How to Print a Poster Size Picture on a Regular Printer

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Updated November 17, 2022

If you want to learn how to print a poster-size picture on a regular high-quality printer, then you’ve come to the right place. This article teaches you a quick and simple way to get poster-sized prints from the printer sitting next to your desk at home. Keep reading to learn more. However, if you need to print a lot of text documents, you can read about how to print double-sided to save paper and time.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • You can easily print a poster-sized image from home using tiled printing settings.
  • It’s always a good idea to be prepared for your print before you hit the print button.
  • Printing posters from home can take some work, so be prepared to cut, arrange, and glue.

Everything You Need to Know About Poster-Sized Prints at Home

Printing poster-sized images isn’t always the most affordable, especially when you factor in the cost of professional printing services or invest in a large printer or printer that specializes in certain materials, like a card stock printer. However, you can avoid the print shop altogether and print posters at home, if you have the time and supplies on hand. Another cost-saving hack is printing black and white without color ink, but only on select printers, and there is a risk of damaging your printer.

Steps

Follow these steps to print a poster-sized image at home:

STEP 1 Prepare Your Printing Supplies

Before starting a large print job, you’ll want to ensure you have all the appropriate supplies. Nothing is worse than a print job stopping halfway through because you ran out of ink. Take a quick inventory of what you have on hand and make a trip to the supermarket to restock your paper or ink supply if necessary.

STEP 2Find and Download the Proper Software

While most operating systems offer very robust printing functionality, they also tend to lack the one feature required to print posters at home: tiled printing. Some of the best programs to offer this feature include Adobe Acrobat Reader and a website called the Rasterbator. Both of these programs are free to use.

STEP 3 Enable Tiled Printing

After setting up a program with tiled printing, it’s time to get started with the print job. Upload the image you want to use, and then initiate the print. If you’re using the Rasterbator, the interface will walk you through every step. If you’re using a program like Adobe Acrobat, you’ll find tiled printing options under the Page Scaling menu. Select the paper dimensions for the paper you’re using and the number of tiles you want to print. We always recommend double-checking your settings to ensure everything is set up in the desired manner before pressing the print button.

STEP 4 Print Your Pictures

Now that your settings are all configured properly, you simply need to hit the print button and watch your printer do the work. However, if you need copies of the poster-size pictures, you can set your printer to create photocopies instead of printing them again.

Or, if you need to print a different type of document, you can read our article on how to create a tabloid paper size. In addition, pick up printers that print 11×17, so your tabloid paper prints come out perfectly.

STEP 5 Arrange Your Pictures

After all the pictures have been printed, it’s up to you to arrange them in the proper format. If you’re planning on hanging the poster up, we recommend arranging the tiled images on your poster board to make the gluing or taping easier.

STEP 6Glue or Tape Your Poster to a Poster Board

Now that your poster is arranged in the correct manner, you can get to work securing the papers in place. Use glue or tape on the back of the papers and then press them firmly onto the poster board. Let the glue dry for a while before hanging your poster, or you risk losing individual papers to gravity.

F.A.Q.S

How do I print a poster on multiple pages?

Use a free program like Adobe Acrobat Reader or the Rasterbator, upload your image, and then select the poster option. The software will create tiled images for you, which you can then print out, cut, and tape or glue together.


Can you print your own movie posters?

As long as you are using the movie poster for your own personal use, then printing your own poster should be fine. However, if you’re printing the poster to sell or use in a commercial setting, then it could be considered copyright infringement.


Can you print an image on multiple pages using Microsoft Paint?

Yes, Microsoft Paint does allow you to print a tiled image. When you print the picture, simply select how many sheets to use in the “Fit To” section of the print settings.



STAT: Posters are incredibly effective at increasing knowledge, changing attitudes, and altering behaviors in people who read them. (source)

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