Printing Posters with Adobe Illustrators
Designers do not necessarily need a special program for designing their posters at home, although some poster printing applications are available. For the most part, any graphics program, including Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator can be used for this purpose.
Adobe Illustrator is a good program to use to print posters at home because it has built-in functionality that allows users to print tiled 8.5" x 11" pages that can be assembled as a larger poster.
To do this, users should open Illustrator CS5 and create a new document that matches the size of the desired poster.
Next, users can either create their poster design using Illustrator or place an image that was created in a different program like Photoshop.
When it's time to print, users can choose tiled printing from the print settings screen to allow the program to break up the poster's image into several sheets of letter-size paper.
After selecting the option to tile the output, users can click on the "setup" button at the lower left corner of the print setup dialog to "Tile all pages" as shown below.
When the printout is complete, users can cobble the pieces of poster paper together using tape or glue to form a large image that could never have otherwise been printed at home.
Image in screenshot credit: Wikimedia Commons/Hacketjoe