Printing FAQ

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Every printer and its settings are different, before printing off a whole file I would recommend doing a test print – printing just a few pages to understand your printer (what side of the paper it prints on, what the margins and settings are, how to put the paper back in if you’re manually double side printing etc)!

I would recommend printing on both sides of the paper, even if you have to do it manually to save space in your folder!

It is ideal if you have a borderless printer (some cannot do A5 borderless so you can ‘booklet print’ in Adobe Reader to A4 then slice in half). If you don’t have a borderless printer there will be a small white border around the designs which is great for notes!

Here is a quick video to show you some of the basic settings for printing from Adobe Reader on A5 paper or A5 pages on A4 paper: http://screencast.com/t/Ru1aVNUGL9 

IMPORTANT PRINTER SETTINGS
Please ensure your printer is NOT on ‘draft’, ‘fast’ or ‘ink saver’ mode’ as the pages will print out very, very faint. I would suggest that it is on ‘normal’, ‘standard’ or ‘vivid’ print quality settings.

Some of the colour/designs are designed to be pale for the colour scheme.

Printing A5 on A4 paper
Remember to do a short print run first to test the printer settings!

  • Open the PDF in the free Adobe Reader software that most of us already have on our computer.
  • Then go File > Print
  • Under ‘Page Handling’ go to the drop down box for ‘Page Scaling’ and choose booklet printing.
  • If you have a duplex printer go to the drop box for ‘Booklet Subset’ and choose ‘both sides’.If you have a normal printer choose ‘Front side only’. (Remember to try out your printer settings by doing a small test print).
  • Have a look in the preview window to see what the page would look like.
  • Next to the name of your printer click on ‘Properties’ and adjust your own printer’s settings. Ideally it should be A4, borderless and on ‘standard’, ‘normal’ or ‘vivid’ print quality settings.
  • Try printing 3 or so pages for a test print.
  • Then once the front side is done, turn the paper whatever way you need and do the same but then for ‘Back side only’ for 3 pages for a test print.
  • Adjust what you need to and when everything is right – print away!
  • You should have a stack of paper that if you fold the whole stack in half the pages would be in the right order.
  • Then slice the paper in half!

Printing Personal Size Pages
The easiest way to print would be to precut your plain paper into Personal size – 95mm x 171mm (3.74ins x 6.73) and then print on them.
Set your printer paper size to the personal size and then manually turn over to print on the back side.

You can try printing a few pages onto a larger page (Letter or A4) but alignment for the double sided printing is a little tricky!

Printing A5 on 8.5×11 (Letter-size) paper
**Please note that the layouts have been designed for A5 paper – if you print 2 pages per side on letter-size, the design will be a little smaller than intended and you will have a white border even with a borderless printer.

  • If you have 8.5×11 sized paper, open the PDF in the free Adobe Reader software that most of us already have on our computer.
  • Then go File > Print
  • Under ‘Page Handling’ go to the drop down box for ‘Page Scaling’ and choose booklet printing.
  • If you have a duplex printer go to the drop box for ‘Booklet Subset’ and choose ‘both sides’.If you have a normal printer choose ‘Front side only’.
  • Have a look in the preview window to see what the page would look like
  • Then once the front side is done, turn the paper whatever way you need and do the same but then for ‘Back side only’.
  • You should have a stack of paper that if you fold the whole stack in half the pages would be in the right order.
  • Then slice the paper in half! I’d do a short print run first to test the printer settings.
  • The design will not go all the way to the edges but these areas are a great space to jot down little notes then!

 


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2 thoughts on “Printing FAQ

  1. Estelle

    Hi, very nice tips you’ve got here. Thank you! I was just wondering if you have any suggestions for printers that can print A5 borderless?

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    1. admin

      Hi Estelle! I don’t know of any that print A5 borderless :( I would have loved to find one too. I used to print the A5s on A4 paper booklet style borderless. It worked okay with cutting down the middle, but not an ideal solution. If you find one please let us know!
      Arienne

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