Could you please try printing the document as "Print As Image"? For testing purpose, you may check this and refer to the help document- Troubleshoot PDF printing in Acrobat and Reader
Also, try creating the custom page size and then print- Using the Adobe PDF printer, Acrobat
Hope this will help.
By pressing CTRL-D in Acrobat, look at the dimensions: are they what you expect?
Thank you, the dimensions are correct and the print was the same when I printed as an "image" (except the quality and colour were reduced significantly, so that doesn't work!)
I have figured out what happened - the PDF is printing with a border that is cutting off my crop lines and my bleed, making it look enlarged. It is in fact printing the correct size but with a nasty border that I cannot turn off. Borderless printing is grayed out as an option - I'm guessing because of my printer's lack of capability?
If you create a design of 2” it should print with 2 inches, except if you ask fit to page. If there are element cut off on the borders that means your printer driver OR your printer is not capable of using that area.
You are initially saying that your artwork is blown up, which means that it gets scaled. that does not correspond with your assumptions now. But your assumptions now are quite more logical.
If you need help, it is important to describe the problem as accurate as possible. And giving exact infos about the OS, program version, printer and printer driver will help to get to the kernel of the problem.
So my question now is: is the artwork represented on a true scale, and only the borders are cut off? if that is the case, your printer or the driver lacks the borderless printing. (I’m situated in Europe, so my measurements are metric). If they are blown up or reduced, you should check the printing parameters carefully. All of the problems I have with my people printing Acrobat files are fit to page or scales at print time. In all the cases, Acrobat did the job it was asked for.