8 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2011 2:08 AM by Eugene Tyson RSS

    A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?

    lcl276 Community Member

      Good afternoon all

       

      I have an A5 Pamphlet which I would like to print onto A4 paper - 2 copies of the same page side by side, which is then cut down the middle to make 2 pamphlets from one sheet of A4 paper.

       

      Is this possible?

        • 1. Re: A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?
          Eugene Tyson MVP

          Ok quick way

           

          Yes

           

          File Print

           

          Select Thumbnails 1x 2

           

          Size may be affected

           

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          Slightly longer way

           

          Make a New A4 Document

           

          Then File>Place the A5 document into the A4

           

          Copy and paste it and align them on the page where needed

          • 2. Re: A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?
            lcl276 Community Member

            Hi Eugene

             

            Many thanks for your prompt reply.

             

            Is it possible to do this from my InDesign A5 pamphlet to a PDF?

            • 3. Re: A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?
              Eugene Tyson MVP

              Yeh you just have to line them up on an A4 sheet.

               

              Start a new document that's A4 sized.

               

              Place the file twice into the A4 sheet and position them.

               

              Make a PDF as normal.

              • 4. Re: A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?
                Eugene Tyson MVP

                Or you could make a PDF of your A5 pamphlet

                 

                Then place that onto an A4 sized sheet.

                 

                I think I'm missing a trick here - how many pages does your pamphlet have?

                 

                What is it you're trying to do exactly?

                • 5. Re: A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?
                  Peter Spier ACP/MVPs

                  How is this being printed? If it's going on press you should be sending it as a 1-up in single pages for the printer to impose to fit his equipment -- that's part of his job. If it's digital, and your sending it out, same thing, really, but I'd go along if they ask you to impose. Many commercial copiers that would be used for this sort of output have the capability to print 2-up or some other multiple built in to the RIP.

                  • 6. Re: A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?
                    lcl276 Community Member

                    Hi all

                     

                    Many thanks for the replies.

                     

                    Unfortunately the reason we're **** this is because we have a client who produces A5 Booklets.... but has no A5 Printer, so everything is printed A4, and cut down the middle. I don't know the full ins and outs to be honest.

                     

                    We did however, work out a way to do this which I thought I'd post below, should it be of help to others in future.

                     

                    1. We go File > Print Booklet in InDesign when we have our A5 pamphlet on screen.

                     

                    2. We create a new print preset to print to Postscript inside this dialogue box.

                     

                    3. We change booklet type to 2-up Consecutive.

                     

                    4. In the range of pages to print, we type 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4 and so on for as many pages as we have in the booklet as unfortunately, printing "All" simply prints it as it is on A4 paper. By typing 1,1,2,2, etc, it prints the same page alongside one another, which we want.

                     

                    5. We press print, which exports the file a Postscript file (*.ps).

                     

                    6. We open Adobe Distiller and change Default setting to "PDF A/1-b" (Obviously might differ depending on what you're printing)

                     

                    6. We go to "Settings > Edit Adobe PDF Settings".

                     

                    7. We change the Default page size to 297 x 210mm.

                     

                    8. We drag the *.ps file into the white area and it converts it to how we want.

                    • 7. Re: A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?
                      Stix Hart Community Member

                      You could simplify this a heck of a lot doing what Eugene suggested with the addition of Scott Zanelli's marvellous script here.

                       

                      1. Go File > Print booklet and print to PDF

                       

                      2. Make a new A4 document in Indesign and run the above script twice.

                       

                      3.  Export that to PDF.

                       

                      Much faster....

                      • 8. Re: A5 Pamphlet onto A4 - Is it possible?
                        Eugene Tyson MVP

                        I would have imposed it in InDesign with Print Ready PDFs.

                         

                        If you can't do the impo in your head then the Print Booklet - print it out and sit down with it in InDesign and lay it out exactly as you see it.

                         

                        Then make the PDF from that.

                         

                        The Print to Postscript and Distilling is very old school and problematic in it's own rights given certain circumstances.