By: Ben Costa
Hate going with the generic, overpriced poster sales in the beginning of each school year? Instead of hanging up the same posters as everyone else on campus, why not do something different that is sure to turn heads? I present to you, The Rasterbator. The Rasterbator is a program hosted by www.homokaasu.org that can take an image of your choice and blow it up into huge proportions; whether it is a larger than life sized image of Megan Fox or an eight-foot tall rendering of Johnny Depp’s face, the Rasterbator works with any visual of your choosing.
The program prints out sections of the image on individual sheets and, when put together, forms a giant version of your selected photo. All you need to do is go to this link: http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/wizard.gas?Phase=1 and upload the image you want to use. The program will then give you the ability to resize the image to virtually any dimensions that one could desire. After all adjustments and tweaks are made to your image, The Rasterbator will download the file to your computer using Word, or Text Edit. Your image is now ready for printing.
Some tips when performing: print the pages out on someone else’s computer, ideally the school’s computer lab. If you have a print limit like the one enforced at my school (West Chester University), try to find a computer that doesn’t require you to log in. You can print in black and white or color. It’s hard to find free color printers, so your best bet would be to go to the school copy center or Staples, either option will likely run you about $.40 a sheet which can add up if you are printing over 100 pages. Most importantly, DO NOT get the pages mixed up, they print out in a specific order going left to right starting with the top row and if they get out of order, it will take forever to sort them out.
So if you don’t want to have a generic dorm room or apartment, I highly suggest you put one of these giant posters on your wall, your friends will be amazed and you will be recognized the most skillful Rasterbator on campus.