This is the complete text of Flatlands, and how to generate and print it, at 60 x 42 inches. That's huge!
Take a look at the PDF.
Step 1: Select a book text you like.
Step 2: Clean up the text.
I'm interested in having no line breaks or pagination, just a single, continuous line of the entire text of the book.
Some tips on search and replace:
you want to remove all tabs, and all pagination and break returns. it helps to "show pagination" (word) or "show invisibles" (pages) so you know you've gotten rid of them all. You can now cut and paste those "invisibles" into the search bar. In WORD, a carriage return shows up as p
if you put to spaces in the search bar, and one space in the replace bar, repeated running of that search and replace will leave you with nothing but single spaces between all of your text.
sometimes it is handy to replace with something else first to do a check, something really improbable like ZXY* then you can really quickly see whether its doing the right thing.
I generally do:
then tab marks.
then excess spaces. (see above)
Step 3: Bring text into illustrator.
Oh. This is going to seriously tax your machine. Use a fast machine. Illustrator doesn't handle huge gobs of text all that well. I've got a g4 powerbook with 1Gb of RAM and it takes a few minutes for each operation for a big book once you get close to finished.
Step 4: Set page size
file : document setup
make it as large as the output device you are using - in my case a 42" HP roll printer.
Step 5: Draw the shape that you wish to fill with the text.
Step 7: Choose the font you wish to use.
Step 8: Choose your paragraph settings.
Step 9: Fiddle with font size until text block just fits inside your shape
Step 10: Paper options.
This image is of a print on medium quality paper. It came out much better than it appears in the photo and is a beautiful addition to my office.