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HowTo: Free and Huge custom poster for your wall

Aibek Esengulov 05-02-2007

Here, I want to quickly illustrate how to create, huge(up to 20 meters), awesome looking, rasterized wall posters using previously mentioned Rasterbator You have no idea what you can do with Images Read More . It’s free and easy to use piece of software and the whole procedure won’t take you more then 5-10 min(not incl. poster printing and putting it on your wall). Enjoy!


IMPORTANT: This procedure uses considerable amount of ink and if you don’t set printing setting to a moderate level it will kill your cartridge.


1. Get Rasterbator: You can either download it from here or use its web version. Although, keep in mind that online version puts some restrictions on output size and resolution

2. Run rasterbator and select source image

3. Select paper size and alignment: The rasterbated image will be automatically split onto several pages, so you need specify the format of each unit paper(A4, A3 etc) and its alignment(horizontal or vertical). If you plan to print poster yourself then make sure to select paper format supported by your printer(ex; A4)


4. Define output size: Output size is defined by the amount of papers to be used for image width or height. For instance, you can tell rasterbator to produce a poster with a width equivalent to 12 horizontally-aligned A4 papers(see poster below).

5. Set rasterbation options: Specify color and resolution settings

6. Select output directory and press Press ‘Rasterbate!’

7. Done: Print it and put it on your wall

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  2. Sedrik
    October 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Cool watching)
    This is a good variant to make a huge poster, but im using prog made by ronyasoft, simple in usage)
    hope ull enjoy,see u ;)

  3. picture to poster
    November 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    That's pretty cool but I would just go to PosterBurner.com and pay 25 bucks to get a real poster. I don't have enough time do do this. However, when I was in college I might have done it.

  4. Jon McCluskey
    August 20, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    This is a crazy idea! Only because it looks great and might hurt our Australian Poster Printing business. :P

  5. Bianca
    June 21, 2009 at 4:13 pm


  6. Meher
    May 20, 2009 at 12:01 am


  7. hegro
    May 6, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    IS there anyone who could find a good clean crisp high definition pisture from the Boondock Saints. The same image as the one up top. I have been searching for a long time but I can't seem to find a good image of it. There are plenty of them online but they are on the smaller size and they are usually not high def.

  8. billybob
    December 31, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    i think it is a motorcycle

  9. Devicepedia
    October 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Wow! This is what im looking for! Time to pimp my room!

  10. miller
    September 2, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    bondocks saints. great movie!!!

  11. ladonna
    August 21, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    sooooooooo awesome

  12. quepasamenso
    August 17, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    is there any way to put each of the tiles into an image file instead of printing? so i could go to some school library and print these quickly instead of using my ink or a relatives ink

  13. Travis McCrea
    June 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    http://www.blockposters.com <-- You should also check out this site... same thing, only less complex and no "waiting in line"

  14. christian jean
    March 22, 2008 at 8:37 am

    My black ink cartridge was brand new, and costed me somewhere between 15 and 20 euros (that makes what in dollars, think about it, damn) . I say "was" because I printed one little poster (9 pages) of a black and white image. In just 9 pages it killed a cartridge that was completley new. I wanted to do a temp job of covering up a hole in my bedroom door before my family came all the way from america to france to visit me, and I just screwed myself. should have just bought a 5 euro poster cuz the end result was just 9 pages of black dots which dont even resemble the original image...jesus it just ate the shit right out of my ink, leaving me with something I cant even put up on the door. I wish rasterbator had warned me something like "this will kill your ink, if your even thinking of doing something over a normal poster size, plan on replacing your cartridge once or twice before the printing is done". I just finished disputing for an hour with my soon to be wife over the horrible waste of money I just accomplished. crap, it took me a year of doing normal letters and copies of forms and stuff from time to time, before I finished my last black cartridge, and just killed an entire one in one fell swoop of 9 pages of printing. thanks rasterbator. and of course, as I have been told, it wasnt rasterbators fault, it was mine for not realizing that 9 pages would do what took me a year to do with normal printing. just a warning to anyone who might do like me and print without thinking about it first. this whole thing just ruined my day. I'm getting married in week, have bills coming out the ass, and really didnt have 15 euros to piss away for nothing, and then had the pleasure of getting my ass royally bitched out for it. cool. wonderful.

    • Aibek
      March 22, 2008 at 12:24 pm


      Hey buddy, I am very sorry to hear that. I updated the post and added "important" note to warn other users about it.

  15. Ryan
    January 23, 2008 at 11:05 am

    1) How many times can Aibek say this is not his room, poster or crotch rocket before people catch on?

    2) This is sweet; I'm worried about the 'glue' on my wall though. That blue-tak stuff sucks as it leaves an oily dot on your wall and paper, and it also leaves weird bumps where you press. Does anyone have any other ideas?

    3) This is not Aibek's room, poster or crotch rocket :D


  16. Proofreading Services
    November 15, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Awesome tutorial. I want one of those.

  17. Carrie
    October 30, 2007 at 10:04 am

    This is great. I will have to make one of my son on his wall. Thank you
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  18. Aibek
    October 2, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    @ KRoq

    It seems to me that your resolution settings are slightly messed up, probably too low. I would recommend following. Before printing anything large, first try to rasterbate your image on 4 A4 sheets (2x2) and keep resolution settings on relatively high level (smaller dots). If it works out well, it means there is nothing wrong with your settings, and probably you just did something wrong on your first try.

  19. KRoq
    October 1, 2007 at 1:25 am

    I downloaded the Rasterbator and the Net Framework files, but when I rasterbated the image, the PDF just comes out as a series of large dots - the former image is unrecognizable. What could be the issue?

  20. hiutopor
    September 17, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Hi all!

    Very interesting information! Thanks!


  21. Aibek
    September 11, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    I guess some electrical appliance. One thing for sure, it has nothing to do with poster.

  22. kat
    September 11, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Whats plugged into the wall.. It's an awesome poster but were does the wire lead?

  23. sopitikoj
    September 8, 2007 at 2:31 pm


    great job!!!


  24. Aibek
    September 5, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    it's a poster from the movie 'Boondock Saints'.

  25. LAX
    September 5, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    where can i find picture-poster like this?

  26. tovorinok
    July 5, 2007 at 3:33 am


    Great book. I just want to say what a fantastic thing you are doing! Good luck!


  27. Aibek
    July 4, 2007 at 6:20 pm


    The thing is when it comes to web, even cheap is a lot.

  28. Brian
    July 4, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Nice R1 I cant belive anyone could actually be arsed to do this...i can remember the first software that did this :) never thought it would catch on when getting poseters printed is relativly cheap.

  29. Aibek
    June 29, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    You're welcome. ;-)

  30. Jakob
    June 29, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title MakeUseOf.com. Thanks for informative article

  31. Jordan
    June 28, 2007 at 3:40 am

    To avoid damaging your walls, try using double-sided scotch tape. I'd have some extra paint on hand -- you might have to do some touching-up when you get ready to move, but that way you don't have to use glue. And blue tak will make the poster look all lumpy.

  32. Aibek
    May 31, 2007 at 11:34 pm


    It's not my poster... I think I would use glue.

  33. Aibek
    May 31, 2007 at 11:30 pm


    Sounds awesome... Although, I am not sure how this can be done. Check out if rasterbator (or similar) provides custom option for paper format option (A4/A5/ etc.). If it does, then simply entering CD-box side lengths as paper size parameters should do the trick.

  34. hurahey
    May 30, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    how did u stitch those papers to the wall
    some king of tape, or glue

  35. dem
    May 30, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    where the hell you get these high ress pictures

  36. Michael R. Barrick
    May 15, 2007 at 3:56 am

    Been there, done that. I used to print multi-panel posters like this using strips of fan-fold paper in a dot-matrix printer twenty years ago.

  37. Bobbydacron
    April 15, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    I have just printed my own picture out, its great. However, does anyone know how I could print this out using the inserts for a cd. It would still be letter sized paper however the margins would be reduced significantly. My goal is to print this off, slide them into CD Jewel cases, and then hang the CD jewel cases on the wall. Just trying to do something a little different. Any thoughts?

  38. robert
    March 19, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    hi all. nice blog. its very ineresting article.

  39. Anonymous
    March 18, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Cheer up, emo kid

  40. Lyndsey
    March 16, 2007 at 3:29 am

    Very cool! I only wish that the program had a name that you could say out loud without fifteen people turning around and looking at you...

  41. Andy
    March 7, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Brilliant! I wish I had this in my first year of uni, this is any art appreciating students dream, free giant posters of anything you like, class.

  42. Aibek
    March 1, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    I am not the one who printed this image out. There is a link to the authors' profile next to the image. He can be more helpful with this. Although, grayish effect can be achieved by choosing light black color as a base color for rasterbation.

  43. Wolfie
    March 1, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    How did you get The Boondock Saints picture greyish, what tools dod you use? I've used the rasterbator before but that is with colour. Please reply.

  44. Aibek
    February 17, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    I don't there is a direct way to keep resolution intact, at least not with ratserbator. However reducing dot size(in settings) leads to higher resolution. Make sure you got lots of ink though before you do that :-)

  45. Windows Vista
    February 17, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    How to keep the resolution intact !! I have 1600x900 image and its coming kinda hazy ...

    da printer is fine tho.

    K i ll check some settings in da mean time.

  46. Siddharth Menon
    February 17, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    Wow nice .. will check this out nw.

  47. UncleDez
    February 14, 2007 at 6:06 am

    Leave the guys picture alone!!! He didn't put i up here saying "look at my awesome picture choice" he put it up here to show what you can do. If you don't like the picture, DO ANOTHER ONE!!!

  48. Aibek
    February 13, 2007 at 8:18 am

    if your printer came with custom software try looking there. You may also check out download section on manufacturer's site, maybe they have something for this.

  49. razta
    February 12, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    craigeth: Wouldnt the printer still print the black parts of the image? How would you let the printer know your using black paper and not white? Cant seem to find anything in the printer settings.

  50. Sherri
    February 8, 2007 at 6:20 am

    I wonder if ironing the backs of prints on walls would transfer? It would make a good base for a mural if it worked.

    Thanks for the cool tutorial 8^)

  51. Mikey Boom
    February 7, 2007 at 9:22 pm

    cool site man, i dig it

  52. mark boyce
    February 7, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    whats that poster/picture from?

  53. craigeth
    February 7, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    razta: if you're printing a lot of black stuff, just use black colored paper already bought from a stationary shop.

    to all you idiots who think that thing is glued. WTF?? since when do you glue paper to walls? ever heard of blue tak?

  54. Chest
    February 7, 2007 at 11:25 am

    You're an emo douche who parks his motorcycle in his room.

  55. craigeth
    February 7, 2007 at 9:40 am

    how'd you get a high res image??

  56. willis
    February 7, 2007 at 4:43 am

    great toy...
    used to do these for the loft i lived in a while back....

    as for the boondock st's, they weren't right wing religious anything.
    they were a couple of irish guys who got fired from their meatpacking jobs, so they decided to start killing mafia guys for cash...
    not because they were sinners, but because no one would really give two big turds about a bunch of mobsters getting offed.

    take off your blinders...
    hate the movie for it's premise of casual violence, and ron jeremy cameo, as opposed to some right wing agenda your medication helped you imagine....

    personally, i agree with the previous awesome except fr lame crotch rocket, but thats a personal bias against crotch rockets.

  57. that guy
    February 7, 2007 at 3:55 am

    The saints are awsome, the pic is great. And for those of you who don't like the movie... re-watch it with an open mind.... shame on you for only picking up the obvious.

  58. Fred Fortin
    February 7, 2007 at 3:03 am

    really nice poster!

  59. Gib
    February 7, 2007 at 2:40 am

    Dude! AWESOME! Love the saints!

  60. Jewe
    February 6, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    @sylvia: You don't need a Mac Version...if you use Photoshop you got an option in the output settings for printing to create tiles posters...same for PC, but there you got the program ;)...

  61. sylvia
    February 6, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    how does it work for MAC's?

  62. dorota
    February 6, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    love the concept but not the picture.

  63. Graham Fitzjohn
    February 6, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    How do you stick the prints up without the ink running
    from the paste you apply to the back of the paper ?

  64. VeryLiberating.com
    February 6, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Gotta love the Boondock Saints!!!


  65. razta
    February 6, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Just tried to print a picture of winston churchill (black and white) mostly black. 6 X 4 A4's. Printed 12 pages then my ink ran out! :-(

    Looks god so far... gona invest in more ink tomorrow! :-)

    Great software, bit harsh on the ink. Any one know any tricks on reducing ink usage?

    • adijumi
      July 24, 2009 at 2:44 pm

      The start filling ink in cartridges at home. I'm filling mine with ink just fot about a 1.2$ per cartridge.

  66. Aibek
    February 6, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    refer to comment above

  67. skippy
    February 6, 2007 at 8:20 pm

    To bad you had to print a picture from such a stupid movie about right wing religous nutt jobs shooting anyone who they think is a sinner. Horrible. Shame on you.

  68. Exclusive Rap Hip Hop Spot
    February 6, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    Very nice I'm gonna try this when i get home lol

    All I need know is a good picture..

  69. Xig
    February 6, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Awesome! I made one this afternoon and put it up on my wall with blutak (man that was a lot of blutak...) Thanks for spreading the word!

  70. ben2k9
    February 6, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    is that a couch and carpeting in your garage or do you always park your motorcycle in your living room.

  71. Aibek
    February 6, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    thanks Hank, actually you're a 2'nd person telling me that. Next week I'll run a poll on it . If majority votes against it I'll remove it.

  72. rafa
    February 6, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    long time searching for something like this!
    but how can i do this point effect with photoshop?

    please help me! thank you

  73. Hank
    February 6, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    GET RID OF SNAP! IT'S ANNOYING! Oh, and cool idea.

  74. David E
    February 6, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    I did this with a giant Chuck Norris picture. we put it up with some tape and alot of staples directly into the wall. This method was not particularly clean for our walls, but has lasted a really long time (been up over a year).

  75. Amit
    February 6, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Very cool. Your article was quick, simple and to the point.

  76. GGoi
    February 6, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    You don't really need Rasterbator!
    Upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets wide you would like your poster to be; Once you're happy with your selection, you can download the PDF file containing your newly created images and print each one massively blown up, resulting in a huge poster to stick on your wall ...


  77. Aibek
    February 6, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    people, that’s not my bike, neither it’s my poster. I wanted to illustrate how good it can look.
    Although, now I feel like showing off my Ducati along with mine rasterbator creation. As soon as I get matching frames, I’ll post it on about page.

  78. rolandog
    February 6, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Awesome! The Boondock Saints FTW!

  79. Do it yourself
    February 6, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Directions for Rasterbator huh? Lame. Look, I'll simplify your entire blog in this comment:

    Go Here ----> homokaasu.org/rasterbator/

  80. Psychic Readings
    February 6, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    lol funny..

  81. SilverRavage
    February 6, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Nice BIKE!!!! And nice poster I used to have a huge one of wayne static on my wall.

  82. Lukas
    February 6, 2007 at 11:47 am

    The poster is cool...but that crotch rocket ruined it.

  83. dclaw
    February 6, 2007 at 11:13 am

    it's from the movie; the boondock saints

  84. Camille
    February 6, 2007 at 11:09 am

    What's the image you are using, I'm sure I've seen those guys before.

  85. Ivan Minic
    February 6, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Looks like a very cool idea to me :)

  86. colorsanto
    February 6, 2007 at 2:49 am

    how did you glued it on the wall?