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Print posters on a standard printer

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I was standing in line at OfficeMax and saw a big printer. They advertised rates to print a poster. The big one (6 x 3 feet) was almost $100! What?! I guess you need fancy big paper and the fancy big printer and buckets of ink. But there must be a cheaper way.

The BUNGCO Poster Printer software uses that big piece of paper, but prefolded up accordion style. The software breaks the image into 8 inch strips. The giant paper - very long but 8 inches wide - goes thru and comes out with one strip printed. Then you unfold to the next (labeled!) blank strip, and run it thru again. A poster of any width can be printed provided someone stands by and changes the folds appropriately.

But the ink - color ink is spendy. Built into the BUNGCO poster printer is the option to change solid filled shapes into the same shape filled with colored dots, hearts, skulls, logos or what-have-you, sunday funnies style. Or eliminate the fill entirely and convert the shape to the outline in the requisite color - then recruit an artist to fill in the shapes with crayons, paint or other cheap pigment.

bungston, Nov 16 2011

Online service http://www.blockposters.com/
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       Much better than those old huge-font banners printed on continuous feed paper. [+].
swimswim, Nov 16 2011
  

       It's good, but not dot matrix banner good.
rcarty, Nov 16 2011
  

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ytk, Nov 16 2011
  

       Tip: if you paste a picture into an Excel spreadsheet and resize it to make it really, really big and then print out the spreadsheet, the picture will be nicely printed out over dozens of sheets of normal printer paper.
hippo, Nov 16 2011
  

       Many image viewing softwares will do this, at the print stage just choose scale:1000%, print on adjoining sheets.
pocmloc, Nov 16 2011
  

       The idea was for this to be seamless rather than many sheets - although of course the folds would be a seam. It would be nice to have software that would show you where the seams would fall in the picture - probably no big deal for "CONGRATULATIONS SID!" but maybe a bigger deal for a very text heavy poster.
bungston, Nov 17 2011
  
      
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