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Title: Composing a large painting
Post by: voodoolady on July 11, 2014, 03:16:59 AM
This may have been answered but my search didn't find it.


When we did the strawberries it was over 3 pages which we then cut and taped to be larger than one printer page (it was a pdf file)  I have several photos I would like to paint but I want them bigger than one page ie.  Say I do a canvas that is 18 inches I want it to print it as if the paper was 18 inches long not 14inch (actual)

What program or how would you set up the printer to do that.  I can't work it out without losing something on the edges.

If there is a class or a forum post please point me in the right direction :)

 :thankyou:
Title: Re: Composing a large painting
Post by: scouserl41 on July 11, 2014, 04:25:07 AM
You can always go to a copy shop and get them to print it 11 x 17. Crop the picture carefully to get the subject as big as you can within the 17" paper.
Or crop the picture in half and save it as a new file, then crop the picture with the other half and save that. Print the 2 halves on 81/2 x 11 paper and tape them together, play around to get the size right.
I'm lucky I have an 11 x 17 printer!
Brian
Title: Re: Composing a large painting
Post by: voodoolady on July 11, 2014, 04:42:45 AM
You can always go to a copy shop and get them to print it 11 x 17. Crop the picture carefully to get the subject as big as you can within the 17" paper.
Or crop the picture in half and save it as a new file, then crop the picture with the other half and save that. Print the 2 halves on 81/2 x 11 paper and tape them together, play around to get the size right.
I'm lucky I have an 11 x 17 printer!
Brian

Yes you are very lucky!  I'm about 200kms from the closest copy shop so that's not an option :(  I know Nolan did something and put it as a PDF file.....not sure if what he did was the same as you are suggesting. Sounds like that might work but my painting is about a metre wide so it's gonna take a while with A4  :2funny:

Either way wish me  :gl:
Title: Re: Composing a large painting
Post by: musika on July 11, 2014, 10:30:48 AM
I use a program called Poster it! to prepare photos for printing on multiple sheets.
http://greatis.com/utilities/posterit/ (http://greatis.com/utilities/posterit/)

It's Windows only.
First I use a photo program to size the image to the correct dimensions then I save that image and open it in Poster it!
Title: Re: Composing a large painting
Post by: voodoolady on July 11, 2014, 11:21:25 AM
I use a program called Poster it! to prepare photos for printing on multiple sheets.
[url]http://greatis.com/utilities/posterit/[/url] ([url]http://greatis.com/utilities/posterit/[/url])

It's Windows only.
First I use a photo program to size the image to the correct dimensions then I save that image and open it in Poster it!


Thanks Ray that is exactly what I am looking for!  Now I can do my cowboy on a horse! :)
Title: Re: Composing a large painting
Post by: scouserl41 on July 11, 2014, 01:42:49 PM
Don't forget the grid method for enlarging pictures.
Brian
Title: Re: Composing a large painting
Post by: voodoolady on July 12, 2014, 01:36:02 AM
Don't forget the grid method for enlarging pictures.
Brian

 :2funny: Thanks Brian.....I got taught the pinch method LOL......pinch photo eg.....window is 6 pinches up the photo so it's 6 pinches (based on ratio) up the canvas......it works quite well....Just the one really want to paint it quite intricate so I want to transfer it over so I've got all the marks in the right places....plus work out WHERE I think it will suit on the total canvas.
Title: Re: Composing a large painting
Post by: doina on July 17, 2014, 04:55:30 PM
 :thankyou: Thanks Ray for sharing :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Composing a large painting
Post by: musika on July 17, 2014, 07:22:16 PM
No problem, Doina.
I posted about it about 9 months ago in the thread:

Oil Painting General Chat »Question:  Using photoimpact to enlarge edited photo ?

but time moves on and new members ask new questions.