Big printing question, please help.

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  1. Adam944

    Adam944 TPF Noob!

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    I want to print large images, like wall size, on seperate sheets of paper, which I would then attach together. Each sheet would have a seperate piece of the picture, and then I would put them all together to make up the one big complete image. Kind of like a puzzle. How can I do this? I have Adobe and Arcsoft and can get whatever software I need and an HP 1200 series printer.

    # = one part of the image, one piece of 8 x 11 paper

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    ###### = the whole image, pieces attached

    Thank you very much.
     
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    wow, thats a really cool idea. If some one can help yah out i'm gonna give that a try to! I would think you would just take each piece out of the full image and then print each of those off... if thats what you wanna do.. I think i'll wait for some one else to explain it. :lol:
     
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    i saw a software for that on ebay one late night of browsing .. i'll see if i can find it again :D
     
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    Well you could always plot it out in photoshop using guides. Then copy each cell and create a new document. Paste the contents and resize the image to A4 size. Obviously you are going to lose resolution unless you're scanning a large format image.

    Then print each of them and put them together.
     
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    Well, I know how to do this in the darkroom but doing it in Pshop or some similar program is going to loose detail and/or become pixelated unless the original was high enough resolution. This is an interesting idea please keep us updated. If anyone wants to know how its done in the dark room give me a shout.
    cheers and new years.
     
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    Definately. I'm sure I could figure out a way by crunching #'s... but it'd be nice if you could explain it :D
     
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    Good Lord Voodoo, Im not gonna explain anything to you. You're ten times the photographer I am. :shock: I was just going to give the basic equasions to any first time darkroomers that wanted how I have done it. Nothing I could tell you thats new. :)
     
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    Dew- that software on Ebay is exactly where I first got the idea, but I was trying to find some other way of doing it, thinking it would be something I already have and just didn't realize I could do with my Adobe etc. software. This is the item:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2974652548&category=1467

    It is called Xtreme Picture Companion Pro 6.0 by BCH Media. Is anyone familiar with this software or company? I cannot find any reviews of this product- the only stuff I can find about it is on Ebay (user feedback) which I can't access because I'm not a member and will have my friend use his account if I do decide to purchase it. It just kind of worries me that it's such a strong sales pitch and I can't find anywhere to purchase it without going through Ebay, but it's only like $12 plus $4 shipping so maybe I'll try it for the hell of it. Let me know what you guys think.

    Thanx for everyones replys so far, I appreciate it. :wink:
     
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    Well, I looked at that listing on ebay. And the advertising method raised some questions with me too. As did that fact that the seller also seems to be selling some "finder ware" i.e. stuff that is freely available if you want to take the time to find it. Legal, but smarmy. However, that product looks like an acctual coded product by the screenshots. I would be be very leary of any "resolution" increasing algorithms they would claim. Photoshop as about the only proven technic for resolution increasing.(the old 10% fractal.) For 14 bucks I personally would take a pop at it and may do so out of curiousity. Ah well.
     
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    Well I bit the bullet and ordered it. My main concern is actually getting the product and the software living up to it's promises. If it works well and my only problem is the resolution, I will accept that and work on fixing that as I am acutely aware that the sharpness of the image will be my main obstacle once I can actually blow photos up with this software. I will let everyone know how well it works, or doesn't... :wink:
     
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    ok then... i'll ask how to do it. cuz i'm def. new.
     
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    I think you might run into image quality problems if you blow up a print that much. To get photo quality on a print that size, the file would take up hundreds of MB of space. To cover an 8-foot high wall 11 feet long would require 144 8x10's. At 2MB each (probably a low figure for photo quality 8x10) you are looking at a 290MB picture file.

    Most computers are going to bog down trying to manipulate an image file that large, not to mention the fact that it will be difficult or impossible to get an enlargement from 1 35mm or even medium format to look decent at that size.

    One possible solution would be to take multiple pictures of the scene you want and stitching them together as a type of panorama.

    Good luck!!
     

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