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Thread: Help! PP Pattern Issues! >_<

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    Well I posted earlier about colors for my Husky PP project, and I tried to start on it last night. But the pattern was just too dang small!

    So I decided to take it apart on my computer and print out each section - don't know if that's how I was originally supposed to do it or not!

    Anyway, I started trying to print the individual pieces today and they're not coming up the same size. In the photos below you'll see that section B with the dog's eye is longer than section A to which it is supposed to join. To show you how it's supposed to go together, I included a pic of the smaller pattern together.

    No matter what I try I can't get the pieces to print at the right ratio...any ideas what I can do?

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    How 'A' and 'B' are supposed to join up
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    It looks like when you printed them out, that somehow the sizing percentage got messed up. Be sure you're printing them out at 100%. You'll have to redo the one that is off. You either enlarged B or Decreased A by accident....

    Oops I reread your comments. Are you sending them to your printer or copying them at a copy machine?

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    I think your problem is taking them apart on your computer. You should just print it out and then cut apart manually. Then the size will be consistent.

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    I don't think I have a percentage option...I can choose between full page, 4x6, 5x7, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I think your problem is taking them apart on your computer. You should just print it out and then cut apart manually. Then the size will be consistent.
    That probably IS the problem...

    So could I cut the smaller pattern apart, then scan and print larger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Shivesa
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I think your problem is taking them apart on your computer. You should just print it out and then cut apart manually. Then the size will be consistent.
    That probably IS the problem...

    So could I cut the smaller pattern apart, then scan and print larger?
    I usually copy a pattern as is, increase it via the copy machine. Or scan it as is and increase it all by the same percentage. Then cut out the sections on the finished copy. You should try to keep a "master" that isn't cut up.

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    Does your pattern say to cut it apart?

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    Print out several copies. Take them to a copy store and enlarge them all by the same percentage.
    **Just a FYI, not all copy machines will print the same, so make sure you get enough copies on the one machine***

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    I bought a program called Rapid Resizer that I found. It was set up for Stained glass work but it has a pattern printing program that will print your patterns to exact size, no matter how large or small you want to print. I have used it for years on everything. It wasn't expensive and the company is easy to work with. Highly recommend if you manipulate patterns like I do.

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    It sounds like your printer thinks you have photo paper in there, or at least your graphics program does.

    Try to get it to "just print the image" rather than it trying to fit a "photo" to a sheet of photo paper.

    Alternatively,
    Right click on the filename, and open the image file in Internet Explorer instead of whatever graphics program you use. Then print it from there.
    It should print true size.

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    Another thing to check - if it is printed from a pdf file, check to see that page scaling is set to "off". Depending on your printer, it may be in the Properies section, or under Preferences, often tucked away in advanced settings.

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    Just take the whole pattern to the copy shop and ask for an enlargemnt! I had a pattern enlarged bigger than 18x24 for less than 2.50. and that is the local mom & pop shop the big box shops might even be cheaper.

    Are you using Windows Photo Viewer to print? If so its not really the best program for printing stuff like this! You can do it on your computer with the paint program(also not the best program but I really don't know what the BEST would be and this one works), open the image in paint, then go to print setup, then under scaling click on the Adjust to: tab and change it from 100% to anything larger than 100% I do not know the math to make things larger I would just start with a number and increase or decrease until it is the right size. lol.....No actually I would take it to Becky at the copy shop and let her do it for me just like I am going to this morning! Gping to work on another pp Witch!

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