Large scale printing: Adobe printing guide

Guidance on printing a PDF with the A0 printer in Frenchay Library.

PDF printing guide

Firstly, please leave plenty of time to print off you work.

Step 1: Open your PDF file with Adobe Acrobat.
FAQ - How do I open a file that isn’t a PDF?

Adobe printing guide - step one

Step 2: Select File from the menu bar and Print from the drop-down menu.

Adobe large scale printing guide step two

Step 3: Ensure that you are using the correct printer queue for the large format printer:
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Step 4: Select the Properties button.

Adobe large scale printing guide steps 3 and 4

Step 5: Select Page as in application to choose your page size.

Adobe large scale printing guide step 5

Step 6: Select size and choose landscape or portrait from the icons. Note that a landscape setting has the higher of the two measurements first.
FAQ – How do I create custom page sizes?

Adobe large scale printing guide step 6

Step 7: Check that the preview is set to Show always.

Step 8: Select Ok at the bottom right.

Adobe large scale printing guide steps 7 and 8

Step 9: If you want full size, use Fit.
FAQ – How do I want it to sit on the page?

Step 10: Select Print. This will take you to a print preview screen.

Adobe large scale printing guide steps 9 and 10

Step 11: What you can see in the print preview is what will print out. The size and position here are an accurate representation.
FAQ - What do I do if I can see a warning notice on the print preview?

FAQ – I can’t see a print preview

Step 12: Press Ok.

adobe large scale printing guide steps 11 and 12

Step 13: If your job did not print after release, please see the Library team.

Step 14: You may need to trim your printing to size.
FAQ – What do I need to do after printing?

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What size can I print?

The printer has A1 and A0 paper. You are restricted by this width, but can select a custom size at step 6.

The default size for printing is A2 landscape.

The printer does not print edge-to-edge. You will need to trim your printing.

FAQ – What do I need to do after printing?

How do I open a file that isn’t a PDF?

Open the original application the file was made in and choose Save as and PDF file type.

How do I create custom page sizes?

Select the custom size button.

Adobe large scale printing guide FAQ custom sizes 1

Input the size you wish the document to be. Eg An A0 banner would be 841x2378 (double width) and add a custom name that helps you identify the custom settings.

Adobe large scale printing FAQ custom sizes 2

This will then show on the bottom of the list of sizes. You can then continue as usual from step 7.

adobe large scale printing FAQ custom size 3 banners

How do I want it to sit on the page?

This relates to what you are trying to print, and the relationship between the paper and the image size.

  • Fit - If you want full size, use 'fit'. This will maximise the size of the image to fit the page with distorting the image.
  • Actual size - Will print at 100% of the image size. Image may be cropped at edges if larger than page, or much smaller than the page, depending on the actual size of the image.
  • Custom scale - Allows user to select a % value for the size of the image where the user may want the image to be framed by the unprinted border, or be a particular size at output to fit a specific size.

What do I do if I can see a warning notice on the print preview?

If you see a warning notice, saying that the selected media size is not loaded, you may have selected a paper size that the printer doesn’t have. We have A1/A0 paper, so you are confined by that width, but length is flexible. Any custom size that is smaller that A0 will need trimming.

Follow the instructions paying close attention to step 5, using the umbrella icon to select paper size.

Adobe large scale printing FAQ warning notice

I can’t see a print preview

If you didn’t see a print preview, go back to step 7 and check that it is set to Show always.

Adobe FAQ always show preview

What do I need to do after printing?

You will need to trim any excess paper. The printer has A1 and A0 paper, so if you choose A2 or a custom size, you will need to trim your output. The printer does not print edge-to-edge, so trimming may be required at all sizes.

You can trim your printing in the Q Block project room in 2Q8. This is open 24 hours.

How can I keep my settings for additional printing?

In step 2, select the print icon from the toolbar instead of using the File and Print menus. If the menu bar is hidden, you can press F9 in Windows to show it. If you’re using a Mac, press the Shift, Command, and M keys at the same time instead.

Adobe large scale printing guidance FAQ keep settings

How do I get back to the default settings?

If you have selected options you do not want to keep, go back to Adobe Acrobat and select File and Print to start again from the default settings. You can see this in step 2.

Further help

If you need further assistance, please speak to the Frenchay Library team. View staffed hours at Frenchay Library.

Alternatively, you can use PrintWorks, our professional printing and binding service, based in Frenchay Library.

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