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Forum topic by Scootles posted 07-21-2014 07:57 PM 927 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2014 07:57 PM

I’m looking to carve something using a printed image as a template. How do I do it to scale? For example, it is roughly 10” wide on the screen, but I only want it to be 3” wide on the paper

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#1 posted 07-21-2014 08:10 PM

Well, one of the ways i use is to copy an image and paste it into a program like Microsoft Word or Something that has rulers across the top and along the side. Then I click and hold on the corner of the inserted picture and drag it to reduce it or enlarge it to the size I want. Dragging on the corner keeps the perspective correct between length and height. When I get it close using the scales on the screen, I print it and measure it more accurately with a ruler. Then I can tweak it up or down in size and print it again. Also, the size of the original image can have an effect on how it looks when enlarged and printed.

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#2 posted 07-21-2014 08:12 PM

10” – 66% would be about 3” so try setting your printer to that in “Printer Setup” under “file” if you are using Microslop.

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#3 posted 07-21-2014 08:31 PM

In Sketchup make sure you have the view mode set to parallel projection and are looking at one of the faces straight on (not at an angle). When you do that, print mode allows the option to print to scale. Just set the scale to 1:1. It usually helps to print in landscape orientation.

It’s possible to print to scale in a photo program like Gimp but it’s usually easier to import the image into Sketchup, then measure the size of the image and change the dimension to the desired size. This rescales the entire model around that one dimension you’ve selected.

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#4 posted 07-21-2014 11:51 PM

In Word, you can right click on the object and write in the dimension you want. I do it all the time. Print it and adjust if necessary.

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#5 posted 07-22-2014 03:03 AM

Thanks guys. Damn printer is printing everything in yellow with all new cartridges. >.<

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