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Peter Pan
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How to draw circuits to print in A4?

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Adobe Acrobat reader has a feature that lets you print out a large document on several pages with overlap.
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Thanks,

usually i work in photoshop, the idea is then converted into Adobe Acrobat Reader to print?

(I saw some of your works and they are very good)
 
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Ohm sorry, I did not read your original post well enough.
My answer makes sense if yo uassume you already hade a pdf you want to print.

Drawing your own track is a lot of work, but it can be done.
There is a good tutorial somewhere on the FDe pages, using a program I do not know.
I have heard of photoshop ,but I have never used it.

My track has been drawn using inkscape, but I guess the same approach can be used.

This was the approach I used, not that photoshop is different, so some things will probably be different/easy/harder.

1) Make a path that follows the track you want to make.

2) Make a copy of that path and place it in a new layer. The new path should be 3,4 cm wide and white. Then make a copy of the original path and place it above the wide white path, It should be 3 cm and black. Do it again with paths of (2,95 cm, grey), (1 cm, black) and (0,9 cm grey), and you should have the basis of your track. I am unsure about the specific widths, try to see what looks nice.

3) Make the spaces for the straights: In a new temporary layer I used a pattern that I let inkscape copy and bend around the original track.
3a) In a new layer, I let inkscape copy and bend a single space around each lane to get an idea of where the seprations should be.
3b) In a new layer for spaces, draw the curve spaces and straoight spaces, using the layers in 3) and 3a) as frame.

4) Draw arrows, sidelines and corner start/stop-lines in a new layer (or more, I think I had one for each type).

5) Draw curve signs.

6) (or 0): make the background.

7) Playtest.

8) Make corrections based on playtest.

9) Playtest and if there still changes to do, go to 8).

10) Print out as PDF and let acrobat reader worry about the A4 stuff.

As you can see, I used a lot of layers, since that enabled me to create two different space sizes and see, which one I liked better.
I tried with 1,7cm and 2cm per space and ended up with the smaller size.

Making the track fun for you is alot of work, I am looking forward to seeing any results, good luck
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Peter Pan
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THANKS A LOT NIELS!

I see i will have a lot of work
 
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Niels - your track looks great!

Would you be happy to post your track in Inkscape (SVG?) format to help us new creators out?
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Re: Help to draw Tracks!?
If you have photoshop, you should be able to get your hands on Illustrator too.
Get that and then download my brush pack from here [url] http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/83149/formula-de-track...[/url]

It makes making tracks a lot easier.

If you then need to print out and your printer does not support 'tiling', export to photoshop, then save the image as a PDF (pdf is also a graphics format (photoshop can actually open acrobat files)) then open in acrobat and print using the software's tiling.
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I have placed an example .svg file in the files section here: link

Some of the layers marked 'auto' are not aligned (all of them, I think), but you should be able to see how I have made the different layers.
 
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