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Old 01-06-2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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I recently saw an article on how to calculate the percentage of enlargement when enlarging a pattern on a copy machine. Since then I have not been able to locate it again. Does anyone know where it might be, or how to do it? Basically it would be determining the percentage ammount that you would have to set the copy machine inorder to get a pattern to a certain size.
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I would just use this formula:

Size of pattern desired
-------------------------------- x 100
Size of pattern in hand

Whatever number you come up with, enter that as a percentage value into your copier. Make sure to keep units of measurement the same (eg use inches for both numerator and denominator)

You only have to use one dimension in the formula (eg measure the pattern's height to the desired height) and the other dimension (width) will proportionately resize.
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There is also a handy gizmo called a Proportional Scale. Its a wheel type thing that gives you the percentage for reducing or enlarging patterns on a copy machine. A friend who works at Kinko's gave me one and it works great. Just a matter of turning the inside wheel to the size you need and it will give you the %. You can pick one up I'm sure on the net easy enough.
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I use Photoshop Elements. Crop the image, go to print preview and there you can enlarge by percent and it shows the new size.
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There is also a handy gizmo called a Proportional Scale. Its a wheel type thing that gives you the percentage for reducing or enlarging patterns on a copy machine. A friend who works at Kinko's gave me one and it works great. Just a matter of turning the inside wheel to the size you need and it will give you the %. You can pick one up I'm sure on the net easy enough.

I have one from working in the Graphic Arts industry...pretty sure you can get one locally...if not there are some on ebay...

Staedtler Proportional Scale 5671PSI | eBay
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I use Rapid Resizer Download Pattern Enlarging + Design Software | Free Trial It works great you put in the size you want and it prints it for you. It will print on as many pages as it needs to to make the pattern that size.
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I resize my patterns all the time and use a program I have, called "paint"
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