Thursday, March 1, 2012

Photoshop: Page Tiling

If your printer doesn't have an option installed with the driver to print a large image in smaller sections (tiling to create the large image), you can use this technique in Photoshop. Since the average printer handles 8.5" x 11" paper the below example is based off of that measurement.

1. Open image in Photoshop. 
2. Click the Rectangular Marque Tool.
3. On the drop down menu at the top change "Normal" to "Fixed Size"

4. Input your width & height values followed by the unit of measure (in, cm, px).

5. Click anywhere in your image with the rectangular marque tool. The size of the selection will correspond to the numeric values you entered in step 4.

6. It will help to add some guides to line everything up. Make sure your rulers are turned on (CMND + R) and that snapping is turned on (CMND + SHFT + ;). Click and drag out from a ruler to create a guide. Line up with the edge of your selection.

7. The guides do not print but let you know where one tiled piece should meet the next. Still on the rectangular marque, make your selection and move it until it snaps into the quadrant you want to print. Click Image > Crop.

8. The cropped tile will now appear on it's own. You can either Save As if you want to save your individual tiles for later or you can click Print if you are ready to print the tile. 

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