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.
1: Open your PDF file with Adobe Acrobat.
FAQ - How do I open a file that isn’t a PDF?
6: Select size and choose landscape or portrait from the icons.
Note that a landscape setting has the higher of the two
FAQ – How do I create custom page sizes?
Step 9: If you want full size, use Fit.
FAQ – How do I want it to sit on the page?
Step 11: What you can see in the print preview is what will
print out. The size and position here are an accurate
FAQ - What do I do if I can see a warning notice on the print preview?
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 default size for printing is A2 landscape.
The printer does not print edge-to-edge. You will need to trim your printing.
How do I open a file that isn’t a PDF?
How do I create custom page sizes?
Select the custom size button.
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.
This will then show on the bottom of the list of sizes. You can then continue as usual from step 7.
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.
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.
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.
How do I get back to the default settings?
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.