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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.

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Printing Your Map

A flexible print dialog offers single page and “poster-tiled” printing.

To Print:

  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.”

HINT: Your drawing canvas can be larger than your actual printer paper size – if it is larger you can either “poster-tile” print your drawing over multiple sheets (default), or “Fit to Single Page” when printing. To make sure your printer is set with the proper paper size and page orientation, choose File > Page Setup… before printing.

Posters! To Tile a Poster Over Multiple Printed Pages:

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, or ‘shrink to fit’ on a single page. If you’re feeling crafty, tiled sheets can be pieced together manually after printing. Choose “Crop Marks” from the print options to show the seams between printed sheets.

For best results, consider your purpose and what size you want during drawing setup.

To Change Printer Page Size and Orientation Settings:

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Choose File > Page Setup… from the main menu to define your printer paper size and page orientation.

To Shrink to Fit to a Single Page for Printing:

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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.

Vector vs. Raster

Vector vs. Raster Drawing

Computer graphics can usually be divided into two distinct categories: vector graphics and raster (or bitmap) images. Artboard is vector-based illustration software for Mac OSX. Find out what the differences are between vector graphics and raster images.

There are instances when working with vector tools and formats is the best practice, and instances when working with raster tools and formats is the best practice. There are times when both formats come together. Understanding the advantages and limitations of each technology and the relationship between them will help you choose the appropriate tools and plan your drawing strategies.

Understanding Vector Art and Raster Graphics

Example showing effect of vector graphics versus raster graphics. The original vector-based illustration is at the left. The upper-right image illustrates magnification of 7x as a vector image. The lower-right image illustrates the same magnification as a bitmap image. (source Wikipedia)

Raster images are based on pixels and thus lose clarity when scaled, while vector-based images can be scaled indefinitely without degrading quality.

Raster images are made up of a grid of dots, or pixels, with each pixel containing color information. Computer displays are made up from grids of small rectangular cells called pixels. The picture is built up from these cells. The smaller and closer the cells are together, the better the quality of the image. When magnified, the pixels are magnified and the image can become grainy, or pixelated.

Vector graphics use points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s) that are mathematically defined to represent images in computer graphics. A vector graphics program uses these mathematical formulae to build the best quality image possible given the screen resolution. Vector graphics are scalable to any size and detail, and the file size of vector data generating the image stays the same. The quality of a vector graphic is limited only by the resolution of the output or display. Read more