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.
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.
In the first method, we will use the slice tool to divide our image into multiple sections before printing it.
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 your image file in Adobe Photoshop CC.
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.
Right-click on the image and click on Divide Slice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.