How to show an image with large dimensions across multiple pages?

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I have an image with large dimensions which I need to display in a PDF file. I cant scale to fit the image as this would make text on the node illegible. How could I split the image into multiple pages while retaining its original dimensions?

Posted on StackOverflow on Nov 11, 2014 by Raja

Please take a look at the TiledImage example. It takes an image at its original size and it tiles it over 4 pages: tiled_image.pdf

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To make this work, I first asked the image for its size:

Image image = Image.getInstance(IMAGE);
float width = image.getScaledWidth();
float height = image.getScaledHeight();

To make sure each page is as big as one fourth of the page, I define this rectangle:

Rectangle page = new Rectangle(width / 2, height / 2);

I use this rectangle when creating the Document instance and I add the same image 4 times using different coordinates:

Document document = new Document(page);
PdfWriter writer = PdfWriter.getInstance(document, new FileOutputStream(dest));
document.open();
PdfContentByte canvas = writer.getDirectContentUnder();
canvas.addImage(image, width, 0, 0, height, 0, -height / 2);
document.newPage();
canvas.addImage(image, width, 0, 0, height, 0, 0);
document.newPage();
canvas.addImage(image, width, 0, 0, height, -width / 2, - height / 2);
document.newPage();
canvas.addImage(image, width, 0, 0, height, -width / 2, 0);
document.close();

Now I have distributed the image over different pages, which is exactly what you are trying to achieve ;-)