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Give Your Room a Beautiful Skyline View Using an Ordinary Printer

After moving into their new dorm room, Caleb Ungewitter and his roommate Kyle decided that their walls looked too empty, so they decided to decorate it with a photo. Not just any photo, mind you, but a gigantic do-it-yourself print of a beautiful city skyline. Using a free program called The Rasterbator, they converted the photograph into 152 separate frames, which they printed out themselves and attached to the wall in a grid.

The entire process took just 1.5 hours, and they created this time-lapse video condensing the process into three minutes:

If you want to try your hand at something similar, you can download the program for free. Be warned though — the ink (or toner) won’t be cheap.

The Rasterbator (via Reddit)


 
  • http://twitter.com/FightingTheLows FightingTheLows

    I dont get it. When I print it it just comes out as a bunch of little dots on the paper. What am I doing wrong?

  • Dida

    It’s easy: You just have to highly increase the Dots-per-Inch (DPI) Number. Then your prints will look way better! :)

  • Anonymous

    You need a rather large photo for this. Having said that there might be nothing wrong with dots on paper when it is not meant to be viewed from a close distance (have a close look at a billboard some time). Stand back, if it still looks like a mess than something else is wrong.

  • Ed1977

    That’s not how it works. You can increase the resolution of the image but you can’t just add pixels from out of nowhere and magically make the image finer. It’s a bit more complicated than that.

  • will hall

    If that is indeed 19×8 A4 pages, then at 300 dpi that would be a 1.3 gigapixel image, or 77 megapixels at 72 dpi. Not neccesarily something everyone has, i got loads though http://lifeinmegapixels.com/gallery if anyone wants to use them get in touch

  • will hall

    If that is indeed 19×8 A4 pages, then at 300 dpi that would be a 1.3 gigapixel image, or 77 megapixels at 72 dpi. Not neccesarily something everyone has, i got loads though http://lifeinmegapixels.com/gallery if anyone wants to use them get in touch

  • will hall

    Also I’ve done this before (although not to the same scale) with another presumably similar piece of software called posterazor . Worked well but now i work somewhere with access to a 36″ printer so am unlikely to bother again too soon

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001831092921 Leno Brookins

    My ink :[

  • Anonymous

    Cool project but I’m kinda sure it will cost you less to order the print in a bigger size then have to print all those A4/US letter at home. It’s kinda expensive to print at home Vs lab prints.

  • Evlhamburglar

    My friends and I have been using the program for years, it has helped to decorate large empty walls for parties.  It helps to have several different people print out sets of pictures.  Then the cost is spread around, or free if you have access at work to a laser printer.

  • Gulliver

    Cool project!  Dull video though.

  • Montanaimagery

    What did you use to attach the images to the wall?

  • no name :(

    awsomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee