How print Large Canvas Size Image to multiple 8.5x11 sheets of paper??

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by bolderado02, Sep 24, 2003.

  1. bolderado02

    bolderado02 Guest

    I normally use traditional media for my art work (e.g. paint and
    canvas etc). I would like to use PS as a mockup tool for some larger
    than letter size canvas oriented projects. For instance, I can scan
    or trace an image using my tablet into a PS image that is equivalent
    to the size of the real life canvas. Then I would like to work on
    this in PS and then output my work to a printer. The eventual goal
    would be to use transfer paper to trace the images back to the canvas.
    I hope you follow that.

    The problem is this. Although it is easy to shrink the canvas sized
    image down so that it all fits on one letter size page, that defeats
    the purpose of what I want to do. I'd like to be able to print the
    actual size on mulitple sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper, line/arrange them in
    the order they need to be to recreate the life size image and then
    possibly tape them together. The net result would be a output on
    multiple sheets to recreate the actual image size.

    FYI, I can't afford an expensive printer that could handle a poster
    sized piece of paper, otherwise I wouldn't be trying to use the
    approach i suggest here.

    I can't find anyway to do this.. Is it possible or do I need another
    piece of software etc.

    thanks in advance
    bolderado02, Sep 24, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Make your Photoshop "canvas" the size of your real canvas at as low a dpi as
    you can go and still expect to get the results you need from your printer.
    Test by making a couple line drawings and use the minimum where your lines
    don't give you problems when printed .
    When you have settled on your final image divide it into 8x10 inch
    rectangles. If your printer can put borders on files do a 1 or 2 pixel
    border on each resulting file to make lining everything up easier. You can
    also make a border within Photoshop if your printer does not have the
    Print and assemble.
    This is how I make posters bigger than my printer can print.

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    Tony Spadaro, Sep 24, 2003
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    Warren Sarle Guest

    First check your printer software. Many Epson printers can do
    this automatically if you click on "Poster" in the layout tab.

    If that won't work, in Photoshop choose the Slice Select tool
    (not the Slice tool), click anywhere in the image, then click
    on "Divide Slice" in the options bar. The dialog box will let
    you specify how big you want the slices to be, both vertically
    and horizontally. You can save each slice as a separate file
    using Save For Web.

    Assembling the pages will be much easier if you use a printer
    that supports borderless printing.
    Warren Sarle, Sep 24, 2003
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    wally Guest

    DIsagree here, seems most "borderless" printers blow up the image
    a few percent when printing borderless insuring the slices won't
    line up right :-(

    You'll need to print dimensionally accurate prints and do
    precision paper trimming to make things line up.

    wally, Sep 24, 2003
  5. CorelDraw/Photopaint can print tiled pages, even the older versions. Version
    8 can be bought for $29.00, try a Google search.

    Bruce Johnstone


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    Bruce Johnstone, Sep 27, 2003
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