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InDesign printing a booklet

Mar 7, 2013 7:52 PM

How do I print a 6 x 8 inch booklet (32 pages ) on 8.5 x 11 paper?  The back and front text are not aligned.  They are off slightly.

 
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    Mar 7, 2013 7:59 PM   in reply to Jalineg

    Off slightly may well be due to the printer itself. Back to back alignment is usually just due to how the paper loads from the pick up and feed rollers in non-commercial equipment.

     

    Take care, Mike

     
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    Mar 8, 2013 7:59 AM   in reply to Jalineg

    Jali--if it is due to your printer's margin settings, and it could well be, then because the way edges flip a bottom's margin becomes the top, etc.

     

    Can you export to a PDF and see this offset? If not, try printing from Acrobat. If you then get the offset, it might truly be the printer's margins. Also, you can try changing the flip on the short side versus the long side or vice versa.

     

    Take care, Mike

     
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    Mar 8, 2013 8:05 AM   in reply to Jalineg

    Is this an inkjet printer? Used to be, and maybe still is, that inkjet pages had wildly different head and foot margins...

     
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    Mar 8, 2013 9:27 AM   in reply to Jalineg

    If you have extra paper to trim from the booklet after folding, I'd suggest rotating the odd or even pages 180 degrees before printing, then use the page flip that currently gives you good alignment, but one side upside down.

     
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    Mar 9, 2013 6:08 AM   in reply to Jalineg

    Actually, what I meant was to Export the PDF in reader order--pages 1-x. Then, in Acrobat, choose the Booklet option. It does a good job. Then, print to the Acrobat printer.

     

    If you printer is set up to portrait pages by default, the PDF will be 180 degree rotated. Then, with this PDF, print from Acrobat and use the Flip on Short edge. Why? Because with all the HP inkjets I have used, the feed offset is minimal using the flip on short edge.

     

    Try it. Nothing to loose and minimal work (pushing buttons is all).

     

    Take care, Mike

     
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