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help tiling pdf.

sundown57

Well-known member
#1
ok, so I drew up some plans on a sheet of 30x32 paper. Old school, drawn by hand. then took it to staples and got it scanned to pdf. Now when I try to print tiled on my home printer and click add cut lines it centers the drawing with a huge border around it and goes from 12 pages to 22. Can anyone tell me how I can redraw it so it can be tile printed? Or is there a way to fix the pdf I have? thanks
 

CapnBry

Well-known member
#4
This drives me nuts too. The problem is that cut marks add a little bit extra because instead of being just corners, it makes misshapen plus signs and reduces the printable area to accommodate the outward-facing pieces of that plus sign. The only way around it I've found is to reduce the size of the PDF page that's being poster-ized until it stops overflowing to more pages. I actually went through this this weekend and got so frustrated I installed alternative PDF viewers to try to get a proper tiled print. I found that Foxit Reader seems to have slightly smaller cut marks that allowed me to get my 23x29 plans onto 9 pages instead of the 15 or so that Adobe wanted.

That said I installed them into virtual machines because I am wary of free PDF viewers installing spyware and I can't say with 100% certainty that Foxit is completely clear.

To get around this normally, I just import the PDF into Inkscape and copy out bits into smaller PDFs. This works well with vector drawings, but I don't think it would work with a scanned PDF. I'd be very interested to hear if there's a better way to do this considering I spend a lot of time taping plans together and often end up with parts with non-straight edges due to my poor tile assembly.
 

bracesport

Well-known member
#5
Guys - I take my large print in a 2D programme and put in some A4 grid lines that I wish to tile - then I reduce the document page size to A4 - then I just move the drawing (which is larger than A4) around matching the grid lines and export each one as a PDF - gives you perfect tiles - let me know if you need more explanation?
 

TEAJR66

Flite is good
Mentor
#6
Don't use page cut marks. Before you print poster, use the select tool and frame the plans as tightly as possible. Print selection. Oncce you print, assemble the tiles on a large window, just lining up the ends of each line.
 

mayan

Well-known member
#7
Don't use page cut marks. Before you print poster, use the select tool and frame the plans as tightly as possible. Print selection. Oncce you print, assemble the tiles on a large window, just lining up the ends of each line.
Will try that I also had issue with AR and printing title pages.