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One thing I especially like about our Intel AIO is its sensitive touchscreen interface. Beyond simply using the keyboard for writing and the mouse for drawing, the touchscreen offers some options with writing or “Drawing” messages that seem much more personal. When you draw directly on the screen your handwriting style is captured in a way that can’t fully be done with a mouse. My Dad has a handful of pictures that he loves and I thought I’d take one of his favorites of us and make a personalized poster. I started with scanning the picture:
This is an old photo of me, my Dad, and his Dad overlooking Manzanita Oregon. The sky made for a nice field to write a personal message so I did that in Microsoft paint which, of course, comes with Windows 8. Microsoft has really expanded Paint in recent years and it plays well with touch-sensitive interfaces. It also supports multiple fingers at once so this can be a team effort! I drew with the “Oil Brush” setting in Paint and cropped the photo down a little:
This is a nice picture and all, but I wanted to blow it up to poster size to surprise Dad when he walks in the door. There are a few ways to accomplish this, even with a standard printer, but I decided to take an easy route with BlockPosters.com. They allow you to upload a picture and blow it up across multiple pages. I set the poster to be 3 pages wide, standard letter size, and keep a border. I also had them leave their watermark this time but that can be unchecked as well. After this is done you get a PDF file to download that can be printed out to construct your poster. Here is the result:
It came out exactly as I had hoped! I left the borders on intentionally because I think it’s easier to line them up and tape them if you trim the border on only one side and overlap it over the border on the next picture. Your mileage may vary and it’s probably worth testing the border-less printout to see if that works better for you. That certainly would save a step in trimming. Lining the pieces up to tape them is easier if you have a second set of hands helping hold the pages still. Here’s how it came together: