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    I have a picture of a track layout that I would like to enlarge to see how it would work on a table size that I have. Does anyone know of a technique for overlaying a picture with a grid so it can be printed out at full size? Or am I making this too hard and should just draw it on the table? BTW, the table does not exist yet... But I do have a frame for the future table! This is the track I would like to make on the table that does not exist.
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    Scott

    Why doesn't my car run like that?

    Scott

  • #2
    What is the size of your table in inches (or feet and inches)?

    Peter
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    • #3
      That would be 46 3/4 inches x 83 inches. A small table. And it may not fit as is. But it looks fun enough for a home test track. And why that size? I have a metal bed frame that is about that size.
      Scott
      Why doesn't my car run like that?

      Scott

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      • #4
        If you have a picture of the track you can take it to an office supply store and they could enlarge it to the size you need , someplace like Office Depot

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        • #5
          I think Office Max is another place you could go

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          • #6
            Interesting idea.
            Why doesn't my car run like that?

            Scott

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            • #7
              You can print out your image using poster capability. I think Microsoft Word use to have something built in to it but I can't seem to find that function in my version. Maybe they just took it out or I am mistaken. You might want to check if there are programs or online tools that can convert the image into poster size pieces suitable for printing on your own printer. Some image processing software may be able to do the same thing. I know this isn't really what you wanted by it might help. Each grid is 1' x 1', approximately, with the track image sized to fit on your table.

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              • #8
                I put your image in a rectangle 3.7 by 7 inches where each inch is roughly equal to a foot. The red squares I put over the image are 1 inch square representing 1 foot square.

                Hopefully this will help you see the relative size of features with respect to your table size.


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                • slothead
                  slothead commented
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                  I didn't see the post #7 before posting this.

              • #9
                And each inch does not have to equal a foot

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                • slothead
                  slothead commented
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                  Correct. Pete and I both stretched the image out to show it on a 4' x 7' grid, but can be interpreted as desired.

              • #10
                Import the picture into AutoCAD, then scale it based on the width you want between the lanes. That will give you the true scale of the track that you can then print or do whatever you want with.

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              • #11
                If you took your picture to a printer that does banners they could make it any size that you want. Printers like the picture to be in the .tiff format. If you wanted to print it full sized yourself you would have to do it in pieces and stick those together. If you get it printed as a banner it would be in one piece.

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                • #12
                  Fun looking layout, poster printing setup or spreadsheet overlay should work.

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