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WOW you have gone through a LOT of effort when it could all have been solved by just investing in Canvas software, as opposed to Illustrator; Canvas is far easier to use and if you invest in the full version of Acrobat all your issues will be solved.

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I was doing some planning for some upcoming TMP projects, and I realized it would be nice if there was a way to "blow up" and print out scenario maps.

For example, there has been slow but steady progress - trust me! - on our 15mm Barbarosa Project, which got me thinking about how to create the terrain. The map from the Armor Clash scenario (SkirmishCampaigns: Russia '41 - Drive on Minsk) calls for three or four long, sinuous hills, none of which look like any of the generic hills in my terrain dump:

Armor Clash scenario map

Now I could monkey with the scenario layout to work with the terrain I have on hand, but I thought it would be interesting to see how closely I could match the specifications.

Which made me think: If I could just print out parts of the scenario map at the right ground scale, that would give me the exact template for the hill shapes.

This particular scenario (including the map) comes in a downloadable sample PDF from the publisher's download page. My first thought was that I maybe I could enlarge the map inside the Adobe Reader software and print it out - but that didn't work.

Then I tried printing a large map using the graphics and word processing software I had... no luck, either.

Then I turned to the readers of TMP, and they suggested that I try free or shareware programs designed for printing posters and banners.

And this is my report on how that turned out...