poster tile print vector drawings in Artboard

How to Tile Large Drawings for Poster Printing in Artboard

Poster print tiling comes in handy if you need to make a poster-sized proof, print, or any other over-sized output. Rather than taking the file to a printing company or service bureau, you can tile-print the drawing over multiple sheets of paper on your desktop at-home printer.

Tutorial Details

Program : Artboard for Mac OS X
Difficulty: Beginner
Topics Covered: Printing
Estimated Completion Time: Quick

Printed drawings come in all shapes and sizes, but you are limited by the size of paper in your printer. Drawings can be larger or smaller than the physical paper size that you have in your printer. If the drawing is larger, your drawing is automatically tiled over multiple printed sheets enabling you to print large posters. Tiled sheets can be pieced together manually after printing. Choose “Crop Marks” from the print options to show the seams between printed sheets.

To Tile Print:

tile print drawings in Artboard
  1. Choose File > Print to open the print dialog.
  2. Click Show Details to reveal the print options, including “Fit to Single Page,” “Graph Paper,” and “Crop Marks.”
  3. Uncheck  ‘Fit to Single Page’ in the application print options.

To Shrink To Fit:

shrink to fit drawings in Artboard

When tiling a large drawing isn’t desired, you can change settings so a drawing will shrink to fit on a single page. Printing options include a simple checkbox for scaling the entire drawing to a single page.

  1. Choose File > Print… from the main menu.
  2. Check ‘Fit to Single Page’ in the application print options.

When fitting to a single page, all objects including text will be shrunk to fit.