I finally got around to using the Rasterbator to put an image at the top of our stairs:
Except for a few places where my printer confused the color brown for the color green (or is possibly running low on ink) I like it. But next time I’m going much, much bigger.
The Rasterbator is a free program that takes a high quality digital image, blows it up as big as you’d like, and gives it to you as a PDF file broken up over a number of pages. You print and trim the pages then hang them up. The program allows you to control how large the final image is, how large the dot size is, and whether or not to print out cut lines for each page. There is an online version you can use, as well as a downloadable one that does not have size or resolution limits. The Rasterbator has been around for a while and I’ve seen it mentioned in magazines like Readymade and Blueprint, but it only recently started doing color images.
The first image I tried out was of Mount Rainier during an impressive sunset from this picture:
But I didn’t put it up, it was easy to tell it wouldn’t nearly as well as faces. Faces are so instantly recognizable that they make for a much better large, slightly blurry image. And it’s a lot of fun to see a really large picture of yourself.
Here is the detail of a few pages so you can see how the dots look up close:
I trimmed all the pages just inside the cut lines, and I stuck it to my wall using the wonderful, removable, repositionable Scotch Clear Mounting Squares, I used one square for corners where pages meet. These will make it easy to put up a new image whenever I’d like.
update: The very next day I put up a new version of the image which is larger, go see it.