Giant Picture – tutorial!

I posted awhile an image that showed off the giant picture I made for my girls’ room – finally, the tutorial is here!  It was so cheap – around $13 (that’s $8 for the print, and another $5 worth of an $11 foam board because you won’t need to use the whole board….)

UPDATE Sept 2012: - – I LOVE this project so much that I made another one for my Dining Room – and this time I mounted it on plywood.  Get details and a tutorial for mounting on plywood at this link: Giant Picture for Cheap, take 2

First, I saw on IAmMommaHearMeRoar that you could make big prints at office stores (Office Max, Office Depot) for cheap – just ask for the “Engineer’s Print”.  Awesome.  The only downside is it is in black-and-white, but I liked that, so it wasn’t a problem.  
So here we go, on to the tutorial- - 
Giant Picture Tutorial Step 1: The Picture
This will be a black and white photo, so make sure there aren’t too many details or a busy background.  Natural lighting is best you take the picture.  I had my girls go outside before school so I could get a good snapshot of them in natural light – then I used photoshop to turn it black and white.  

I put the image on a jump drive data stick thingy and took it with me to the office store.  I’m sure you could email them the image as well.

Then head off to the office store and ask for “the biggest engineer’s print you can make” and hand over your jump drive.  Mine is 4 feet by 3 feet, which didn’t seem that big til I hung it in their room and BAM, it’s gigantic, but I’m okay with it.  Anyways, it was about $8.

They warned me that it wouldn’t be “photo-quality” – - but hey, for $8, it was good enough for me!
I snapped a quick picture of the picture so you can see the quality — up close it’s not dead-on crisp, but who’s looking that close anyways.  And it’s not pixely at all…this is the bangs of the daughter on the right…

Update:  Some readers have reported that their office store will no longer do a photo as an Engineer print – I hope that’s not widespread, because these are AWESOME.

Now that you have your picture, you’ll need to put it on something – so I talk about that next…

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Giant Picture Tutorial Step 2: The Foam Board

Step 1: The Picture
Step 2: The Foam Board
Step 3: Mounting the Picture to the Board
Step 4: Hanging the Picture

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