Knowing how to print a large poster from your own home printer or school printer is so useful. Sending out a poster to be printed is quite costly, so printing on 4 standard 8.5” by 11” pages from your own printer is the way to go.
This will look different depending on the program you are using and the version you are using. Here is an example for how you can print a large poster by printing on four 8.5” by 11” pages using Adobe Acrobat.
1. SELECT POSTER PRINT SETTINGS:
After selecting “Print”, you will select “Poster.” Change the “tile scale” to zoom the percentage you would like to zoom in (shown below).
I prefer to print posters on card stock, but standard paper works just fine for printing posters too.
2. CUT OFF BORDERS:
After printing, you will need to cut off the inner borders where the pages will be taped or glued together. Adobe Acrobat does have an option to include cut marks if you select the box, but I personally don’t use them.
Below, you can see how I cut off some sides with extra white border, and leave some sides with the extra border. Then, you can use the extra border as an anchor to glue or tape the pages with cut edges.
3. PUT THE POSTER’S PAGES TOGETHER:
Then, tape or glue the 4 pages of your poster together.
4. LAMINATE YOUR POSTER (OPTIONAL):
You can laminate your anchor charts or posters to protect for future use.
Looking to use your posters efficiently? Read this blog post on 6 ways to use the same poster.
The posters used in the pictures above come from my Reading Posters and Writing Posters sets found in my TpT shop!