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Thread: Enlarging without projector

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    I need to enlarge what I thought was a simple design but I found real quick it isn't :oops: It needs to go from ~4"x6" to ~16"x24." I can't take it to Kinkos (etc) because it's a licensed logo (I'm making a sports team quilt for someone locally). I thought I could sort of graph it out on the back of a roll of wrapping paper...oh my gosh, this is crazy! I see a projector on sale at JA's for $60 but that's really eating into my profits...

    Am I missing some simple method?

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    You could copy it onto graph paper then enlarge a piece of plain graph paper or make your own to the right size. Then it would be as simple as those drawings in a childs coloring book. Just number the squares across the top, letter them down the side and sketch in the drawing of what you want.


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    Check with your library about a projector

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    $60 for that projector on sale is ridiculous! i picked mine up from Clotilde's (on line) regular price $39...comes in very handy.

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    You can use the grid method. Draw a grid on the original, making the lines 1/2" apart. It's 4X6, so you would have a grid of 8X12 squares. You want to go from 4" to 16" so that's 4 times the original size. Now take a large piece of paper and draw the larger grid, which would be 2" squares.(take the 16X24 rectangle and divide it into 2" squares) Now take the little bit of the design in each of the 1/2" squares and transfer it to the larger square, going square by square. I looked for an example on line with pictures, but couldn't find one...

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    Scan it into your computer then open it in Paint and enlarge it there. when you print you can center on the page(s) and decide how many pages you want (print preview is available too).

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    Can you scan it & enlarge it on your computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess
    You can use the grid method. Draw a grid on the original, making the lines 1/2" apart. It's 4X6, so you would have a grid of 8X12 squares. You want to go from 4" to 16" so that's 4 times the original size. Now take a large piece of paper and draw the larger grid, which would be 2" squares.(take the 16X24 rectangle and divide it into 2" squares) Now take the little bit of the design in each of the 1/2" squares and transfer it to the larger square, going square by square. I looked for an example on line with pictures, but couldn't find one...
    Yep, I tried that, this is one of those deals where a slight, like 1mm difference, often caused by how I hold pencil against the ruler expands to a major shape-distorting difference. I'm working with stacked stars if that tells you anything (wish I could share a pic but might be bad copyright wise...)

    I'm reading all replies, thank you!
    Just tried something, cut out one (largest) shape a couple times, going to trim each down on all sides equally & see how that works...might end up working with a ton of flimsy paper templates, ugh! I feel like I'm missing something really easy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    Can you scan it & enlarge it on your computer?
    One I haven't tried...let me give it a whirl.

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    good luck

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    http://rapidresizer.com/, has a 14 day free trial and will help you with your project. Got this link from a board member, might be worth investigating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgapeStitches
    Scan it into your computer then open it in Paint and enlarge it there. when you print you can center on the page(s) and decide how many pages you want (print preview is available too).
    hey, thanks for that!! Never even gave that a thought before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Quote Originally Posted by AgapeStitches
    Scan it into your computer then open it in Paint and enlarge it there. when you print you can center on the page(s) and decide how many pages you want (print preview is available too).
    hey, thanks for that!! Never even gave that a thought before.
    This is how I make most of my pattern size changes, especially increases.

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    I have a free software I found years ago that enlarges photo files (you can save most anthing as a jpg). I'm at work now, I'll try to remember to get the name and post it here. If your interested and I forget, just pm me.

    I uses it to enlarge a fan block to make a window quilt.

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    I scan my images of the pattern into the computer and then inlarge them with a editing program. I use a free program called paint net and it works pretty good for this. There are also other programs you can get free and there are some programs that are not that pricey. Just have to look at them and see if they do what you want them to do.

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    I have used my printer also, when I click on print the box pops up and in advanced settings it shows different sizes and you can click on poster and what size poster you want (3x4, 3x5, etc) and it will print the picture out in as many pieces of printer paper it needs. I just discovered this by accident one day.

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    There is a freeware program which allows you to import an image and resize it several different ways. I have used it several times and it works perfectly every time.

    http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/

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    i didn't read all the posts but. if you have access to a copy machine then copy/enlarge it in sections tape them together and then redraw if you need to. I do this all the time.

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    if the image in questions is protected by copyright, trademark, or license restrictions, then pirating that image by resizing and creating a replica is not legal.

    selling items made that way would also not be legal.

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