Printing poster size on 8.5×11?

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Allen_W
Apr 30, 2005
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Using Photoshop CS2:

Is there a print option in Photoshop to automatically split an image that’s larger than 8.5×11 inches over a few sheets, so it can be assembled into a larger print? Thanks.

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Dana_Gartenlaub
Apr 30, 2005
You can always do it manually, make the image and then crop out 8.5×11 bits and print them.
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Tim_Horning
Apr 30, 2005
I have used Dana’s method with success, particularly when I used a plugin that draws a grid on a separate layer to use as a cropping guide.

Other than that, the only program I know of that will print a large image like a mosaic, sheet by sheet, to be taped together is — believe it or not — little ol’ MS Paint.
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Patty_Clarke
Apr 30, 2005
Link reference to same topic. Hope it helps.

< http://www.adobeforums.com/cgi-bin/webx?224@@2cd352e7@.3bba0 56d/10>

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Michael_D_Sullivan
Apr 30, 2005
Corel Photopaint does this. too.
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Allen_W
Apr 30, 2005
So you are telling me Photoshop can’t do this with some special option? I have to do it manually?
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Tina_Hayes
Apr 30, 2005
My Photo quality inkjet printers actually give me that option. You might want to check your printers advanced tab.
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NTD
Apr 30, 2005
My printer gives me such options as well. Some printers have poster at 4X4 Sheets and some 5X5 sheets. You can use either 8 1/2X11 or 8 1/2 X14 size page.
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Allen_W
Apr 30, 2005
Is there a common term for this print feature?
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D._Craig_Flory
Apr 30, 2005
I realize you are trying to use your printer. However, have you priced wall size prints at a lab ? A typical 16"X20" wall size is around $15.00 if you ftp it to the lab. And, if you do print it yourself … how were you planning on mounting it ? Mounting would add about $6.00 or so. Again .. I know you were looking for a way to do it yourself but wall sizes have a tendency to want to curl up. And if you spliced it together … it would be even more of a problem. So, my suggestion is to look at a bunch of labs … either local or via the net and ftp service.

Craig Flory
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Allen_W
Apr 30, 2005
Are you saying I can send a large image over the net to be printed, and then have them mail it to me? What is a good service for that?
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John_Slate
May 1, 2005
Is there a common term for this print feature?

Tiling

Try placing in InDesign or QuarkXpress if you have either, and tile from there.

Photoshop does not seem to be able to print tiles
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Allen_W
May 1, 2005
Can Acrobat do tiling?
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Patty_Clarke
May 1, 2005
Allen,

I think it comes down to "form follows function" (my friend Tony, yrbkmgr) taught me that… What is your goal for the finished piece?

Details such as finished printed size you want, how the printed piece will be used etc. Lots of factors will dictate the method.

Here are a couple links for poster printing.

<http://www.bigposters.com>

<http://www.epostershop.com>

<http://www.sobegraphics.com>

Patty
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Gernot_Hoffmann
May 1, 2005
Allen,

as Craig says.
Prepare your image in AdobeRGB(98), resolution 200dpi if photo- like, 300 dpi if with thin lines and text (dpi for the final size). Uncompressed.
Send it on CD to a large format printer (or by ftp if possible). Tiling is wasted time, and mounting the fragments is really not pro- fessional.

Best regards –Gernot Hoffmann
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John_Slate
May 1, 2005
Tiling is wasted time, and mounting the fragments is really not pro- fessional.

Agreed.

Most here seem to be assuming that Allen is using this feature to produce a final product.

I believe he just wants to produce a tiled proof, where splicing the thing together would be acceptable.

Perhaps Allen will indicate his exact goal, perhaps not.
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Allen_W
May 1, 2005
I just want to make a proof so see how large I want the image and how it looks at that size. If I want more professional results, I’d take it to Kinko’s.

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