How 2 Print your Pumpkin Patterns

This tutor will show you how to print your pumpkin patterns
And Have the pattern Fill your Sheet of paper

Most Pattern sites including this one will add, a Copyright notice, or the websites Logo, and sometimes carving directions to the Pattern
this is a must for any site, but it does create wasted paper space for the actual pattern image.

We want to get the most from our pattern on one sheet of paper.

Most carvers Carve Medium, Large and Jumbo size pumpkins

this tutor will show you, how to print a pattern to match the size of your pumpkin.

For this Tutor I'm going to use Paint Shop Pro X2

Almost Every Graphic Program has the same tools needed
including MS Paint and other freely available programs.


First were going to load our pattern, in our graphic Program.

Notice all the dead white space around the pattern.


If we print the pattern AS-IS (in Portrait) this is what we'll get

Again there is too much wasted dead space, we want to "Fill" as much of the sheet with the Image.

Now all were going to do, is Crop the Image.

Just put a Crop Box around the actual image

Croping OUT most of the dead space.


You can see in the little print preview window
The pattern will fill most of the sheet Now.

Make sure you pick the best orientation for the pattern you are printing in this example (Portrait) will give us a larger print out.
Also make sure you click the "fit to page".

Some programs may have a "scale to paper" check box instead

Then just Hit the Print button

And your pattern will fill the page, and will now print much larger than it would originally.


One more Example:

this time we will use a Pumpkin Masters Pattern Called "Night-Mare"

If Printed As-IS the actual pattern Size is 7 1/2 inches x 6 1/2 inches

Not so good for a 8 1/2 x 11 Standard sheet.

Here's the Same Pattern Page Cropped

I left very little dead space

when Printed the Image size is NOW
8 1/2 inches x 7 1/2 inches

As you can see we now have a Larger Pattern that will not only fill more of the front of the pumpkin

But will also be a lot eaiser to carve for every shape is now a little larger.


If you Need a Pattern Really Large for a Jumbo Pumpkin

this year, I needed a 16 inch High pattern for a carving Contest on a Jumbo pumpkin.

you can always use a Poster Program to blow it up,

I use a Program called Poster Printer Only $19.95

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. You Can Crop your Patterns right in this Program

I actually Use this Program to print "ALL" My Patterns, Even The Single Sheet Patterns. Like I stated Above, I crop Every Pattern before Printing to maximize the size of the image.

This page will show how I use The poster program to print my Pumpkin patterns

Ultimately if you have the Money
You can purchase a large scale printer
For all your patten printing needs,

I recommend the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Photo Printer
This printer can print Brilliant 13" x 19" prints/pattern
on one sheet of paper.
You can also load letter or legal size sheets.and Print directly on CDs and DVDs

Price is about $179 to $299


So the Best Advice is to Crop Your Patterns.
Before Printing!

I crop every single pattern
before printing
even if it just makes it a smidge larger
I want to fill the sheet with as much of the pattern image as possible.