Tile Printing in Illustrator

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Tile printing is a useful tool for making posters, larger prints, etc. It is done by taking the image you wish to print, breaking it up into tiles and printing each tile separately. The tiles are then pasted together and the poster or image is complete.

1) File > Document Setup. - fig.1

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2) Change bleeds to desired amount (ex: .125"). - fig.2

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3) Save the Illustrator document to an easily accessible file location and close Illustrator.

4) Open InDesign and select Indesign > Preferences > Units & Increments. - fig.3

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5) Change both the horizontal and vertical ruler units to inches and click okay. - fig.4

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6) Create a new document. File>New Document.

7) Select the final size of the poster and change the bleeds to match the bleeds that were set in Illustrator. - fig.5

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8) Place the poster into the new document, aligning it with the black or red margins. - fig.6

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9) Once the poster has been placed, right click, select Display Performance > High Quality Display to render the poster in full resolution. - fig.7

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10) Double check over the poster, make sure everything is correct and select File > Print. - fig.8

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11) In the Setup tab, select the appropriate Printer and Paper size. - fig.9

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12) In the Marks and Bleeds tab, make sure Crop Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings are checked. - fig.10

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13) Under the Setup tab, check the Tile button and select the overlap width. - fig.11

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14) Hit Print to exit the printer menu and Print one more time to tile print the poster. - fig.12

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