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.

Using Templates

Ortelius delivers with templates for backgrounds, blank standard paper, and several world, regional, and country outline maps. When you first open Ortelius, the Template Chooser is shown by default. Included templates are of varying paper sizes and designs, some of which are sized for poster (tiled) printing or can be shrunk to fit to a single page upon printing.

When you save a drawing created from a standard or custom template, the modifications will not affect the original file. That is, the template itself remains untouched.

To Display (or Hide) the Template Chooser when Launching Ortelius:

  1. Launch Ortelius (first time) or choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Check (or uncheck) ‘Show this window at launch’ to be presented with the template window each time you open Ortelius.
  • Open Ortelius > Preferences… Options in the main menu and check (or uncheck) ‘Show Template Chooser when launching application.’

To Open a New Drawing from Template:

  1. Choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Browse the folders of included templates, or your user templates (if any), and choose a template as desired, or “Cancel” to skip templates.

To Edit Template Files:

  1. Open a new file from template.
  2. Within any given template, drawing objects are placed on different layers to keep objects organized. Click onto a layer to make it active. Use the Select [s] tool and click an object within the active layer to select it. Add or delete objects using the drawing tools to customize.
  3. To edit text, use the Select [s] tool and double-click the text to edit it.

To Create Your Own Templates:

  1. Create a new drawing.
  2. Choose File > Templates… > Save Copy As Template to create your own template (a copy of the file is stored in the Template Chooser under a folder titled ‘My Templates’).

To Manage ‘My Templates’:


To access user-created My Templates files to rename, delete, or back-up your files, they are saved to a special folder.

In Mac OS 10.7 and later:

  1. Choose File > Template > New From Template… from the main menu.
  2. Click to select a template (it will be highlighted in green when selected).
  3. Right-click the selected user template and choose “Reveal In Finder” from the contextual menu.

Alternatively, in Finder hold the OPTION-key down while choosing Go > Library in the main menu. Find the following folder:

Mac OS 10.7 and earlier
~/Library/Application Support/com.mapdiva.ortelius/My Templates, where ~ is your home directory

Mac OS 10.8+
~/Library/Containers/ Support/ Templates