How to Print a Multi-Page Poster/Banner Using LibreOffice (OpenOffice) and Adobe Reader

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Recently, I was tasked with creating a multi-page poster/banner for a non-profit organization. Armed only with LibreOffice and Adobe Reader, I was able to create a rather professional-looking result. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Open LibreOffice (or OpenOffice) Writer.
  2. Click the ‘Format’ button on the top menu bar and select ‘Page’. Adjust your page width/height as desired (I used 50 cm width x 22 cm height), and specify your page margins (I used 1 cm margins all around).
  3. Add your text/graphics, etc.
  4. Now, click ‘File’ on the top menu bar, and select ‘Export as PDF’ (the default options in the configuration screen should be OK as is). Export and save the file as a PDF to a location/folder of your choice.
  5. Now, open up the PDF file in Adobe Reader. I’m using Adobe Reader X (10), but this should work with newer versions too. Select ‘Print’. In the print dialog box that appears, under the ‘Page Sizing & Handling’ heading, select ‘Poster’. The ‘Tile Scale’ value can be changed to reduce/enlarge the size (scaling) of your image across the printed pages. The ‘overlap’ setting defines the amount of overlap between pages (which makes it easier to tape/staple multiple pages together to create the banner/poster). Also, you might want to select the ‘Cut Marks’ check-box which makes it easier to trim the edges of the printed pages (this is best done with a guillotine-type paper trimmer, but scissors will suffice). Select either ‘Portrait’ or ‘Landscape’ under the Orientation section (the print preview area gives you a visual idea of what your actual printout will look like, so use that as a guideline when adjusting settings). Finally, hit the ‘Print’ button, and voila! Assemble the printed pages, and you’re done.

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