In my last post, I showed you how I made 4 Halloween pillows for only $10, I used Google Docs to print a larger design to transfer onto my pillows. I wanted to do a quick post on how I do that before moving on to my next project. It’s very simple to do. Before we start, I want to apologize for the photos to follow. I was trying to take photos of my laptop as we go through to make it easier to understand. Have you ever tried taking a photo of a computer screen. Yeah-not that great. Anyway he we go.
I use Google Docs instead of Microsoft pretty much because, well I don’t have Microsoft on my laptop. Oh and Google Docs is free. Pretty sure you have to have some kind of Google account like Gmail but if not it is very easy, and free, to sign up for one. Then you put into your search “Google Docs”
After clicking the link you will be taken to the home page were you click on “Go to Google Docs”
You will then be brought to the new page were you see “Blank, Resume, Letter Ect” at the top. If you have used Google Docs before, you will see a list of your recent documents underneath. Click on the “Blank” document to begin.
I always use Google Docs Drawing, not sure why. Well probably because I am uploading an image that I have designed from the Canva app and I’m not actually making a document. Anyway that is what I do.
Next under “File” you click of “Page Setup.” A box will open up in the center of your page. Click on the drop down box and click “Custom” That is where you type in 8 x 11 or 11 x 8 depending on if you want to print a portrait or landscape.
I am working on a 18 x 18 pillow cover so I will type in 8 x 11 portrait. Next upload your file. I got my image as a free printable, so I just copy and pasted it. Then just adjusted the image to fit the page.
When you are happy with your image, next you will click print. When your print box opens up, at the bottom you will see “Print using system dialog” Click on that.
A new print box will open up. There you click on “Preferences.” In your Printing Preferences you will see 5 tabs at the top, click on “Page Setup”
Under the “Page Setup” you will see “Page Layout” Scroll over to where is says “Poster” then click “Specify”
A new box will pop up and that is where you choose how big you want your print out to be. I choose “Divided into 2” because again I am working on a 18 x 18 project.
Lastly, click “OK” in the last 2 boxes that popped up and then “Print” After your design prints out, there will be a few dotted lines on each page to help you center it. I usually just cut that little extra off and tape it to my project.
This is the project I am working on now that I will be transferring onto my pillow. I have already cut the top off and scribbled on the back, but just wanted to give you an idea of what the “Divided into 2” portrait printout would look like.
This is one of my projects that I tile printed and transferred to a 24 x 36 canvas that is now hanging in our family room. The photo below I choose the “Divided into 16 (4×4)” option which comes out to be roughly 30 x 41 inches.
Hopefully, that was kind of easy to understand. I suggest playing with it a little bit. It takes some time to figure out but when your do, you will not be limited to an 8 x 11 project.
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