  However, when I click the eyeball the picture disappears and 
get a gray checkerboard, so there is something more present than just that one 

(I _have_ double-clicked both on and off the image (I had to make the window 
larger first to click off the image) to try to anchor the layer or finalize the 
pasting or whatever you want to call it.  However, if that did anything, it 
increased the above stated MB size.)

When I try to print this (still NOT saved) image, I can't get it to print.  I 
even have trouble getting the print dialog to appear sometimes.  Something is 

So, to get a SaveAs dialog, I start to "Close" the image (I know, that is a 
strange way to do it) and select Save, getting the SaveAs dialog.  I save it to 
.jpg and accept the current defaults.  Thus it is now closed and has an actual 
image name.

I reopen the image.  Now when I HOVER OVER AND look in the bottom status bar of 
the window containing the image, it now says "Background" and has a 3.9 MB size 
(completely reasonable).  Everything is normal.  It prints perfectly fine and 


So, why do I have to save the image to a file...
- before I can print it?
- before the "Pasted Layer" text goes away (and becomes "Background")?
- before the size is stated more reasonably

Is this a problem with my (fairly elderly) printer vs Gimp's native 
while-in-editing file format?

Am I doing something wrong?

It is no big deal to save and close the image to a file and then re-open it in 
order to print.  It is not going to ruin my day.  But, it seems very strange to 
have to do that (and has not been necessary in some other image editing 
I have used), thus my query.

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