Larger Photo Encaustic Image Printing Tips
Unless you have a large format printer, you may be limiting photo transfers to 8 1⁄2 x 11-inch paper. Here are a couple of easy options to print one image across multiple sheets.
Choose the method below that works best for you and then you can piece your image together for a larger photo transfer.
The PDF Way
- Convert your image into a PDF file.
- Open Adobe Reader (the free program)
- Click File → Create → PDF from File
- Search for your image and click Open
- Select File → Print and choose the poster option. This will split the image into multiple pages
- Adjust the Tile Scale to fit the image to the size of your panel
The Excel Spreadsheet Way
In 2013, I Googled “How to print a large image onto multiple pages” and discovered the excel method. I’ve been using this method ever since. If you own a copy of Excel, give it a try. I like the ability to adjust the image size and number of sheets by simply dragging the image corner. If you don’t have Excel, Google Sheets should work.
- Create a new spreadsheet in Excel. (File → New)
- Put the (flipped) image into the first cell A1.
- put your cursor in cell A1
- Insert → Pictures → Picture from File
- Browse your computer for the flipped image file and click insert
- Drag the bottom corner to size the image. Notice in the image below that the inches will actually display as a tooltip as you drag
- The dashed lines tell you where page breaks are
- Your image will print across multiple pages. You can piece them together when doing the transfer
- Wide margins seem to work best
Encaustic Photo Transfer
To do a photo transfer on encaustic you can use the parchment paper method or the regular printer paper transfer method.
If you have something to add, I would like to hear it. Leave a comment below.
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25 thoughts on “How to print a large image onto multiple pages”
You seriously saved my life with this post. Well, ok. Maybe not my life but at least my sanity, and that’s the same, right? In any case, thank you SO much.
+10,000 For PosterRazor !! I just DL’d it and it took me 30 seconds to create a giant poster. It does all the hard work and then saves the multi page image in a pdf for you.
Thank you so much – you’ve just saved me a ton of time 🙂
Thanks so much! I was trying so hard to enlarge photos for painting big and I couldn’t do it without some sort of subscription. I have Excel already and that worked perfectly!!! Never thought of it. Such a time saver!
Excel worked for me. Easy-peasy, thank you very much.
Works in Apple’s Numbers too. Much thanks!
That’s great thanks for letting me know.
Perfect – thank you for sharing.
Can’t find the poster option.
Click Print and then you should see it, Teresa. It is there for me but I have Adobe pro. This link may help you –
This is very useful information and it works.
It isn’t possible to do this with a free version of Adobe Reader. It just prompts you to pay.
You need Adobe Reader 10 or later. 9 or earlier do not offer the tiling option.
Im having a hard time finding a free adobe reader. do you have a link to it? thanks!!
Hi Marah, Here’s a link https://get.adobe.com/reader/
How can we change the number of pages in a PDF way?
You need to adjust the size of the original image. When you click poster, it will fit the number of pages needed for the original image size
Umm, what do you mean by “flipped” regarding the image in the Excell way?? Lol Idk what I’m missing!
By flipping, I mean to create a mirror image. Flip the image horizontally so that when you place it face down to transfer the image it will be the correct way.
Can this be done in Photoshop?
You can create the image in Photoshop, save it as a PDF, then do the PDF print method.
Very useful and clear instructions. What are the main benefits of using Adobe Reader compared to other software for printing large images across multiple pages, like Coragi ImagePrint or PosteRazor (open source)?
I’m not familiar with those programs. Of course, you can use whatever works for you.
Thank you for that never thought to use excel for image printing. I enjoy reading your blogs and it certainly helps me on my journey to creating my encaustic works.
Thank you, very useful info.