If you are a student or have fallen into an economic crisis or just don’t want to spend too much money on decorating the walls of your room/house, printing your own posters is one of the cheapest ways to fill large spaces. With a little extra work, you can give it a personal touch by choosing exactly the image you want. And thanks to the Internet, the possibilities are endless.
Find the Perfect Image
The Internet is full of sites with images, although surprisingly they are not so easy to find on high resolution. Luckily, the software we are going to use in the second step won’t require a great resolution to offer satisfactory results on giant posters, and an image of 1000 pixels high or wide will fill 30 sheets of paper, or even more.
If we are looking for an original and interesting photo, there’s Free Vintage Posters, here you’ll find hundreds of old posters ready to download and print! This is a good place to look since it has a huge repertoire. If you don’t have an initial idea you can find highlights in the Main Page.
On the other hand, if you have the theme more or less defined, I recommend looking on the group sections instead of just browsing. It is also great to be able to search by theme to narrow down your results and find exactly what you want.
Another convenient option to find great images is to search Google Images. Google already has a huge catalog, but if we modify the advanced options to look for larger images of a certain size, we will find perfectly valid images.
This option is recommended if we have some idea of what we want, in fact, it is the only way to find a very large photo of almost any subject, or you could do some tricks. And I promise that because of the number of indexed images and the size of the operators, it is the most powerful option.
Slice and Dice
Well, we have our image but… how do we print it? On a plain sheet of paper? That is not a poster!
The only way to get a large poster printed with a normal printer is to slice the original image into pieces in some way. This is how each part is printed on a sheet of paper and then when put together, we multiply the original size.
But you say you’re not a Photoshop Wizard? This is when Rasterbator comes into play, a great piece of software that we can download and run on our machines or use it directly online for faster results without the hassle of installing new software.
The amazing thing about this app is not only that it cuts the image into pieces, but it also enhances the image. This process is the same as with in large posters, and it’s based on generating points with the most consistent colors. Thus, when we meet at a prudent distance, the image will look almost as clear as if it were printed on high quality. In the next part, we’ll finish all the details to finish up your project.