Hi! If you’re here looking for how to make Ana’s Biotic Rifle check out this construction post! This blog post just covers how to scale/print blueprints using the Biotic Rifle as an example!
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Today’s tutorial is all about using the program ‘Posterazor’ to scale and print your blueprints for cosplay. If you’re like me an photoshop isn’t your thing then this program is perfect for doing the work for you with little maths involved!
So what is Posterazor?
Posterazor is a free program available for download (Click Here) that was originally made so that you could make posters at home by uploading and image to the program, choosing the size by spreading it over (x) pages and then printing it.
More recently cosplayers have found a use for the program by using it to print their blueprints for props. It’s made extremely easy as the scale is just based on printing paper size. So you can lay paper out in your printing formation before printing to check your scale or just referencing the programs display.
It’s super easy!
Things you will need:
•A PC or laptop that can run the program
•Printing paper (depending on how many times you need to run prints this may be more or less)
•A PDF program (I used PDF suite 2013)
•A blueprint or reference image you want scaled
•Craft knife or scissors for cutting out the printed design
•Sellotape(clear) and painters tape (any thick tape will do) for taping the cut pieces together again.
For this tutorial I’ll be making Ana’s Biotic Rifle from Overwatch. Thought of course this tutorial can be used for any blueprint!
Biggest thank you to Cosplay Amino user Beariore for sending me their blue print they made for their Ana cosplay.
The first thing I did was download the PDF files Beariore sent me.
I decided to run a test print at this stage to test the size of the original blue print.
Sox my cat for scale.
I decided it was too small and wasn’t thick enough at the base of the gun and some added length wouldn’t hurt.
I fired up old MS Paint and pasted all of the portions into it (in order so they lined up) and then scaled the page down (the white around the gun) so that it was as close to the gun as possible. This is so that when the image is used in Posterazor there won’t be too much white and the blueprint will fill the pages better.
Less waste, save the planet
It looked like this when I was done, though the image has been intentionally blurred.
*I’ll get to that at the end of the post.
Next you want to open up Posterazor, there is a tutorial for using it on the site but I’m aiming to make it more clear.
Now you want to click ‘Input Image’ the file icon. Go through your files and find where you’ve saved your blueprint and open it into the program.
It’ll look like this once it’s uploaded.
Click next and it’ll go though printer formats. I personally don’t change anything on this page I’ve never needed to.
Click next again and it’ll come to image over lapping settings. Again I don’t change anything for this setting either as it makes lining your blueprint up once printed so much easier. There’s some trimming involved but I really do recommend leaving it this way.
Next is the easy part! Deciding on final size.
A grid format will appear over your image, using the width and height boxes you can change how many pages the image will be printed over.
Height refers to the amount of pages going up in the grid as indicated by the height arrow.
Width refers to the amount of pages going lengthways across the grid as indicated by the width arrow.
I was printing in portrait view but it will be similar using the landscape option too.
As the original print I tested with was only 4 pages in highly I thought 5 would be a good test. And as I wanted it to be wider I added another column (grid) of pages to increase the width.
Once you’re happy with the final size you can click next and then you’ll be brought to this page.
Click on the tick box ‘Launch PDF application after the poster is saved’.
And then save your scaled blueprint.
Your PDF application will then be launched with the blue print spread over the amount of pages you selected in the program.
I just made sure to check everything was okay and nothing was blurred or looked wrong.
Then you can hit print!
Before cutting anything out lay your pages out in order (ignore the overlap you just need to get an idea of size). Take a step back and check that this is the size you want. If it’s too big or small, go back into Posterazor and edit and repeat. If it the right size then celebrate and get rest to cut that thing out!
Here’s a size comparison of the original PDF size Beariore sent me (top) and then my newly rescaled blueprint (lower)
I really like the new size!
Cutting your blueprint out
I used a rotary cutting tool to cut my rifle out but ideally a craft knife would be better (I’m always loosing them). Or scissors.
Once everything is cut out you can start taping it back together. I used transparent tape for the printed side and then backed that with painters tape on the other side to give some extra support.
If you decided to go with the overlap option, trip the border edge (0.5cm) and then line up the over lap and tape it down. Because the overlap is printed it make it so much easier to line up.
Once you’ve finished taping you’re all done! And you’ll have a neat little blueprint ready for prop making!
Here is my finished Biotic Rifle.
And you’re all done! Get out there and make some blueprints and props! If you use this tutorial tell me what you’re making! Or what do you want to make? I’d love to hear!
*The complete image of the Biotic Rifle pattern was intentionally blurred for this tutorial as I don’t own the image. Like said earlier Beariore sent the (Original) image to me and after tracing over the image, addicting linework, scaling it, converting it into a PDF, scaling it again and then printing it.
All rights to the original image obviously belong to the original Reddit user/poster. If there are any issues please contact me, I’m more than happy to sort things out!
I’ve been really awful at documenting (taking photos of) my progress for Ana recently so here’s a tutorial for Posterazor which I originally threw together for Cosplay Amino.
I have got another project on the go at the moment being the Deathbrand Armour from Skyrim (Dragonborn DLC) and patterned it all, cut the foam base for it and got to the worbla stage and… lost interest. I have a few other projects in mind at the moment of what I want to move onto next starting with my 1860’s ballgown which IS happening. But I’m conflicted as to what I want to make as a cosplay. I’m heading to Hertfordshire on Monday and will go to some fabric stores there so I’m hoping that out of the cosplays I have in my head one will have all of the required fabric there and I’ll make that one! Maybe? It’s probably the worst way to decided on something but I really don’t know or feel overly inspired by anything right now.
Red? Blue? or Yellow?
The red tribunal robes is something overly detailed I want to make and suffer though, blue is Sombra who’s a very fun character and with my blue obsession I have right now the cyber skin is perfect and then the Ancient One who easily makes my list of favourite characters of 2016.
I could easily change my mind in the next few days but a new fabric haul is on its way. I will make up of the weeks I haven’t posted! I recently got a new laptop so I’m still setting that up, why is the file system on mac so weird?
AND I’ll have a post/vent about my university applications and acceptances!
That’s all for now, thank you for reading