Picture of Making a large poster with vector graphics
I love the Rasterbator, but I also love the crispness of vector graphics sometimes.  Why not create a large Rasterbation-like poster with exact lines and shapes?  It's actually really easy.

I used this technique to create a big poster for a Daft Punk dance party my friends and I were throwing.  I was really happy with the output, and the night before the event someone even stole the poster.  That's a compliment in my book!  

Sorry for the quality of the photo of the final product -- We finished at 2AM and were really tired.

You'll Need:
-An image (most any format, but if it's already a vector (PDF, EPS, SVG, etc.) you can skip some steps).

-Laser printer: Preferably one where you don't have to pay per page.  Depending on your image, you will use a lot of toner, so keep that in mind.

-Paper cutter (scissors will work, but will take much longer)

-Scotch Tape

-Markers, Colored Pencils, Crayons, etc. (optional): Adding color accents can really have some outstanding effects.

-Software: Here we have some choices:

     -Adobe Suite: This is expensive software but the way to go if you can.  I had access through my school, so check on that if you are associated with an institution.  I used Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat.

     -Open Source Software: You can definitely accomplish this Instructable using only open-source software.  Try GIMP for raster manipulations and Inkscape for vector tracing, manipulations, and tile printing.

      -Web-Based: if for some reason you don't want to download a bunch of new software, you should be able to use web services exclusively.  The only downside is that (as far as I know) there aren't too many web based resources for editing vector graphics.  You could use Photoshop.com (requires creation of a free AdobeID) for raster work, and Vector Magic (or Potrace) to do a vector trace of raster images.  I haven't done this, so let me know if you find a good workflow.

racurcio11 months ago

Wow, I have never seen a poster that big made only with A4 sheets. Amazing. That's a very useful instructable for the ones who like to personalize thing, I'll probably try to do this on my room :D
But I don't think I'll use 70 sheets hahahahah

Great work, congratulations.

mahor19903 years ago
I'm agree, Rasterbator is great, I like it! It creates images from large dots. It is an interesting art technic, but when I need to print exact enlarged image, I use this poster printer.
If you only have photoshop like me, just enable rulers and divide the image by 7x10 (or 8.5x11, if you have a borderless printer) squares using the slice tool.

Also: Since photoshop can't livetrace, enlarge the image (I made mine 34x22in, it was originally 26x16in) and add a filter. My favorites are halftone pattern, angled strokes, chalk and charcoal, note paper, and patchwork. if you're starting out from a really small image, enlarge it, then add the cutout filter and some others.
score4shore4 years ago
Alright I followed the steps with all of the same programs but when I go to print it it won't go more than one page. What am I doing wrong? Thanks.
Great Tutorial, badass poster!
Clayfig4 years ago
adding a video of you vectoring would be good
calischs (author)  Clayfig4 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion -- Do you have a particular piece of software you like for taking screen videos? I downloaded ScreenFlow, but it watermarks my videos unless I purchase. Any suggestions?
CaptureMe is free and works okay but isn't great...