How To Tile Print Your Large Artwork in Illustrator

Sometimes we have artwork we need to print and review that’s just too big to show on a normal tabloid sized paper. In a pinch, it’s also way cheaper to first tile-print something for review from a normal printer, and then get your fancy large-bed print later.



STEP 1: To tile print, open your artwork in illustrator.

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This artwork is set to print at 15″ x 15″, larger than a normal printer is able to handle.

STEP 2: To see the current print tile settings go to View >> Show print tiling.

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This will show the print default settings. The outer dotted line is the edge of the page and the inner dotted line is the edge of the printable margin. The settings default to print to a single tabloid sized sheet, but we are going to change this.

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STEP 3: To change the settings go to File >> Print. This dialogue box controls how your file is sent to the printer. Change the settings to match the below example.

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Click “Done”.

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Ta-da! As you can see the print options have changed to tile the artwork across two vertically oriented tabloid sheets. To get the best idea of what the artwork will look like, you’ll have to then cut out the artwork and tape it together. The print options do account for margins, and the artwork does not get cut-off. You can tape edge-to-edge for a pretty accurate representation of what everything will look like as a large-scale print!

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