Creating Layouts with optimised space and pages

Hi,

I’m trying to create layouts that minimise the paper required to print. I’m not bothered about grainlines or rotation as this isn’t a cutting layout but I want to export at A1 or A0 to print out at a copy shop. I’m happy to play with the paper sized when print A4 but I need the specific size to upload to a copy shop.

Here’s an example:

It obvious that they would fit on 1 sheet but the layout put’s it onto 2- Basically costing me and extra £3 in printing costs.

Anyone able to help?

Thanks D

Dafür habe ich auch noch keine Lösung gefunden. Entweder drucke ich es auf DinA4 aus und klebe es selbst zusammen oder ich lege es mir auf Inskape.

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Besides using Inkscape, as @Scholli does, possibly changing (shrinking) the “Gap width” in your “Layout options.” (upper right of the “Create a layout” dialog",) would convince it to behave. Workpiece rotation, just below that, also occasionally makes a difference; sometimes leaves it unaltered.

“Gap width” is the minimum distance between the pieces on the layout. In experimenting with it, it has occasionally had a disproportionately notable effect on the layout.

But, so far, the most reliable way to fit the pieces would be to manually adjust them in Inkscape.

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Oh that’s a shame I was hoping I didn’t need to learn another new program. I will try the options you suggest.

It seems like a pointless part of the program if it can’t be made to work sensibly.

Thanks D

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Hi @DonnaKing, I’d make the margins 0 and place a checkmark at the Auto Crop Unused Length. I’d also reduce the Gap Width as @Pneumarian said and remove the Rotate and cycle through the Groups rules to see which works the best.

You can also put a check-mark at Ignore Margins.

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For the patterns I made recently, I have exported to Inkscape and rearranged the pieces to save space. My son-in-law should have printed them at his office today. Here’s a video (in French, sorry) to help creating a pdf with a pattern. I don’t know if there are sub-titles in english but, I personnaly found it very useful YouTube I didn’t follow exactly what was told but most. I used a A3 tile as a base :wink:

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I’ll take a look thanks. Dx

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I use WPS or Acrobat… You need to export from detail mode to PDF full page (not Layout) and then in the PDF program just “print” it in Poster mode to another PDF… configure the A4 tile and thats all…

Well… I open the PDF on GIMP and edit the cut marks for a better cutting experience :blush:

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Thanks

I was looking for a way of making it work better on Seamly2d as to recreate into another program is time consuming. I’m happy with the A4 layouts it’s just the wasted space in the A0 layouts don’t make sense.

Thanks

Dxx

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I just tested this out, & yes you can change the subtitles to other languages!

Here’s how: Video settings, turn on subtitles It should show “Auto generated French”, click the arrow next to that and it will pop up a list of all the language options. :smiley: Choose the one that works best for you!

This is a game changer for me, I have been watching other videos without sound, not knowing you could do this until now!

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I’m French, so I don’t need sub-titles for this video :wink: and I’m sufficiently fluent in English when videos are in English too. I was saying this as not everybody can understand French :wink: Hope this was helpful to you :slight_smile:

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