How to reduce the size of your pricking pattern for delicate results

By | Monday 22 December 2008

One of my blog readers, Jackie Welch, has sent me a picture of a card she has made with a reduced size pattern. Jackie says “I am quite pleased at how delicate the design looks”. If you fancy having a go at this it is easy to reduce the size by changing the print settings in Adobe Reader.

reduced tree

Jackie used the free Form-A-Lines Christmas tree pattern for her example card. In the above picture you can see a standard sized design on the left and Jackie’s card on the right. She has reduced the size of the pricking pattern by a third.

print settings

You can alter the settings in Adobe Reader to scale the picture to the size you want.

1. Open the pattern file in Adobe Reader and select “Print” from the “File” menu.

2. This will open a print dialogue box.

3. In the “Page Handling” section look for “Page Scaling” and select “Tile all pages” from the drop-down menu (see the above picture).

4. Another box will then appear below this called “Tile Scale”.

5. Set this to the required percentage. Jackie used 67% on her card.

6. The pattern can now be printed at the chosen reduced size.

Alternative method

Another way of reducing the pattern size is to select a narrower size of paper when you print the pattern and set the Adobe Reader “Page scaling” to “Fit to paper”. For example if you select “Executive” as the paper size (if it is listed on your printer) this is 7.25 inches wide so the pattern will be reduced by about 20%. You do not need to change the actual paper in your printer to do this.

8 thoughts on “How to reduce the size of your pricking pattern for delicate results

  1. lin Pagden

    i had done this with my school craft and card club and used beads on the end of the zig-zags, i also pricked a single hole above the zigpzags and threaded a bugle bead followed by a yellow bead to mlook like candles on the tree, this pattern has so many possiblties, thanks, (have used it for 2 years )

  2. Wendy

    Very good Jackie, well worth trying, just never thought of doing it.

    I stitched 50 toppers for christmas cards, and by reducing them enables you to use up all the little bits of card you collect.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Katharine

    I’ve reduced designs on a photocopier before now. I have played about with several sizes of some designs to see what fits.

  4. katie

    Funny I was thinking of doing this! I love all things miniture! Got to have a go now.

  5. Margaret

    In my adobe reader I don’t get the option “tile all pages” in the page scaling box, I am using Adobe 7 Can you please tell me what version you are using?


  6. DJ Post author

    Thank you for pointing that out Margaret. I use Adobe Reader 6.

    On version 7 it was changed to “print multiple pages” and this gives a scaling of 50%, 25% etc. As is often the case, by making so called improvements, useful facilities are lost.

  7. Margaret

    Thank you for your reply david can you tell me please does version 6 have the snapshot tool facility? if so I might try and find a version 6 to download.

  8. DJ Post author

    Adobe Reader 6 does have a snapshot tool Margaret. You can run two versions of Adobe Reader on the same computer so there is no need to delete your other version.

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