Learn How to Print Your Own Posters – Part 2

In the previous part we learned a couple of things, like; where to find the perfect image and what software to use in order to achieve the best results, so let’s keep it up, wrap up the app subject and continue to the last steps into making our project a tangible reality.

Rasterbator (Extenssion)

There’s much more to say about this tool. So, you open the image, select what you want to do and on the next page we can decide if we want the photo to be in black and white, in a specific color or in several colors. Depending on the ink we want to spend and the type of poster, we will click the appropriate option. Now we just have to wait for it to generate the PDF file with the images.

If the original image has a good or even high quality, the most likely thing to happen is that the final process will show you a lower final quality than you imagine, but worry not, the end result will astonish not only you but everybody who gazes your work.

Another Option?

Well, another alternative to Rasterbator is PosteRazor. PosteRazor is a similar program that also cuts the image into several parts but doesn’t render them. That is, the final file will have all the colors that are in the image. If the source material is not very good, the image will be pixelated. The good news is that it is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Print, Paste and Enjoy

Now the time to get our hands into work has come. Being the most “analog” part of our little big project, it will be (probably) the one that printer manufacturers like the most: lots of ink being spent with their products.

Be careful with your printer settings so that don’t end up printing on both sides of the papers and try not to increase the margin to the sides or resizing the content. Leaving the edges on plain white or cutting those out, is a matter of taste and laziness.

At least make sure you cut the ones on the inner sides, so the final image looks more integrated and not with those borders. And as you take the pages out of the printer, the pro tip given here is to number the pages, so you don’t get lost, confused and end up damaging the final result.

To stick or paste the sheets of paper to the wall you can use any adhesive or glue you want: Scotch Tape, thumbtacks or, if you want to make it look more professional, go to your local bookstore and buy a Blu-Tack package, You know, that blue mastic that leaves no marks on the walls.

Before starting the wall gluing thing, you must decide if you want to glue each sheet separately, or if you want to glue the pages together first (for instance, with zeal or a glue stick) and then stick all together to the wall. You might need to give two or three steps back to be able to look at the whole thing, but it’s going to look absolutely amazing