Intro: Hide Your Junk With Art, Make a Big Poster.
My friend moved out so I get my apartement to myself, wich is good. She took the shelves with her wich is bad because I have an ugly cardboardbox-monolith next to the couch with a lot of my stuff in it.
I decided to hide it with a poster and so I had to make one!
Step 1: Stuff You'll Need.
A computer with printer, ink and printingpaper
Ducttape (or atleast stickytape of some sorts)
Doublesided foam mounting-tape (or something to stick it up with)
High-resolution image .. I suggest using an imagesearcher like Altavista (yes everyone uses google but they ARE helping the chinese and american governments to censor the internet so I just can't support them)
A program that makes posters. Here are my favorites :
PosterRazor - a stand-alone program that makes posters from images as a pdf-puzzle. This is the one I will be referring to.
Poster Printer - a program that acts as a printer-driver to print anything directly as posters.
PDFCreator - another printer-program but one that makes PDFs from any program.
Step 2: Choose Your Picture.
I decided on this art-thingy .. I know nothing of art execpt what I like to have hanging on my walls. Someone is bound to comment on this.
My suggestion is to find an image that is :
Colourful - otherwise you'll run out of ink, imagine printing 1,5 squaremeters of red.
Really high resolution - otherwise it will look like crap when you blow it up.
Search with a searchengine of your choice.
Some nice places are :
Step 3: PosterRazor
Doubleclick to start the program, after that it's all pretty straightforward.
You input the image where it says "Input image" and then you click on next.
Step 4: Defining Paper Format.
Step 2 in PosterRazor asks for info on papersize and borders, there's also a button in the lower-left corner if you feel the standards aren't yours.
I chose to remove all the borders, ie setting them to null.
Step 5: Image Overlapping.
In step 3 you overlap the image and define overlapping size, how much of the print that will be the same as the previous tile.
I set 1mm overlap and bottom right . coz I wanted to :)
Step 6: Final Size.
I measured my boxes as beeing 205*93cm.
I used absolute size and specified 95cm (2 for extra width)
Step 7: Saving and Printing ..
Next you save the poster, open and print it.
Pretty much standard settings on the printer did a nice job for me.
As an afterthought .. it might have been better to center the poster on the paper as I feel it got a bit off-center ones put up.
Step 8: Cut It Out ..
Now that you have all those papers you have to cut them up a bit.
I cut the bottom and right side of every paper. This because I chose that layout earlier in PosterRazor.
Step 9: Put It Together ..
There's much better ways than what I did. Probably ducttape isn't the greatest thing for this but it's what I had laying around .. you how it is.
I use three strips of tape and carefuly aligned every page in the rows .. even so I mucked it up a bit.
Then I put the rows together and presto!!
After some thought I decided to put some ducttape on the back to hold the edges together.
Step 10: Put It Up.
I put small squares of double-sided tape on the boxes and just slapped up the poster.
Step 11: Before and After.
Alright .. so my home is still a mess but atleast I don't se that eyesore anymore. In it's place is nice art :)