In screen printing, you might want to print something larger than will print on a single piece of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. But how to do it? There is software out there specifically designed to print stuff like this. It will break up the images, and print it in sections. But I am cheap. I didn’t want to pay $20 or more for a program that does nothing more than this. I started playing with some of the programs that I alreayd had. I couldn’t do it with Adobe Photoshop. It might be able to do it, but I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe a newer version has a feature for it (I am using version 3.5). I suppose I could just manually break the image up into smaller pieces, and print them on the transparencies. I tried Microsoft Word, but couldn’t get it to do it.
That I found the solution. Microsoft Excel!
Simply open Excel. Go to the Insert menu option, and select Picture. It will give you another menu, so select From File. A browse box will pop up, so use this to select the image that you want to print. This will insert your image into a single spreadsheet cell. Right-click on the image, and choose Format Picture. Under the Size tab, you will find the ability to adjust the size of your image. Make sure you have "Lock aspect ratio" checked, or it might distort your image.
Now you can print your image. Excel will automatically print the whole thing, using multiple sheets if needed. You can print whole banners if you want. I have used Excel to print a poster size image that was 5 pages wide, and 6 pages tall. So it was 30 pages in all. I just had to tape them all together.
So for screen printing, you would just print your image onto transparencies, and then tape the transparencies together (using transparent tape) into one contiguous image.