I am a beginner to Adobe Illustrator, and I am trying to make a pattern for my leather making.

I have made the pattern on a big artboard and then created multiple A4 artboards and I am trying to fit the pattern by overlapping them on different artboards.

Pattern overlapping in A4 Artboard

This is all fine when I export the Artboards to PDF all the patters are neatly cut exactly how I want it, however, if I try to print it in my printer, and select the scale to 100% so that I want the values of my dimension exactly as I wanted it, it is expanding my pattern and in this process, the edges are getting cut and I can't paste it exactly side by side.

PDF pattern leading to edges being trimmed if I scale to 100%

What is the method of fixing this? I was thinking of maybe somehow cutting the pattern on exactly half and then putting 1 side in 1 artboard and the other one in another artboard, but I am not sure how to do that.

Can anyone suggest me the most optimal way of doing it?

  • See the TS300 user manual : "By selecting Borderless Printing option, you can make prints with no margins." - and note that it doesn't work with A4 or Letter sizes.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 11:07
  • Did you happen to figure out how to do this? I am trying to figure out how to do the same thing. Please help! :)
    – Heather
    Commented Nov 12, 2021 at 22:40

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Borderless printing is a function of the printer. It has nothing to do with any software setting. Most end use printers will require a small margin around the entire page, and slightly larger margins for the gripper edge.

I would merely print three pages.. adding a center artboard to cover the overlap area. With 3 pieces you can easily stitch them together.

  • Is there a way in which I can cut the pattern in half on one artboard and then I can basically shift the entire pattern to a little left and the other one to right? Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 14:52
  • Just duplicate things. You don't need to really "cut" anything.
    – Scott
    Commented Feb 12, 2021 at 16:03

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