Open Source Publishing – Graphic Design Caravan

Page tiling with poster

Tools · November 6th, 2007 ·

Virginie and Laurence checking the V/J10 program in real size.

Poster is an excellent tool to print .eps or .ps documents in tiles. You can adjust the final size of the file, the amount of overlap, size of the media you print on, work from a percentage (‘enlarge 500%’) etc. Install poster through Synaptic package manager (Debian / Ubuntu) or download here.

To print an A2 file on A4 sheets, you need to type this line in your terminal (all in one line):

$ poster -ma4 -ia2 -pa2 -v /home/yourfolder/file.eps > /home/yourfolder/tiles.eps

Poster will than produce a 9 page .eps document on A4 size with crop marks and cutting marks.

Only downside is that the resulting file is very large; in fact 9 times as large as the original file.

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