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Hey guys, I'm new to this forum and thinks it's the best! My question relates to getting an image for a freehand sign, to print on multiple sheets of paper so that it's up to scale. For example, my sign will be 26"x57" . I've created the sign logo using the draw program on Open Office software. I've read all the posts on this subject, but haven't really seen an answer to this issue, but I might have missed it. It's quite possible that I can't do it with OpenOffice. I don't have MS Word either. Any help would surely be appreciated.
I'm impressed with the sign projects I've seen here.

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Hi Skip. Most programs I think have a way to make a banner on your printer. Try it but I don't know what kind of program you are using.

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I use Paint Shop Pro. When I create a new sign, I set the program for the size of the sign, such as 40"x20". It then prints it on as many sheets of paper as necessary. Windows paint will not do this.

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Hi Mike

You can use Paint.Net and it comes down to what kind of printer you are using.

Paint.net is the new Paint for Windows ..

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Thanks for a quick responses. The program I'm trying out ( OpenOffice.org) does all the things that MS Word does. But now that I've had a chance to look at Paint Shop Pro, it looks like the ticket. So I'll mess with these a little bit and see how things work out. This site ROCKS!

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Paint. net............. interesting. I'm gonna look at that as well. I'll get this figured out with help from the best!
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Another path to take when dealing with an image that needs to be blown up to a much larger size,, is to use a projector to shine your image onto your work piece and then outline it with a pencil. I took a few extra classes at work and some were art classes,, the instructor showed us several methods that they use to get large images onto surfaces,, I never would have thought of that before, but the projector method works great. The projector I bought cost me about $150.00 ( called an Opaque projector ) and you just set it on top of a picture of your image and it shines it on what ever you point it at. You can even set it over something small, like say you want to make a sign with your favorite Hot Wheels car. and it will project its image up for you to outline. Another guy in there bought an over head projector like they used to use at schools,, he bought it on ebay for less then 20 bucks, but you have to copy your image on a clear sheet of plastic first.


Now if you do not do this often, then its not worth it to put a lot of money into a projector you will not use much, but on the other hand, if you do plan on doing this more,,, then you aught to think about it,, with that projector, there is no limit you can blow up the image you are going to work on. The instructor has used it to do whole sides of buildings.

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Another good suggestion! So an opaque projector is a bit different then a regular overhead. It doesn't need to be transparent? Very cool. Hey, the way I look at it, the amount of money we spend on tools, that isn't very expensive when you get down to it. Especially if I'll make more signs after this one. Looks like my overtime will allow me to afford this addition. Either software or equipment.
I'll be sure and post some pics when the first one is done.
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Hi thumpik

Just a tip, go by one of the many 2nd hand stores like Good-Will stores you will find one that you can get at a low price..

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Another good suggestion! So an opaque projector is a bit different then a regular overhead. It doesn't need to be transparent? Very cool. Hey, the way I look at it, the amount of money we spend on tools, that isn't very expensive when you get down to it. Especially if I'll make more signs after this one. Looks like my overtime will allow me to afford this addition. Either software or equipment.
I'll be sure and post some pics when the first one is done.
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Well guys, I did a lot of digging and found out my printer does have the ability to do poster copies. So I've been messing around with it hopefully can find some time this weekend to play around with different fonts. I just bought Pat Spielman's book on sign making, to replace the one I had from about 15 yrs ago. It's a very good collection on the subject. I would recommend it for newbies like me. I'm gonna also start looking around for one of those opaque projectors too. Thanks for all of the suggestions you have offered. Much appreciated.

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