{printing} is about the physical process of printing *TeX documents, influencing their printing, and preparing documents for printing, e.g. with special settings for binding.

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How do I insert an image in LaTeX so it looks good on print?

LaTeX documents print beautifully, but images often looks "ugly", "pixelated" or "low-res" compared to the text. By images I don't mean photos, which I rarely use, but rather diagrams, charts and ...
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Is there a way to get two pages in one with LaTeX?

I would like to have my document compiled with two pages in one using LaTeX, like what you see when you choose to print two pages in one. As my pages are "portrait", I need the page to be shown in ...
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Using opacity in TikZ makes the entire page become “more coarse” when printed

In my document, some of the figures uses opacity. In the PDF viewer, everything looks fine, but when I print the document, the pages in which these figures appear become more "coarse"; the text looks ...
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Four smaller pages in one page

I would like to style my document in such a way that the page is divided into four equal parts and then the text is printed in those pages: it is similar to twocolumn but I also want to have, say two ...
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Is there a way to have coloured hyperref hyperlinks in the PDF, but have them print “as if” they were black?

I like having my hyperref hyperlinks a different colour, so it's obvious that they are links. But when I print a copy of the PDF, I don't want the links to be coloured, because you can't click them, ...
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Is it possible to distinguish between the soft copy and the hard copy of a pdf?

I have a document with a significant difference between its hard-copy and soft-copy. Something like some text-boxes which should be printed bold and big in the hard copy but should be hidden (or as ...
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Having a LaTeX PDF display the date the document was printed, not compiled…

I have been looking around for quite some time trying to find a way for a PDF (created using XeTeX) to adjust the date accordingly by the date it was printed - not compiled. I am familiar with \date, ...
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What measure can we use by LaTeX to control the print budget

I found there are so much excellent answer to questions about how to product high quality typesetting output. But I wonder how to save ink with LaTeX. What we need to think about to manage cost. page ...
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Printing beamer slides?

I want to print handouts of a Beamer presentation. I am using psnup to a create a copy with multiple slides per pages. I notice that there is a lot of empty space on the top of each slide and the ...
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Simulate printing imperfections and defects with TeX?

Is there a way to simulate imperfections of some of the older books in LaTeX? Like the missing pieces of letters, extra splotches of ink and such? Here is an interesting artifact: P.S.: I guess one ...
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How to make the pdf output of better print quality?

The pdf output generated from by LaTeX is usually not as clear or black as the standard documents would usually be preferred. The search so far suggests that either the fonts used or the Ghostscript ...
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Printing a book

I would create a document using latex, if I want to print the document and make a book out of it, how should I do it? If my document has 50 pages, and following requirements : Double side printing ...
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Implementing full-page Screen-Only & Print-Only in PDF

I am interested in displaying some things (e.g.: title page) in full color on screen, while having the same object/page display in a black and white friendly form when printed. According to this SO ...
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Beginner needing help to create simple documentclass for traditional printed Tibetan manuscripts (Pecha)

I am delighted to see how well XeLaTeX can handle Tibetan script and want to use it for the typesetting engine for my software. The first thing I want to do is to create a simple documentclass, ...
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Using Pantone/spot colors and TikZ together

This question led to a new package: xspotcolor I came to the end of writing book in LaTeX. Thanks to this great community I have succeeded to apply designer's wishes into document and I ...
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How to improve color consistency of bitmap pictures from native format to target pdf file?

For the first time I am concerned about proper rendition of pictures for the draft of a document with artistic content. I use the basic macro below to embed the pictures. The pictures are in .jpg ...
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How can I have text colored on screen and black on printing?

I have a document with colored hyperlinks, using the options of the hyperref package. I also have lots of tikz-figures that use various shades of gray and occasionally some colors. The way my ...
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What is bleed, and how do I achieve it?

I am going to print business cards that I've created using LaTeX, and when I contacted the print company and asked what they needed for the print, they answered that they needed a "pdf with the ...
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How to sort the order of pages so that they can be printed in a folded book?

I am using ConTeXt to print a book. Each page is A5, but the print store can only print on A4 paper, so they print 2 pages on each side of the A4 paper. I used this code to specify the layout: ...
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Multiple copies of short page on one sheet of paper

Suppose you have a short document (including a fancy header) which occupies only a small part of a DIN A4 page, like in this example: \documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{article} ...
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Embedding printer settings in pdf

I want to produce a pdf that includes settings for a predefined profile, like the the printing on both side of a piece of paper, is that possible? If a pdf does not provide this kind of feature, you ...
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Printing a double-sided A5 document on A4 paper

I have a doubled-sided A5 landscape document with the following page order: As my printer supports only A4 paper, I want to print two of these pages on one portrait A4 paper so that I can cut it in ...
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Booklets in memoir class

I was just reading this question about using pdfpages to create twoup effects in memoir. This worked great for me, but I am wondering how I can get the page order to set up a booklet, so that it can ...
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If a letter is white on white background, does a printer see it?

In preparation for press printing, I would like to produce a version of a document for printing a glossy varnish layer, where all the text is "missing", but the images and other elements are at the ...
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How to get a list of the filenames of the figures embedded in a document

I have a TeX document that is embedding a huge amount of figures from a fig folder that is full of another humongous amount of other figures. I would like to move the document along with its figures, ...
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How was TeX output visualised on screen, back in the day?

I've been using LaTeX for about two years; I'm only learning TeX now, to get a better understanding of the foundations. In Chapter 6 : Running TeX of his TeXbook (more specifically, on page 23), ...
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Using LaTeX for pre-printed paper

I'm thinking of moving from Crystal Reports to a LaTeX based solution, but it's a requirement to be able to make a pdf that conforms to a pre-printed layout (in the company I work we use pre-printed ...
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Exclude images for printing pdf

I have a document that has images that are very, very dark. As such, they should not be printed when the user goes to print. Somebody I'm working with loves to print, and they use a lot of toner ...
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How to divide document for black and color printing?

Most of my document is black text, but there is a color figure here and there. I would like to print the text on a black and white printer, and the figures on a color printer. I know i could just ...
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Does it make sense to convert lightgray into cmyk for more legible printing results? Does this necessitate choosing a (different and) darker colour? [closed]

In my document I'm using the colour lightgray which looks nice on screen, but is barely decipherable when printed (with a BW-laser-printer). Using the xcolor pkg: Would it make sense to try and ...
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Create element in pdf that doesn't print to paper

I'm creating a fancy header with hyperlinks (see here) for a large document. However, if/when this document is printed, this header is not useful and uses up ink and space. Is it possible to include ...
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Place two A5 pages on A4 using memoir

I was trying ConTeXt out and found out about imposition. I'm specifically interested in the 2UP schema, so I can just print on a regular A4 and trim. I have a book typeset using LaTeX and memoir. ...
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Recommended color for hyperlinks in a CV

I'm using the hyperref package, and I'm curious if there is a recommended color for hyperlinks. At the moment I am using urlcolor=BlueViolet which looks great onscreen, but when printed in b&w it ...
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Is there a bleed correction in KOMA?

I'm preparing a book (text only) using the scrbook class of the KOMA-Script that in the end should have A5 sized pages. To do that, I have to prepare a PDF that has slightly larger pages, since the ...
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T1 Encoding causing bad PDF quality? [duplicate]

I recently noticed that some of the papers I've listed on my homepage look a lot sharper than others when rendered in a PDF viewer. Curious about this, I tracked it down to this import: ...
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Creating a mask for printing glossy varnish over images

I'm interested in finding a better method for the following: creating a black mask over the images on all pages while removing (or covering with white) all the text and other elements but still ...
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Glossaries: Make a glossary entry recognizable in printing

How do you make it visible to the reader that the printed word/term is an entry in the glossary? In my PDF on the computer, I just see it because I use the hyperref package and there's a red box ...
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Printing a handout of a Beamer presentation, the resulting pdf is shrunk!

I use the code below to produce handouts of my presentations. When I open the resulting pdf with any pdf viewer, it is viewed correctly, but when I print it, it is always printed very small, no ...
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two pages on one and exact crop marks

the page size of my document is A5 and has about 100 pages. For printing I need to put two pages on one in A4 and rearrange them in a specific way due to my thumb index at eachside of the page. ...
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Splitting page into four parts

I am trying to figure out how to split a page into four quadrants (2 rows and 2 columns) to model the time management matrix. I tried using longtable but the second row will only start after the ...
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Problems with pdfLaTeX because of transparencies and transfer curves

I'm about to finish my report for this semester. My document inlucdes a lot of pictures and schematics from different (external) sources. Now the printery (prepress) is complaining about ...
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How do I print a syntax-highlighted LaTeX source file?

I want to print an example source file so that I can study it. How do I print it with syntax highlighting? I'm currently using TeXShop in MacTeX; apparently it doesn't have this ability. What program ...
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How to make a switch for print vs. display versions of a document with respect to links/URLs

I want the print version of a document have links or URLs written out but the online version have the abbreviated tag/name. So the switch, set at the beginning, will choose between two alternatives, ...
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How to print A0 poster as an array of combinable A4 pages?

So I have an A0 paper on which I want to stick myltiple A4 pages representing original A0 poster presentation. I have no A0 printer. I can print only A4 pages. How to get A0 latex poster be printed ...
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How to disappear text or figures by printing?

As you know, the option ocgcolorlinks of the hyperref package disables colors of all links presented in a PDF file by printing it from Adobe Reader (and by compiling with e.g. pdflatex); as a result, ...
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How to batch generate badges with a list of names?

I want to make a number of badges using LaTeX for the participants of a summer school. There are 40 or so people, so I don't want to manually change the name and compile and then print. I could think ...
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\includepdf changes left and right pages

I've followed advice at "How to start new chapters on the right hand side" and found that including as title page, one PDF page is braking left&right orientation: ...
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How to automatically output page order to print 8 pages of a booklet on a single sheet of Letter paper?

Im new to tex so I'm sorry if this is something is actually easy to do but I cannot find a solution. I want to print a signature/booklet of my book by printing two separate parts of the sig on one ...
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Two pages per sheet brochure

I am looking for a package that helps to print two pages per sheet for a brochure. I have used leaflet class for printing three pages per sheet. Booklet package looks promising. But it doesnt work ...
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Printing multiple non-standard sized document pages on two sides of one piece of paper

I am trying to find a way to create traditional Tibetan manuscripts in XeLaTex(referred to as a pecha) and one of the things I need to do is to be able to place multiple pecha pages on one sheet ...