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How to convert a photo into a long banner

Aug 17, 2012 9:01 AM

How to make an almost square photo into a 10ft horizontal banner in CS6 Illustrator.

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    Aug 17, 2012 9:46 AM   in reply to ross43912

    Set up the artboard to be proportional to the final size (2 ft x ?), place the photo and tell the printer to print at 500%. The final ppi for a banner needs to be only 36 to 72 so the original will need to be at 180 to 360 ppi. Save as a PDF and set the Compression as follows


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    Aug 17, 2012 9:53 AM   in reply to ross43912

    Create a rectangle with stroke and no fill in front of the photo with the desired dimensions for a reference or as a guide and  fit the width of the photo in it in by scaling it proportionally. You have to decide which parts along the image's height will be masked out. After that select the rectangle and photo and apply Clipping Mask.

    The other ways of fitting is to stretch non-proportionally the image, or repeat it horizontally which is unlikely to be acceptable in most cases.


    edit: Hi Larry,

    @ross, as Larry suggested instead of the rectangle and masking, use the Artboard and the parts of the image outside of it will be clipped.

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