I recently got an email from a customer, frustrated that her e.m.papers wedding invitation template was printing out smaller than 5 x 7 inches.
I double checked the PDF, and found that the file was the correct size, so something wasn’t quite right when she was trying to print.
I quickly realized that the Adobe Reader print settings were probably wrong. And it was likely that the ‘Fit’ size option was selected. This will slightly reduce the size of whatever you’re printing.
I print out PDFs all the time, it’s second nature to me to use certain settings in Adobe, but I realize this is not the case for everyone! So here’s a quick guide on the three Adobe Reader key settings to check before you print your printable.
You’ll find the dialog window under File > Print
1. Page Setup. This is a button at the bottom left of the dialog box. Click it to see your page options. Select A4 or Letter depending on what part of the world you live in and the template size you’re printing.
2. Size Options. This setting is important. Make sure to select ‘Actual Size’ NOT ‘Fit’. ‘Fit’ will shrink the design of the printable to fit on the page, so it will be slightly smaller when it prints.
3. Orientation. Portrait, Landscape or Auto portrait/landscape. I usually leave on ‘Auto portrait/landscape’. Use the preview window to the left to double check that the orientation is indeed correct.
Your home printer may have individual settings (like ink quality and paper type) that you should also check. It’s always a good idea to do a couple of test runs on regular printer paper before you start a big print job.
And remember! Always always use Adobe Reader (download it free) for e.m.papers printable templates. They will get wonky and won’t work in other programs (like Mac Preview).