How to Easily Resize Printable Patterns

Changing The Scale Of Printables

One of the awesome things about printable patterns is they are super easy to resize. You can change the size by either adjusting your print settings or you can use Adobe Acrobat Reader for enlarging patterns to tile across multiple pages.

Changing the Scale in Print Settings

You can easily adjust the size of the printed file by changing the scale in the print settings window that pops up when you go to print something.

Go to File -> Print and a window will pop up that will look something like this:

How To Resize Patterns Easily
How To Resize Patterns Easily

Where it says “Scale”, you can change the size of the image by changing the number from 100% to be smaller or larger. In the example below, we changed it to 250%. If you wanted it smaller, you might change it to 50% or 25%.

Changing The Scale Of Printables
Changing The Scale Of Printables

Windows is very similar to Mac – simply open up the file and then go to File -> Print and from the print settings adjust the scale as needed. Here’s a screenshot example of what it will look like in Windows:

Windows Print Scale
Windows Print Scale

How to Enlarge Patterns to Tile Across Multiple Pages in Adobe Acrobat

Sometimes you may want to print a pattern extra big but your printer can only handle 8.5×11 sheets. No worries, there is a very easy way to enlarge the pattern and tile it across multiple sheets.

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (you can download it free). Open the PDF with Acrobat Reader and go to File -> Print.

Adobe has its own print settings window that looks like this:

How To Tile Pages To Print
How To Tile Pages To Print

If you want to tile the print settings, you will want to click on the tab that says “Poster” under the Page Sizing & Handling options.

On the right, the dashed line shows you where and how the image will print across multiple sheets of paper.

You can adjust the scale for the size you want and I recommend using an overlap of at least .25 inch so you have some margin for lining the pages together for your pattern. You will also want to check the box for Cut Marks – this will give you registration marks to make it easier to line all the pages up together.

Click print and you’re all set! Use washi tape or a glue stick to attach your printed pages together and enjoy your enlarged pattern!

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