Poster-izing PDFs

For reasons best left to the imagination, we needed some large signs for the front yard. I must look this up every time I do it, so here’s the process…

  • Create document in LibreOffice (or whatever), save as PDF
  • Convert PDF to EPS = Encapsulated Postscript
  • Apply poster to enlarge & paginate
  • Convert PS to PDF for ease of printing

Bash does the heavy lifting, after you install whatever packages your Linux distro may not have included:

pdftops -eps OnePage.pdf PosterPage.ps
poster -v -m Letter -p20x28i -o PosterMulti.ps PosterPage.ps
ps2pdf PosterMulti.ps

Then it’s a simple matter of a cutting mat, a razor knife, a glue stick, and some tape…

Memo to Self: Align the lower row along the hardwood floor planks!

2 thoughts on “Poster-izing PDFs

  1. I’ve done that, but since my printer supports PS, I send the subdivided chunks directly to the printer. Then I bought a cheap Chinese vinyl cutter, which is wonderful for making such signs, as well as many other uses.

    1. send the subdivided chunks directly to the printer

      I’ve been afraid to do that, ever since the Laserjet gnawed its way through a substantial stack of paper due to a slight misunderstanding on my part… [wince]

      a cheap Chinese vinyl cutter

      The Sherline might be able to cut little teeny signs using ordinary G-Code and a drag cutter; I should pick up a set of blades and kludge a ball-bearing spindle mount… not very useful for the front yard, though.

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