Printing Larger than A4 on Your Printer

painting by B.C.Koekkoek

fig.1 image size 30x40cm

When you want to transfer sketches or photographs to your painting support you may be looking for shortcuts on how to progress. One way is to print the design in just the right size on your home printer in order to trace it rather than employing the grid method.

There you are met with the problem that most printers only offer A4 size sheets to print on.

Fortunately there are a number of different ways of printing larger images on your A4 printer. One method you can use is based on the HP printers settings where you can tell the printer to spread a document over several pages.

Using Printer Settings

First you set the page size in your word or powerpoint document to the size of your painting support. If the painting is to be 30x40cm that will be the page setting to select. Next you copy the image onto this powerpoint page and resize it to fit the page. Now you can press print and go into the printer options selecting print on several pages or spread over several pages. Some printers may use different wording to achieve this.

Next you cut the printed pages to the size of the image and stick the pages together using sellotape or glue. When that is done you can trace the image onto your support and start painting.

fig.2 ADOBE poster print option

Using ADOBE Options

You can also use ADOBE options to print large images on an A4 printer. Open Office allows you to export a file to ADOBE PDF. So you can transfer above example (fig.1) image size 30x40cm to an Open Office presentation document. Then you can generate a file which can be exported to ADOBE PDF.  Next the PDF file can be printed using the poster setting in ADOBE (see fig.2)

As you can see ADOBE spreads the document over 4 pages. Next you proceed as above cutting the image to size and pasting it together.

Cutting the Image to fit A4 Sheets

fig.3 left half

fig.4 right half










If you want to save paper you may want to cut the image before you create the powerpoint or open document presentation file. You can do that by employing picture editing software such as PAINT or whichever one you are familiar with.

The image in fig.1 is already divided in two. That was done by using the scale setting in the picture editing software and employing the marker tool to select one half of the picture. Next this is copied over to an A4 size powerpoint page. Afterwards you select the other half of the image and copy it to a separate A4 size powerpoint page. Fig.3 and 4 give you the results. Each page can now be printed, cut, and pasted to arrive at a full size 30x40cm template which you can use to trace onto your canvas, board, or paper to paint on.

Should you want more information by all means enter a comment below or write to me via my contact page.

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About Pat Harrison

Painting and drawing have been my passion from early childhood. I have attended numerous exhibitions in England and Germany. Presented with several awards for my paintings I now have one of my works on permanent display at a museum in Greater London with growing sales and commissions.
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