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Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer



 
 
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Old January 13th 18, 04:09 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,rec.photo.digital,alt.comp.freeware
Mayayana
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

"Eco Clean" wrote

| Powerpoint is perfect for design. Design isn't the problem.
|
| How do I print to 12x18 scale on multiple sheets of smaller 8.5x11 paper?

So you mean that you're setting out the content
of the whole sign in PP? If it were me I'd convert
the PP to a BMP, then open that in something like
Paint Shop Pro and size it appropriately for printing.
Maybe 100 ppi? Using that as an example, you
would then resize to 1200 x 1800 pixels. Then cut
that up into multiple images. (4 maybe? You can just
select/paste as new image to get the 4 new images.)
Then print each of those and tape them together.
If necessary you could add faint/tiny edge markers
where you split the images, in order to line them up
accurately.

Be sure to spec the printer resolution when printing.
If that turns out to be tricky, IrfanView is probably
the best overall program for printing on Windows.
IV makes it easy to set print size, print area, etc.

Then I guess you'll need to cut out the characters
for spraying? Maybe put it all on a thin piece of
cardboard first, with spray adhesive or rubber cement.

I assume you need to make a lot of these. Otherwise
probably stick on letters from an art store would be
easier.


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Old January 13th 18, 04:15 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,rec.photo.digital,alt.comp.freeware
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

On 13/01/2018 15:50:39, Eco Clean wrote:
- Mayayana wrote:

I just tried it out. A 600pt capital A in verdana
printed about 6" high.


Yes. You are right. It's a math problem. Not a design problem.

Powerpoint is perfect for design. Design isn't the problem.

How do I print to 12x18 scale on multiple sheets of smaller 8.5x11 paper?


Set your page size to custom and enter the size you want.
Word or Publisher will do it if you have one of those.
Or one of these free programs.
http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/...es/106155.aspx
Set your page size to custom and enter the size you want. Printing
large posters on small paper will usually put crop marks on the smaller
pieces of paper so you can align them.

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Old January 13th 18, 04:19 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

On 01/13/2018 09:50 AM, Eco Clean wrote:
- Ed Cryer wrote:

Have you tried any of the online sign-designers? "Design house sign"
under Google gets them. I got mine here;
https://www.designahousesign.com/
Cool! And weathers well.

To get a print of it, I just did a screen-shot.


I should have been more clear.

The problem is _printing_ to a size which is larger than a sheet of paper.

It's a math problem. Not a design problem.

I don't know how to print 12x18 scale to multiple sheets of 8.5x11 paper?
Do you?


Gererate your image for the larger paper size. Then print it and allow
the printer driver to tile it.

For my printer this is called "Poster" in the print dialog. Then tape
the pages together, trimming the overlap.
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Old January 13th 18, 04:34 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,rec.photo.digital,alt.comp.freeware
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

On 1/13/2018 10:50 AM, Eco Clean wrote:
- Sjouke Burry wrote:

Print that as deeply colored(or black) as possible.


My only printer is an old HP laser jet.

The printer isn't the problem because I will cut the letters out.

That makes a stencil.

The problem is how to print to 8.5x11 that scales up to 12x18.


Not sure if this would help but use as 11 x 8.5 instead and print half
on each of two papers. You would only lose 1" width and height giving
0.5" borders.

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Old January 13th 18, 05:12 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,rec.photo.digital,alt.comp.freeware
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

- Mayayana wrote:

So you mean that you're setting out the content
of the whole sign in PP? If it were me I'd convert
the PP to a BMP, then open that in something like
Paint Shop Pro and size it appropriately for printing.


I use PowerPointe to create the sign, and from there, it's trivial to
convert the PowerPointe to anything whatsoever, so the BMP, or GIF, or JPG,
or PDF, or DWX or whatever, isn't a problem at all.

Anyways, I don't have Paint Shop Pro, but I have Irfanview.

Maybe 100 ppi? Using that as an example, you
would then resize to 1200 x 1800 pixels.


That's the kind of math I was seaking!

Then cut
that up into multiple images. (4 maybe? You can just
select/paste as new image to get the 4 new images.)
Then print each of those and tape them together.
If necessary you could add faint/tiny edge markers
where you split the images, in order to line them up
accurately.


Once it prints to multiple pages, the lining up should be just mechanical.

It might actually be best to print directly to sheets of clear plastic (if
that's possible for a laser printer) because I'll be spray painting these
signs but that's just a detail as the SIZE is the question.

Be sure to spec the printer resolution when printing.
If that turns out to be tricky, IrfanView is probably
the best overall program for printing on Windows.
IV makes it easy to set print size, print area, etc.


I have Irfanview. I think the PPI was the part I didn't understand how to
manipulate.

Then I guess you'll need to cut out the characters
for spraying? Maybe put it all on a thin piece of
cardboard first, with spray adhesive or rubber cement.


The plan is to print to 8.5x11 paper and thentape it all together, and then
put thin sheets of clear 8.5x11 plastic sheets taped together underneath,
and then cut out the "stencil" with an Exacto knife and then spray the
signs.

Each sign will be different and customized so they'll only be used once.

I assume you need to make a lot of these. Otherwise
probably stick on letters from an art store would be
easier.


Yes. A few dozen. It's really a joke for an eccentric neighbor's 80th
birthday, where we plan on having someone take her to see a movie while we
erect signs all over her yard based on her oddities.

Her birthday is April 15th so we have time, where, right now, we're just
figuring out what humerous jokes we can play on her.
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Old January 13th 18, 05:36 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

- joe wrote:

Gererate your image for the larger paper size. Then print it and allow
the printer driver to tile it.

For my printer this is called "Poster" in the print dialog. Then tape
the pages together, trimming the overlap.


The margins screw everything up last I tried "tiling".

There's a technique, where maybe the PPI suggestion is what I missed?
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Old January 13th 18, 05:42 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,rec.photo.digital,alt.comp.freeware
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

On Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:50:39 -0800, Eco Clean
wrote:

- Mayayana wrote:

I just tried it out. A 600pt capital A in verdana
printed about 6" high.


Yes. You are right. It's a math problem. Not a design problem.

Powerpoint is perfect for design. Design isn't the problem.

How do I print to 12x18 scale on multiple sheets of smaller 8.5x11 paper?


I've heard excellent things about this program, but I haven't used it
myself. Even if you don't use this one, maybe it'll give you some ideas.

https://www.google.com/search?q=big+...atthias+wandel

I'm posting the Google search results because they include a couple of
Youtube demos in addition to the main link.

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Old January 13th 18, 05:46 PM posted to rec.photo.digital
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

In article , Eco Clean
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The margins screw everything up last I tried "tiling".


not with full bleed.

or better yet, have a print shop do it.
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Old January 13th 18, 05:46 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,rec.photo.digital,alt.comp.freeware
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

In article , Eco Clean
wrote:

How do I print to 12x18 scale on multiple sheets of smaller 8.5x11 paper?


click print and the printer will automatically handle it.

as usual, you make the simplest of tasks a complete cluster****.
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Old January 13th 18, 06:38 PM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10,rec.photo.digital,alt.comp.freeware
Mayayana
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Default Make 12x18" signs at home on 8.5x11" B&W laser printer

"Eco Clean" wrote

| Anyways, I don't have Paint Shop Pro, but I have Irfanview.
|

You should be able to get PSP5 he

http://www.oldversion.com/windows/do...-shop-pro-5-01

I just downloaded and tried starting the installer.
It worked fine. I bought PSP5 for $100 many years
ago. Since then I've bought PSP16. Unfortunately,
the latter is bloated and clunky. Overproduced.
I still use 5 for basic things. The versions online
seem to be perfectly legal. In fact, at one point
Jasc was giving older versions away with things
like routers, before Corel bought them out.

IrfanView is very good and solid but it lacks
one critical thing: A work window where you can
wortk on multiple images , paste layers, have
multiple undo, etc. IV might be able to cut up
the image, but it's worth having PSP or a similar
editor.

BMP is best. JPG loses data. GIF is 256 colors,
so it might dither.

| Maybe 100 ppi? Using that as an example, you
| would then resize to 1200 x 1800 pixels.
|
| That's the kind of math I was seaking!
|

You just have to match it up to the printer. For
instance, a typical photo should be printed at
least 300 dpi. That means to get a 5x7 print you
need 1500x2100 pixels. It doesn't matter what size
the image is and what dpi the printer is set for.
You just need to coordinate the two so that it
will print the size you intend. 300 dpi will give you
nicer edges on letters, but I guess that probably
doesn't matter much.

| The plan is to print to 8.5x11 paper and thentape it all together, and
then
| put thin sheets of clear 8.5x11 plastic sheets taped together underneath,
| and then cut out the "stencil" with an Exacto knife and then spray the
| signs.
|
Makes sense.

| Yes. A few dozen. It's really a joke for an eccentric neighbor's 80th
| birthday, where we plan on having someone take her to see a movie while we
| erect signs all over her yard based on her oddities.
|
You're very generous with your time. How do
you feel about yard work?


 




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