Make print bigger when you are in hurry

how to deal with the preparation of the A0 print when we have an A4 / A3 printer at hand?

At Jamatora sometimes are situations when we need a printout in a larger format than what can be obtained from an available printer.

I’m not talking about A4 / A3 because most printers offer these, nor am I talking about continuous paper. Rather, I’m talking about it, when, for example, the plotter refused to obey and we urgently need to print something in a color that is significantly larger than an office printer. What to do then ?

If the quality of the print and the overall appearance of the material is important, then it is best to wait until our devices are operational or decide to give the files to print in the printing house.

If we do not care about the final appearance and accept some disadvantages, then the easiest way will be to prepare a poster and independently connect loose pages.

How to prepare for it?

First, print a document, e.g. a schematic in CorelDraw, to pdf, using the “Publish to PDF” option in the “File” menu.

Publish to PDF

It is best to use individual options that are available in the “PDF Preset Settings” menu.

PDF Preset Settings

After saving the file to .pdf, we open our file using e.g. Adobe Acrobat Pro and prepare the printout using an available physical printer from a USB or network port.

In the print options, select the “Poster” option, set “Tile Scale” and “Cut Marks” as well as the printer profile and get to work!

Print Settings

When we receive the printed pages then part of the work is behind us but now you will have to connect them together.

Before we do it, we still have to trim all the print pages so that after joining them there are no visible gaps. For this purpose, it is best to use a paper cutter or trimmer. It should be remembered to leave about 0.3mm in reserve for possible correction.

When the pages are cut, we can start joining them. This can be achieved, for example, in two simple ways:

  1. connecting with transparent tape;
  2. sticking to a larger format.

When connecting with tape, we glue together the pairs of the nearest pages from the bottom, then we combine larger fragments until all the cards are joined together. Then repeat the connections from the top, paying attention to the accuracy of the pressure. And it’s ready.

First method has the disadvantages of often inaccurately connecting individual parts to each other. In addition, tape connections are visible and the poster thickness is greater in these places.

The second way is to glue our printed sheets to larger sheets of paper glue, e.g. two A4 sheets for A3 etc. etc. It is best if we have the target size, e.g. a worn or unnecessary old sheet, which will serve as the base for gluing.

This method is much more convenient and the end result is definitely more aesthetic. The downside is the need for a larger size base paper.

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