I want to first start this by saying a HUGE thank you for all the comments
I received on my last post. I fell in love with that lil' table
and I'm sadden to say, it hasn't sold yet - but it will : )
Ok, the reason for today's post ...
I had SO many questions asking to show just how I enlarge my images.
I start by picking an image.
I usually find TONS from my favorite site
Graphics Fairy but I have also
found images in blogland that I love.
Shoot any image will work really.
I copy the image to my desktop.
Yes, that's my desktop. It's a picture I took at the last Yankee
game I went to. Makes me smile : )
Here's the image tho ...
Then I open my Photoshop Elements 6 program.
I'm not sure how to do it in another program, sorry.
I then go to File at the top, then New, then Blank File
this is where you tell Photoshop the size you need your canvas to be.
And yes, I'm on a Mac. I don't know what to do on a PC : (
See where it says "pixels" you want to change that to "inches"
And make the size whatever your canvas needs to be.
So, if I'm working on a board that is 12X36"
I would make it
And I'll get a screen that looks like this
Here's where the fun begins ...
Next you go to File then scroll down to Place
You will then see this, which is where you will choose
the image you have saved
Click Place and your next screen will look like ...
Stretch the image to fit the box.
Don't worry that the image is blurry.
As soon as you hit the green check it is crisp again.
Now, the tricky part ... printing.
This seems to be the hard part for some.
All I do is copy and paste ... lettme' show ya how.
Since the image is 12x36" and most printers
print at 8.5x11" I will have to do some math.
With this image I would use the rulers at
the top and bottom of the image
and using the rectangular marquee tool
I will put my pointer in the far left upper corner of the image
I made a box 6x10" by pulling the pointer down.
Then I go up to Edit and click on Copy
I then go back to File, New, Blank File again
This time I DON'T change the size AT ALL
I just click OK
This is the exact size of the copy you previously "copied"
I then go back up to edit and click Paste
You will notice how much bigger it is ...
that's because the original image is only at 25% and
the image you just pasted is at 100%
I continue the copy paste by going next to where I left off just
clicking the original image 1 time
Then the process starts all over again until the whole image is done.
Then after I'm finished I print everything and tape
it all together. You'll find you may have to go in a
tweek a print (or 2) which has happen to me
But, I find this technique VERY VERY helpful.
If, you don't have Photoshop, or a program like it,
you can take an image to a office supply store
like Office Max or even Kinkos and they will
enlarge it for you to the size you need.
Hope my tutorial helped you.
I wasn't sure how I was going to do it but I told ya
EXACTLY like I do it.
Now, you know ALL my secrets ; )