While not perfect, I’ve figured out a way to successfully create tiled pdf’s of any size. First off, you will need PDFCreator (There may be other packages that work, but this one works with any paper size that Windows knows about, including custom-created ones.)
Here are the steps:
- On the tool sidebar, click on ‘Layout’|‘Create new Layout’.
- Under ‘Templates’, pick a roll/sheet that is as wide as the largest dimension of the printer you will eventually use. If you get the ‘Several workpieces left not arranged, but none of them match for paper’ error, pick a larger roll/sheet or make a custom size. For whatever reason, the paper size is limited to 32768 pixels, which is 866.99cm/341.33". Go figure.
- Once you have a paper size that your pattern will fit on and your layout is created, click through ‘File’|‘Layout’|‘Export as…’
- For ‘File format’, choose ‘PDF files (*.pdf)’ and set your folder & file name preferences.
- Open up ‘Windows Explorer’ (Press
<WIN-E>) and go to the folder that you saved your pdf in.
- Open the pdf in your pdf reader (I use Adobe Acrobat.)
- Click through ‘File’|‘Print…’ or press
- Under ‘Printer’, choose ‘PDFCreator’.
- Click on ‘Properties’.
- In the ‘PDFCreator Document Properties’ window, click ‘Advanced’.
- In the ‘PDFCreator Advanced Options’ window, change ‘Paper Size’ to whatever paper size the printer you will be using will handle, then click ‘Okay’.
- Click ‘Okay’ in the ‘PDFCreator Document Properties’ window.
- Back in the ‘Print’ window, under ‘Page Sizing & Handling’, click on ‘Poster’. You should immediately see the preview window change to reflect how many pages of your given size will be used.
- Check off ‘Cut Marks’ and/or ‘Labels’ and change the overlap, if desired. If you wish to create a scaled-down pattern, change the scale in ‘Tile Scale’.
- When you are ready, click ‘Print’.
- In the ‘PDFCreator’ window that pops up, change the title/etc. as you wish, then click ‘Save’.
- In the ‘Select destination’ window that pops up, choose your save location and file name, then click ‘Save’.
You are done! Many printing services allow uploading pdf files, and some offer ‘Engineering Prints’ printing, which prints on inexpensive paper at large scales (A1/ARCH D or larger.) I would suggest checking your local printers, as I can personally testify that taping/gluing together 35 sheets of A4/Letter paper is no fun at all.
Hope this helps!