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Title: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: ImBatman on October 17, 2012, 04:08:17 PM
Hi all

C. Bodine asked me to create a post of how to export a Photoshop image to PDF to allow tiling (which Photoshop doesn't directly allow easily)

I use Photoshop from CS5, which is version 12.0. Also, I have Acrobat Reader X installed. This is important (I think) because apparently only the later versions of the reader allow for this tiling.

Assuming you have an image ready to save as PDF in Photoshop:

1. Choose File > Save As
2. In the Format dropdown box, choose "Photoshop PDF (*.PDF, *.PDP)"
3. On the Save Adobe PDF dialog, in the Compatibility: dropdown box, chose Acrobat 9 (PDF 1.8) 3. Choose Save PDF from the resulting box (you may have to bypass another dialog or not, depending on some of your previous settings
4. Then click the Save PDF (if you get a confirmation, just OK/Yes it)

(the next set of steps will work with any oversized PDF, not just ones created above. Say if you grab a biggie from  elsewhere.)
5. Open Acrobat Reader X
6. Choose File > Open and select the PDF from where ever you saved it.
7. Chose File Print
8. On the Print dialog click the "Poster" button uner the "Page Sizing & Handling" section.
9. Click the "Cut Marks" tick box just under that if it isn't already ticked. Then click Print.

After printing the best thing is to remove only enough of the edges to allow some overlapping to tape it together. You cut at the little cut mark +'s at the corners.

Here's an example I did as a demo.

Two full sheets:
Pre cutting to assemble
Pre cutting to assemble

Taped after only cutting one edge at cut mark on one page, leaving an overlap.
Post cutting & taping
Post cutting & taping


I know this has been asked many times, so I hope this is of some assistance.

Batman.
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: C.Bodine on October 17, 2012, 05:43:21 PM
 :clap:  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Haven't tried it yet, Batman, but thank you for the very detailed lesson!!! I will try it tomorrow! Great step by step!!!! :thankyou:  :thankyou:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Bhavna on October 17, 2012, 06:28:22 PM
I tried picasa's create poster option for printing as tiles. It is very easy just install Picasa (you can download it for http://picasa.google.com (http://picasa.google.com)) then add the image in picasa.

- Click the Create menu.
- Select Make a Poster.
- Select the poster size and the paper size. Keep these tips in mind:
A larger poster size requires you to print more pages.
The 'Overlap tiles' option will cause the image on each sheet to slightly overlap, making it easier to line them up and attach them later.
-Click the OK button.
 or you can follow this link - http://support.google.com/picasa/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=19534 (http://support.google.com/picasa/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=19534)

Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Rkymtnmary on October 17, 2012, 06:48:02 PM
Wow, Batman and Bhavna -

I think even I might be able to follow these instructions though Picasa looks more like something I can handle.  How generous of you both...Thank you very much.
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Northbound on October 17, 2012, 08:00:32 PM
Please forgive my ignorance but what is the purpose of doing this?  Afraid I don't understand and would like to!   :uglystupid2:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: C.Bodine on October 17, 2012, 08:15:49 PM
For enlarging photos to transfer to canvas.
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: ImBatman on October 17, 2012, 09:07:59 PM
Northbound

Allows you to take an image (maybe from photo) and transfer to a larger canvas without using the grid method. ie by Shading the back, tiling the pages on larger canvas and retracing.

For those who are a little less than advanced drawers.

Batman.
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Northbound on October 18, 2012, 05:05:36 AM
Ohhh!  I feel stupid!  Thanks for explaining!   :thankyou:  :blush:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: C.Bodine on October 18, 2012, 05:11:21 AM
 Faith,     :nono:  The "S" word isn't allowed on PB!!!  Never feel stupid about not having an understanding of something or asking a question! We all have moments where we need clarification on something! :)
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Lillian on October 18, 2012, 05:17:19 AM
Thanks for the helps and the links my dear Paintbasket friends. 

I have bookmarked this page!

I have Picasa, so will definitely give this a try,   ------ well, when I get time.   :)
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: valweb on October 18, 2012, 06:52:08 AM
 :thankyou: for explaining how to do this in such detail.   :1hug:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Rkymtnmary on October 18, 2012, 07:04:34 AM
Batman or anyone else who might be able to answer this question for me?

I found it's one thing to copy a photo I've done from my own files into Paint - (I have Microsoft 7) but when it comes to the templates that I get through adobe, I can't isolate the page if I'm using the pdf template which would make me have to print the entire document enlarged  rather than the single page I need.  The watercolor ones that come as a 3 page document also don't give me the ability to copy one page and move to a program...I can print, yes, but can't copy.  And even at that, I can't enlarge them even when I hit "fit to page" because they come out exactly as I see them on the screen and I can't copy into any other program to enlarge it anyway.  I hope that makes sense.  I've gotten away with sometimes being able to draw out the edges of the template freehand but I haven't been able to do the last several watercolor classes because the templates as printed are too small and I'd have to be using size 0 brushes.  It's been a very frustrating problem for me because I honestly don't have time to works with grids.  I hope I'm communicating my problem accurately...this is a real impediment for me. 
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: ncwren on October 18, 2012, 07:24:48 AM
I'm not sure what's not working for you Mary-I have window's 7 as well.  :confused:

My printer has page scaling-what kind of printer are you using?
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Rkymtnmary on October 18, 2012, 07:34:13 AM
I'm not sure what's not working for you Mary-I have window's 7 as well.  :confused:

My printer has page scaling-what kind of printer are you using?


Thanks, Natalie...I'm using an HP 6700...I've never seen any kinds of capabilities like we're talking about...but I've never tried to approach it using the preference options in that software.  I'll check it though...that would certainly make life easier.  Thanks for trying to help. :)
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Rkymtnmary on October 18, 2012, 08:57:59 AM
Alert the media!!!  I did it!  I used the Picasa program and produced a tiled pic...I'm stunned...I can't tell you how much this means to me!  THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!  :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Bhavna on October 18, 2012, 09:51:43 AM
You're welcome Mary....that's what I like about PD everyone is here to help each other… :)
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Rkymtnmary on October 18, 2012, 10:02:20 AM
You're welcome Mary....that's what I like about PD everyone is here to help each other… :)


 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: Bhavna!
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Val on October 18, 2012, 05:14:00 PM
 ??? Aw nuts in a fruitcake! If you have succeeded Mary, I guess I'll have to give it a go. Some people are just too smart for MY own good.... mumble, mumble.
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: nolan on October 24, 2012, 01:22:40 PM
awesome tut  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Leana on October 25, 2012, 08:12:59 AM
Batman...you the man   :D ...

I saw this post, thought I will bookmark it for future reference...just in case I might need it  :whistle:.  Oh man, am I glad I did that  ^-^!!! Got a commission yesterday... I first tried on my own...no success...then remembered about this tutorial here... I have Photoshop Elements 9.  Your explanation, step by step...simply perfect!... I did that, saved it...will do the printing tomorrow... You seriously deserve a star for explaining it in such detail.   :thankyou:  :thankyou:  :thankyou:  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: nolan on October 26, 2012, 01:40:20 PM
I have pinned this hint so it will stay at the top and be easy to find  O0
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: ImBatman on November 06, 2012, 06:31:27 AM
 Rkymtnmaryin Reply #11 on: October 18, 2012, 05:04:34 PM »

You said about being unable to copy the pics from the PDF to manipulate to larger sizes.

There's a few ways:

1. Now remember, it is best to have the latest Adobe reader for the stuff I say, as I don't know if it works in earlier versions. Click on Edit on the menu, then half way down there is an entry "Take a Snapshot". Make sure you have the tickbox on or turn it on if you don't. Then any time you need an image, zoom out to fit the full  page. Finally, just click somewhere in the image and it is copied to the clipboard. Then you can paste it to your image editor and resize to your heart's content to use in the tutorials.

2. To just get the image without the borders etc. Click the little Highlight Text button on the toolbar. It has a T in it and a little pencil. The trick with this is that turns of the snapshot tool. Next right click on the image in question and click Select Tool. Then left click the image - that turns it blue. Right click that blue area and Click Copy Image and again go from there.

3. Download one of the other free PDF readers (you can do the research on that one) some of them have this stuff built in that makes it a bit easier.

Hope that assists.

Batman.
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: NHC50 on November 06, 2012, 07:49:59 AM
Batman, Ok found the take a snapshot. But where in the world is a tickbox?  :2funny: :2funny:
Nina :flowers:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Rkymtnmary on November 06, 2012, 08:47:52 AM
Batman!!!


Your instructions are amazing because I got it to work!!! This is huge for me because though I've been using picassa and the poster option for tiling, in order for me to even do so, I've had to take a pic of the template just to get it into picassa...and then, it comes out a little bigger than I want for watercolors...great for the oils but with the watercolors, all I wanted to be able to do was to make it fit into an 8-1/2 x 11 paper...I don't know what A4 paper is nor do I know its size but if different from my size paper, that could be what's giving me the problem...and this solves it!  I can't believe you'd made sense of my "problems!"   :thankyou: :thankyou: :thankyou:  and  :flowers:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: ImBatman on November 06, 2012, 01:30:35 PM
Nina, you just click "Take a Snapshot" and it turns a tick on to the left. Next time you drop down the menu it is automatically there.

Batman.
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: ImBatman on November 06, 2012, 01:46:26 PM
Rkmtnmary,

A3 paper is 297mm * 210mm.
Your 11 * 81/2 inch paper would translate as roughly 279mm * 216mm.

What it means is that I (because I live in Australia) work on ISO paper sizing, in this case A4, and yours is the American Letter size.

Don't worry, I have to modify the sizing of Dennis's instructions because he uses 12” x 16” (305 x 406mm) vs the standard A3 here which is 297mm * 420mm.

In order to to the exercises easily for myself, I just used the cardboard backing from an old A3 pad, and cut out a hole in the middle that gives me exactly an A4 border each time. Then I just lay it on a new sheet of paper and draw around the inside. The result is a super quick A4 bounding border exactly, every time.

Then I just copy the image from the PDF and adjust as necessary in Photoshop to get it to exactly A4 dimensions with a little cropping and imaging resizing and the whole process just becomes simple.

Batman.
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: inkyminx on February 19, 2013, 12:39:46 AM
is it pretty much the same for gimp users then.. as ive have been kicking about the idea of bigger canvases.. :angel:
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: Sherri on June 29, 2014, 01:24:14 PM
Thanks Nolan for sending me to this post!!!!  Batman the instructions were great.  This also works in PhotoImpact Draw.  Took me a few minutes to figure out but found it!!!!  Also, downloaded Picasa.  Boy this is wonderful.

Sherri
Title: Re: Photoshop -> PDF to allow tiling to larger canvases
Post by: BeaSue on March 19, 2015, 06:45:18 AM
I have been using the free program called Poster It! Work pretty well for me. What I usually do is to save a B&W copy of the photo as a jpeg in my Windows picture file of reference photos. Then I just upload it into Poster It!, adjust the size for what I need (they have a print preview function) and print it out.