• Part of a roofline shows from one building. Trees with fall color leaves on them fill most of the photo. A lamp-post is near center of the photo.

    Harpers Ferry Center

Printing Oversized PDF Maps

National Park Service maps come in various sizes. Maps smaller than your printer's paper size will print at full scale on one page in Acrobat Reader. Maps larger than your printer's paper size will center and crop the map, printing only the section of the map that fits on the page.

While page tiling is not possible from the free version of Acrobat Reader, you may still reduce the map to fit on a page. If a map is slightly larger than your printer’s paper size and you want to reduce it to fit on one page, select "Shrink oversized pages to paper size" in the Acrobat Reader Print dialog box.

You must have the full retail version of Adobe Acrobat and a Postscript-compatible printer driver to print maps significantly larger than your printer’s paper size using "page tiling." Acrobat divides the oversize map into tiles (or sections), with each section printing on a separate page. You can then manually cut and tape these sections together.

Make sure you un-check "Shrink oversized pages to paper size" and then select the "Advanced” button on the Acrobat Print dialog box. Select "Automatic" to tile the map across multiple sheets of paper. You may specify an "Overlap" amount, "Scale" the print output, and include "Tile Marks" to help you cut and tape the tiled pages together.

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