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How to Print a Large Image on Multiple Pages in Photoshop

Published: 18/05/2021

While creating a large-sized poster or banner, printing an image on a single page may not be enough. You need a solution to divide the image and print it on multiple pages. Knowing how to print a large image on multiple pages in Photoshop is the best way to retain the image quality with a large size. 

How to Print a Large Image on Multiple Pages in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop allows us to cut and paste portions of images into different files. The newer versions of Photoshop CC are equipped with the Slice tool that does the job perfectly. But there is a way to do the same function in earlier versions as well, which we will explain.

If you are using a regular printer, it is not possible to get a large poster-size print. Splitting the image is essential, which you can later assemble to form the poster. Doing so in Photoshop is very easy, but you need to take care of a few things to ensure a good quality final printed image. 

Method 1: Using the Slice Tool

In the first method, we will use the slice tool to divide our image into multiple sections before printing it.

Determine Image Size According to Maximum Printable Size

Firstly, determine the image size that needs to be printed. Depending upon the paper size, you will have to decide the number of sections you will divide your image into.

A simple way to do this is to divide the image size by the maximum size your printer can print. This will give you the number of sections that you need. Choose a printer with a wide format for better results. 

Open Image

Open your image file in Adobe Photoshop CC.

Use the Divide Slice Tool

In the toolbar, right-click on the Crop tool and select the Slice tool. 

If you had selected the Slice tool earlier for an image, it would be shown in the toolbar instead of the Crop tool.

Selecting slice tool in Photoshop

Right-click on the image and click on Divide Slice.

Choose The Settings In The Divide Slice Tool Dialog Box

  1. In the Divide Slice dialog box, check the boxes for Divide Horizontally Into and Divide Vertically Into.
Settings In The Divide Slice Tool Dialog Box
  1. Input the number of sections that you require horizontally and vertically.
  2. Set the resolution for horizontal and vertical sections. 
  3. Click on OK.

Save The Image

  1. Click on the File menu, and expand the Export option.
  2. Click on Save for Web (Legacy).
Saving the image in Photoshop
  1. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut for saving for web that is ALT + SHIFT + CTRL + S on Windows, or OPT + SHIFT + CMD + S on Mac.
  2. Choose the Preset as JPEG and Maximum from the drop down.
  3. Click on Save. 
Assembling a sliced image in Photoshop

Print The Images

Photoshop creates a folder with the images that you have sliced. Open it and print them as usual. 

Once printed, you can assemble the images like a puzzle and mount them to create a large banner or poster. 

Method 2: Manually Copying Selections

Suppose you are using an earlier version of Photoshop where the slice tool is not available. In that case, you can use the following method to print a large image on multiple pages using Photoshop. The difference between both methods is that the slice tool does the job quicker, and you don’t need to worry about the correct sizing of the sections.

Moreover, in this method, you need to manually copy and paste selections into individual images, unlike the divide slice tool, which automatically creates and saves image sections into your computer. The ease of the advanced tool gives us another reason to update the software to the latest version

Open the Image

Open the image in Adobe Photoshop.

Determine Maximum Printable Size and the Size of the Printed Image

Assess the maximum print dimensions of your printer. Printing a large image means you need to know the largest size your printer is able to print. As a result, you will get an idea about the number of pages you will require for printing this particular image.

Divide Image into Sections Using Marquee Tool

Once you know the exact size for each section and the number of sections, divide the image into the required number of sections.

You can use the Rectangular Marquee tool for making the selections. Choose the tool from the toolbar, and draw out a selection corresponding to the size of the individual section. 

Copy Sections into New Files as Separate Images

  1. Now you need to copy the selection that you made. Go to the Edit menu on top and click on Copy. 
  2. After that, go to the File menu, and click on New.
  3. Paste the selection on the new document. Photoshop automatically fits the image according to the segment that you copied. Click on Ok.
  4. Do the same for all the sections you have created by pasting them into new files.

Determine Print Resolution and Orientation

  1. Go to the File menu and select Print.
  2. In the dialog box that opens up, select the print quality and paper type.
  3. Ensure the print resolution is set to at least 150 DPI if you are printing for desktop or 300 DPI if you are printing for professional purposes. 
  4. Set the orientation from the print settings. Choose landscape (horizontal) or Portrait (Vertical) depending upon your requirements. 
  5. Click on Print.

Print the Files Individually

Print all the segments (now individual images) one by one. It is highly recommended to use glossy paper for printing if you want professional-quality prints. 

Piece Together All the Pages to Form the Image

Put together the individual printed pages to form the complete large image. You can cut away the white margins or use them to overlap the next segment when you piece them together. 

Conclusion

Using Photoshop to print a large image involves easy steps which ensure better quality and precise segments which you can put together. The process depends upon your printer as well as the version of Photoshop you use. We have stated the methods for printing a large image in the new and older version of Adobe Photoshop for your convenience. 

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