How to Print Multiple PCB Layouts on a Single Sheet of Paper

The Problem
The problem with most PCB design software is that only a single PCB design can be printed in a single sheet of paper. If we copy the images and paste it many times the proportion may not be the same, resulting in smaller or larger print sizes than the actual size.
 
The Solution
There is a simple way of doing this. All you need is an image editing software with which you can set resolutions of the image. I currently use Microsoft Expression Design 2 for my layouts. You can use Adobe Photoshop also. If you want a freeware solution you can use Gimp, Paint.Net etc. Let us see how to achieve it using Eagle and Microsoft Expression Design 3. (Tested and Working Perfectly)
 
1. Export you PCB as image from Eagle. Set the resolution to any value(Recommended: 300). Large resolution results in large file size, large time to process and large accuracy of the printouts. Make sure that Monochrome option check box is selected
2. Open the exported image from Microsoft Expression Design 2.
3. Select all and copy it.
4. Create a new document (File -> New). A new dialog box appears (titled: New Document).
5. In the Presets select the paper size of your choice( I use A4). Set the resolution to the value you already set while exporting image from eagle.
6. That’s it! Almost Done! Now paste the image as many times you want and save the image as PDF.
7. While printing (from Adobe Reader) make sure that Page Scaling option is set to None and Choose paper source by PDF page size check box is selected. Uncheck the Auto-Rotate and Center check box.
 
I’m sure that’ll make your life easier with PCBs.
 
Note:
1. Don’t forget to post your experiences.
2. I am going to post the detailed methods using software packages other than Microsoft Expression Blend 2 here. Sign up for updates to this blog if you need it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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12 thoughts on “How to Print Multiple PCB Layouts on a Single Sheet of Paper

  1. Giovanni says:

    Thanks a lot!
    Your post was very useful for me: now I can print the blue sheets at once.
    I use Linux, and your method works perfectly also with Gimp and the PDF printer of CUPS.

  2. ssi says:

    The easy way to me is :
    Close .sch and leave only .brd
    On .brd : (select) that area you want to multiply and then .Go with mouse to selected and push on You kayboard and after that right mouse button (without release ). Move mouse and You have 2-nd copy of the board on 1 sheet.
    After printing close Eagle project and DO NOT save project 🙂

    • ssi says:

      Something happens and that’s why post again!
      Close .sch and leave only .brd
      On .brd : “group” (select) that area you want to multiply and then “copy” .Go with mouse to selected and push “Ctrl” on You kayboard and after that right mouse button (without release “Ctrl”). Move mouse and You have 2-nd copy of the board on 1 sheet.
      After printing close Eagle project and DO NOT save project 🙂

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  4. chinmey says:

    how to make mirror image of it ,and the layers we want to print appeares white and background as black how to make the layers we want to print as black

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