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printing instructions for A5 inserts

Materials

  • Printable PDF Files:
    • A5 file - use this file to print directly onto A5 size paper
    • A5 spread file - use this file to print on letter size paper and then trim along the crop marks 
  • Adobe Reader - Free Download 
  • Printer
  • 8.5 x 11 inch 24lb, 28lb, or 32lb paper 
  • Hole Punch
  • A5 planner or binder 

Tips

  • If you are printing your inserts at home, it is highly recommended to use a fresh ink cartridge and higher quality paper. White card stock or 24lb - 32b paper is best.
  • Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader on your computer. Using another program may not display the correct fonts or text alignment. 
  • Editable Text Fields: If the file has editable text fields they will appear as blue boxes in Adobe Reader (refer to individual product listing descriptions to see if the file has editable text). You will be able to type in your own text into the boxes. It is recommended to save the file after adding new information to each page. I also recommend closing the file, re-opening it, and making sure your changes have saved before adding text throughout the entire document.
  • Borderless Printing: Check your printer for a borderless printing option. If your printer does not have the option for borderless printing you may have a difficult time aligning the pages. Unfortunetley not all printers have this feature and some printers may print the pages off center. If you are concerned about your printer we suggest doing a test run before attempting to print all the pages. 

Printing Directly onto A5 paper

  1. Open the A5 file with Adobe Reader 
  2. Select File > Print
  3. In the print Dialogue box under "pages to print" under more options select 'odd pages only'
  4. Under "Page Size & Handling" select 'Actual Size'. Make sure that the 'choose paper source by PDF page size' box is unchecked.
  5. Under "Orientation" select 'Portrait'
  6. Click on "Page Setup..."
  7. In the "Page Setup" dialogue box select the printer from the "format for" menu.
  8. Under "Page Size" select 'US letter Borderless'
  9. Make sure the orientation is portrait and the scale is 100% and click "ok"
  10. You should see the page design displayed on the top left corner in the "print" dialogue box.
  11. Click print.
  12. Once your Odd pages are printed, you will want to feed that stack of pages back into your printer in whichever direction YOUR printer feeds paper back in. Many printers feed paper differently, you will want to be observant of that. In most cases, you will feed the odd pages in the exact way they came out. Then you can print the even pages. (I recommend doing a test print of 4 pages to make sure you have the correct settings, that paper is being fed in correctly, and that the pages are in order).
  13. In the print Dialogue box under "pages to print" under more options select 'even pages only'.
  14. Then select "reverse pages".
  15. Make sure the previous settings are selected: 'Actual Size' and 'US letter borderless'.
  16. Click print.
  17. You should end up with the pages printed in the proper order.

 

Printing on Letter paper

  1. Open the A5 spread file with Adobe Reader. The spread file will have the black crop marks.
  2. Select File > Print
  3. In the print Dialogue box under "pages to print" under more options select 'odd pages only'.
  4. Under "Page Size & Handling" select 'Actual Size'. Make sure that the 'choose paper source by PDF page size' box is unchecked.
  5. Under "Orientation" select 'Auto'. This should center the A5 design on the letter size paper.
  6. Click on "Page Setup..."
  7. In the "Page Setup" dialogue box select the printer from the "format for" menu.
  8. Under "Page Size" select 'US letter Borderless'
  9. Make sure the orientation is portrait and the scale is 100% and click "ok"
  10. You should see the page design displayed in the center in the "print" dialogue box.
  11. Click print
  12. Once your Odd pages are printed, you will want to feed that stack of pages back into your printer in whichever direction YOUR printer feeds paper back in. Many printers feed paper differently, you will want to be observant of that. In most cases, you will feed the odd pages in the exact way they came out. Then you can print the even pages. (I recommend doing a test print of 4 pages to make sure you have the correct settings, that paper is being fed in correctly, and that the pages are in order).
  13. In the print Dialogue box under "pages to print" under more options select 'even pages only'.
  14. Then select "reverse pages".
  15. Make sure the previous settings are selected: 'Actual Size' and 'US letter borderless'.
  16. Click print.
  17. You should end up with the pages printed in the proper order.
  18. Trim the pages using the crop marks.