Printing maps

by David Commerford

Having found an online map and downloaded it many people desiging scenarios get stuck on a simple way of printing them. This short article gives a brief tutorial on how I do it.
First things first. If you haven’t got Adobe Acrobat Reader DC on your machine you need to download it from here.

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Install for all versions

Its free and easy to do (Should be, Adobe is a Microsoft partner) just make sure you pick the Windows 10 version.

I’ve attached the pdf version of a map down loaded from the Library of Congress is here as an example to work with. This is the easy version of how to do things, as it doesn’t involve the faffing about to convert the map from whatever the source format was into pdf in the first place.

Just save this file to Desktop.

After you have downloaded Adobe just click on the high.pdf icon on your Desktop and it will automatically open the file in Adobe Reader.

When you have the map on screen click on the Printer symbol and a dialogue box will appear.

Check your printer is switched on and its name shows up in the Printer box at the top left of the options screen. If its not there you may have to click on the drop down menu and select it. It will show as whatever Epson model you have .

Then go to the box marked Properties next to Printer one and click on that. This brings up the options in Quick Setup, on there are a check box to tick for Boarderless Printing and a Paper Size option to switch to A3. There is also a chance to select Portrait or Landscape but don’t choose yet. When you have done this part just click on OK.

You will now be back at the screen you checked your Printer on. Half way down there are four grey boxes marked Size, Poster, Multiple and Booklet. Click on the option marked Poster.

This changes the screen to show a box with Tile Scale next it and a value of 100 shown. Change that to 350 and click on Poster again. You will then see the small picture of the map in the lower right hand part of the Print screen has changed to show grid lines on it which indicate how the map will be when divided into section of A3 paper.

At this point you can select Portrait or Landscape, sometimes that will change the number of sheets, or slightly alter the overall size. If the program thinks there’s no difference to be had it won’t alter it.

Then just hit Print in the bottom right corner and off it goes!

You may find some advantage in experimenting with the Tile Scale. I’m pretty sure the game map was printed at 350 on A4 but as I have never had chance to use A3 there may be a slight difference and allow a bigger value. My printer does’t have the quality make going over 400 worth while but it may also be that making it that big exceeds the ability of the pdf to reproduce a good image anyway.

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