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Author Topic: Poster Printing  (Read 1688 times)
JustGeorge
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« on: April 08, 2018, 07:18:30 PM »

Okay, I've exhausted what I believed to be my stellar search capabilities, plus spent several hours fighting with QU on this, but am still unable to print a poster.  I was looking for video help, or a forum post, detailing how to use the poster function.  What little I found makes it sound like it should be easy, but I just can't get it to work.  If there is a video I couldn't find it.  (The video linked on the Prints tab doesn't cover posters.)

So here is an example: starting with an original image, size 16.43 x 10.88, I want to print a 2x2 poster, with each segment 6-in square.  (Yes, I know cropping will be involved before or during processing.)  What would be the settings and step-by-step procedures needed to produce a print like this?

And would anything special need to be done to print to file?  And would that prn2file need to be save as a job in order to bring it back into QU for sending to my printer?

And is it possible to preview before printing?  If so, how?

I really hope that I'm not just over-complicating things!

--George

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2018, 07:43:07 PM »

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So here is an example: starting with an original image, size 16.43 x 10.88, I want to print a 2x2 poster, with each segment 6-in square. 
I'm puzzled why you need to use the poster function as your finished image will be 12"x12". From your previous posts you appear t have a Canon Pro-100 should just be big enough to print this on 1 piece of A3+ paper. Maybe you don't have this size of paper?
Tell us what size of paper you want to print on.
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2018, 09:17:11 PM »

Okay, I didn't explain this right, and maybe this has to be done manually.

I want one image split into four (or more or less) separate segments, each piece being a quarter segment of the orginal.  Once printed and mounted individually, would represent the whole.

I'd like to test print on one sheet at a smaller size as I'm no good at visualizing how the cropping would look, or if I needed to tweak the image in the image editor.

About a year ago I went through this with a 3-panel triptych.  I don't know if it's the best method, but it works for me.  See screens 2 & 3.  Here are the steps:

1.  Recall a job with the 3 panels, settings only, no image.  This stored job is paper type and size specific, can be fiddled for other types & sizes.  Scr_2_triptych-template.JPG

2.  Add one image three times, one for each of the panels.

3.  Open the Page Editor (Edit Page, Ctrl-E).  Select the panel which is to be the anchor, left, right or middle.  Adjust the position of the other panels, enlarging slightly as needed.

4.  Close the Page Editor.  Scr_3_triptych.JPG is the example.

The final image can be printed to either paper or file, or save as a new job.

I was hoping there was a simpler method for producing 2x2, or 3x2.  But I can't get a 2x2 to fit onto a sheet of paper for previewing.

So upon reflection, and based on your reply, Poster mode is not the way to approach this.

Your other question re: paper size which may be mute moot (heh-heh):  I print mostly 17x22, except I have a ton of 13x19 Canon paper received during the ink special late last year.  But as I said above, the printing to a single sheet is for previewing the layout for the final printing; the preview might be on 11-in wide paper, the final would be on individual sheets, depending on overall size.

So if I'm completely misunderstanding the Poster print mode, is there a way to preview a 2x2 poster (for example)?

--George

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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2018, 06:37:38 AM »

Hi George,
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So upon reflection, and based on your reply, Poster mode is not the way to approach this.
Correct. Poster mode is designed to print an image larger than the paper size. Although it could be used for your requirement, it's very fiddly and you don't get a proper preview of what it will end up like.
There are 2 other ways to do what you want. The first is more or less as you describe using print cropping.
For your square images I would crop the image square (crop ratio 1:1) in the QU image editor first.
Then set a print size of 6x6" and add 4 copies of the image to the queue with crop scissors on.
In the page editor, zoom to 2.0x and position the crop as required for each image. The latter has to be done carefully and using the High Precision Crop tool will help
See my first screen shot below of the page preview. I used Compact placement, added a small white + border to separate the images and guide lines.

The other way to do it is to make 4 copies of the image and in the image editor, set a 1:1 crop ratio and the position the crop in each image as you want. QU gives a pixel size read-out as you crop which will help you to get the correct size and be consistent.
See second screen shot. (NB. it does not show the full editor screen).
Have fun!
Terry
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2018, 02:05:31 PM »

Thanks Terry, that will work.  I couldn't get the 2x2 layout, but adding the + white border did the trick.  Otherwise, very similar to what I've done with the 3-panel layout.

That image doesn't look as well in 2x2 square format, looked much better in my mind's eye.  Which is why the print preview is really needed.  Your first method is probably better for me, as it makes it easier to decide how to crop for that look.

I'll go play some more, 2x2 with 4x6 panels might be fun.

Thanks again,

--George






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