After publishing the post about my DIY large-scale art a few weeks back, I received quite a few requests for a free printable version of my edited image.
I did contemplate sharing it originally, though didn’t want to breach any copyright laws or kill my site’s bandwidth due to the large file size.
I have since gained permission from the Biodiversity Heritage Library to on-share the image so decided to look into hosting the download elsewhere to save crashing my blog!
You may recall that in my original post I mentioned finding the image on Internet Archive.
Internet Archive is a digital repository which pools its content from a variety of online sources. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is one such source and was the origin of my Heron illustration.
To make things super easy for you guys, I have reduced the size of my image slightly so it will fit perfectly within any large (60cm x 90cm/24″ x 36″) standard poster frame! How cool is that? If you’re unsure where to find large poster frames, check out your local dollar and discount department stores, do a quick Google search or head into Ikea – they have a few to choose from! Of course, you can always DIY your own custom frame if you’d prefer, or use a thrifted one as long as the proportions will work with the aspect ratio of the image.
Now, onto the printing.
There are heaps of places which offer printing services. If you’re not certain where to start looking, check out your local office supplies store or have a Google around for “print and copy services”. You can visit a store in person or use an online interface. I personally prefer the ease and convenience of uploading my artwork online then having my print delivered direct to my door.
For the purpose of this post I’ll outline how to use three online services; Officeworks (Australia), Office Depot (USA) and Costco (Canada). Of course, you can chose to have your image printed through which ever service you personally prefer, just make sure you meet their particular document set-up specifications.
HOW TO HAVE YOUR IMAGE PRINTED VIA OFFICEWORKS ONLINE
1 Download the free printable (Heron – Officeworks) located towards the end of this post.
3 Select Colour Posters.
4 Check the B1 (707mm x 1000mm) option ($29).
Note: You can also choose to upgrade your material to 200gsm gloss or satin paper for an additional $13.
5 Click Upload Your Design then Select File and choose the image you wish to upload (be patient, the upload may take a few minutes).
6 Once uploaded, you will see a preview of your poster. If you’re happy with everything, click Accept Digital Preview & Add To Cart.
7 At checkout you can choose to collect the poster in person from an Officeworks store or have it delivered to your door.
HOW TO HAVE YOUR IMAGE PRINTED VIA OFFICE DEPOT ONLINE
1 Download the free printable (Heron – Office Depot) located towards the end of this post.
3 Select the 24″ x 36″ ($19.99) option from the Poster Size drop-down and ensure Portrait orientation is checked.
Note: There is no need to check the Fit To Size box as I have already sized the image exactly. You can also chose to upgrade your material from the selections in the Paper Type drop-down.
4 Click Upload Your Files then My Computer and choose the image you wish to upload (be patient, the upload can take several minutes).
5 Once uploaded, you will see a preview of your poster. If you’re happy with everything, click Add To Cart.
6 At checkout you can choose to collect the poster in person from an Office Depot store or have it delivered to your door.
HOW TO HAVE YOUR IMAGE PRINTED VIA COSTCO ONLINE
1 Download the free printable (Heron – Costco) located towards the end of this post.
3 Click Photo Prints.
4 Click Upload Photos then Upload Photos From My Computer and then the Add+ button and choose the image you wish to upload.
5 Click the Start Upload button.
6 Once uploaded, tick the checkbox beneath the preview of your image then click Order Selected Prints (you will be directed to your shopping cart where you can confirm print options).
7 In the Photo Finish section check Glossy or Matte and ensure As Is is checked.
Note: The 24″ x 36″ print size specifies “Lustre Only” however just to be safe I suggest selecting your preference of Glossy or Matte also.
8 In the Quantity section place a number 1 (or whichever quantity you prefer) in the 24×36 box ($17.99) and click the Apply button.
9 Scroll down to the Prints section and ensure the correct size and quantity are specified in the area below the print preview. If you’re happy with everything, click Continue.
10 At checkout you are asked to enter a Costco Membership Number and a valid Contact Phone Number. You can then click the Pick Up At Warehouse button and specify which store you would like to collect your print from. Click Continue.
11 In the Review & Place Order page under Print Options ensure AutoCorrect is Off. If it’s On, click Edit (beside the Print Options text) and check the box beside Do Not AutoCorrect My Prints.
12 Once you’re happy with everything, click Place Your Order.
Whilst I have pre-sized this image to fit within a standard large poster frame, there is room to enlarge it (within reason – perhaps by around 30% in order to maintain quality) if you wish to create a larger art piece, and of course it can also always be reduced.
If you would like to custom size, or further edit, my image though aren’t quite sure how to go about it, be sure to check out my Free Printables series for everything you need to know.
Note: As touched on above, due to the large file size of these images, I am hosting them externally (on Google Drive) to save killing my bandwidth.
To download, click one of the above buttons to be directed to the corresponding Google Drive page (allow a few moments for the document to load). Once there, click the arrow icon at the top of the screen to download (you may be presented with a Virus Scan message – rest assured, the document is clean). Depending on your connection speed, please allow a minute or so for download.
Don’t be concerned if the image quality appears super poor on your computer monitor. The canvas texture I have applied can present strangely on screen due to image compression. If you zoom in (magnifying glass icon at the top right of the screen) the depicted quality should improve within a few moments.
For the purpose of this post I have created three different downloads in order to meet the different upload requirements of the Officeworks, Office Depot and Costco online services.
:: Officeworks suggests that digital images should be sized in-line with their paper sizes. As they don’t carry a standard large poster size option, I have created a “canvas” at 70.7cm x 100cm (707mm x 1000mm) to match their nearest paper size. The actual printed image will be 60cm x 90cm.
:: Office Depot does allow for the direct upload of 24″ x 36″ images so a larger “canvas” isn’t required.
:: Costco doesn’t support PDF files so I have created a JPG document and reduced the resolution slightly in order to meet their maximum upload limit of 25 MB.
If you intend to use an alternate printing service, I would suggest using the “Heron – Office Depot” image. Just ensure the particular document set-up specifications of the printing company are met.
Did anyone else notice I just published two posts in the one week? I better go and lay down :)
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If you’re after a pair of large-scale bird posters, be sure to check out this post for my free printable crane.