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How do you set up your page to print 2 sided tags?

Aug 27, 2012 11:47 AM

I have to create information tags for floor samples. The tags have to be printed 2 sides. They are 9 up on an 8.5 x 11 page. My problem is that the front and back elements are not lining up properly after trimming. Is there a way to set up or adjust the page in the printing stage so that the visual elements are perfectly centered within the inDesign document?

Thanks for any advice.

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    Aug 27, 2012 11:56 AM   in reply to Gwynnplaine

    Is this really a problem of layout not being properly aligned, or more likely you are printing on an office printer?


    If the latter, essentially no office printer, and all but a handful of commercial copiers simply lack the precision to give perfect front to back alignment and you need to compensate in your design for the possibility of up to .125" of drift (the typical tolerance for these machines -- +/- .0625") not only from front to pack, but from page to page in a longer run.


    If you find that the backs are mostly all off by the same amount and in the same direction you can shift the layout, but don't expect a miracle.

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    Aug 27, 2012 12:07 PM   in reply to Gwynnplaine

    You'll have to fake it, plan on spoiling plenty of sheets moving the page elements.

    Do not duplex; consider running 10 sheets, than reprinting on them to see how much varience there is within the run.

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    Aug 27, 2012 12:08 PM   in reply to Gwynnplaine

    If the number of tags is small enough and you have the time and budget, print front and back together on one sheet, spray adhesive over the unprinted back, and fold in the middle. You can get very good registration with practice and end up with stiffer tags (not always what you want) becasue your output is not more than twice as thick (twice as much paper and a little bit of glue).

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    Aug 27, 2012 12:09 PM   in reply to Gwynnplaine

    If it has a bypass tray you should try using that, too. Sometimes you get better results from a bypass tray and manual flip than you will using the built-in two sided printing capabilities.

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