{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 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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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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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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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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For figures in PDF format, what version and standard is ideal? [closed]

What PDF version and standard is ideally suited for the current version of pdflatex? Primarily for press, but online distribution will follow (large scientific publication). Bonus: Include some of ...
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Perfect Print and Screen Quality

I'm going to finish my thesis which leads me to the wish of polishing my document at it's best. Currently I'm running in some minor problems with my black values and I observed some table blurring ...
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Gray scale output using pdflatex

I use colour diagrams (saved as pdf files) which I include in my LaTeX file. Is there any options in pdflatex to create a gray scale document or a pdf viewer where you can view the document in gray ...
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Is there any harm using hyperref for a document destined for printing?

I am using the hyperref package in my LaTeX document, and then using pdflatex to generate the pdf file. Is there any harm in print quality, in using the hyperref package? Or should I have two ...
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Wrong kerning after \beta on printout [closed]

The following minimal example looks fine on my system: \documentclass[]{report} \pagestyle{empty} \begin{document} \Huge Test $\alpha, \beta, \gamma$ Test \end{document} The PDF looks like this: ...
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Offset in page numbers in pdf viewer due to roman numbering of frontmatter makes printing difficult

My PDF document generated with LaTeX has roman numbering for the frontmatter. My problem is: if I want to print a certain range of pages, it is very difficult to select them, because my PDF Viewer ...
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Why do the output fonts of Latex often appear fuzzy? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are Bitmap-Fonts used automatically? When I look at the output of my LaTeX files, the fonts appear markedly more blurry than standard computer output. Why is this? ...
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TikZ shadings and printing incompatibility

I would like to use some effects provided by the shadings library of tikz. More specifically, I am trying to use the ball and radial shadings (tikz 2.10 manual, p. 412-). The resulting pdf looks ok ...
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No Bibliography is printed and citations shown bibtex key

I writing a document in LyX (2.0.5) with references. For displaying references I use biblatex. (http://wiki.lyx.org/BibTeX/Biblatex). My latex environment is MiKTeX 2.9 Since I switched my Desktop, ...
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Make backrefs invisible in hardcopy

Is there a way to make bibliography back-references display and hyperlink in a PDF file but not print in a hard copy. When I use \usepackage[colorlinks=false,backref=page]{hyperref} I get a red ...
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Handouts dont print properly

I have been unable to print handouts --- multiple slides per page with border around each. And it just does not work. I tried compiling with xelatex and latex (both almost default installs on Ubuntu ...
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Print a document with exam class so that it can be folded into a book [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Printing a book Is there a method when printing on a5paper with exam class so that it comes out like a book? Folding down the middle, and have it print the pages in ...
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Shift Odd Page in Duplex Print

This is more a printer problem, but I have no way to solve it on the printer side. When printing a two sided document, the sides do not match vertically. That means for example the line of ...
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Store information about which paper tray to use in PDF

Searching here, I found the question Embedding printer settings in pdf - while related, this appears to apply to printer settings for the entire PDF, not for changing printer settings per page. Our ...
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Overriding printer scaling defaults from within LaTeX

Edited version of question I have to produce a series of documents that need to be printed without scaling. The target users are likely to have low-level computer skills and will overlook ...
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) becomes 9 in print-out [closed]

I have the following expression \mathfrak{U}^{(\alpha,N)}. The pdf output generated with pdflatex is all right. But the printer turns the ) into a 9. Has probably something to do with the printer ...
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Handout is not the same as last displayed state of a frame [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to exclude certain slides from handout OK. Here is the MWE that explains it all. When compiled as beamer (onscreen) option, the itemized items appear on every click. ...
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How to repeat the page-contents on the same page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Multiple copies of short page on one sheet of paper I am a school teacher. I have the following need. I have to distribute a large number of quizzes to about 200 ...
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print \filelist to pdf

I know that there are many packages to modify the output of \listfiles. However, I would like to print this list not to the log file but in a nice way to the pdf. This makes sence for my template ...
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complexity package: disable banner

The complexity package uses the \typeout command to print a banner when the package is loaded. What is the correct way to disable the banner (other than editing the source code of the package)? ...
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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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Why do some vector graphics included into a document force rasterization of the whole page and subsequently ruin the look of the text in cups?

When I \includegraphics certain PDF files (for example this SVG converted with Inkscape), the output produced by LuaLaTeX or PDFLaTeX will be such that when the page containing the picture is printed ...
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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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How to deal with (probably bogus) errors from third party on my pdf? [closed]

I use a print-on-demand company (lulu.com) that has always been picky and inconsistent about the PDF files they accept. I'm giving them files produced by pdftex. They use various subcontractors to ...
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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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“This page was left intionally blank” on center of page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make pages which were “intentionally left blank”? Assuming I am forcing amount of pages to be even using Raphink's solution : ...
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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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Fonts too thin when A4 scaled down to A5 in printing

In my document I am using the same settings as in the MWE below. I need copies of the document in A4 and A5. Both have to be identical so I cannot optimise the appearance of both by using a4paper for ...
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Print front page on a single piece of paper without adding empty pages to PDF

Some people use empty pages to make sure that the front page gets printed on a single piece of paper (example). I think this is a bad solution, as some people might want to print every page on a new ...
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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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Break PDF booklet into pages

I have a PDF with booklet-odered pages (like the one below). I would like to break these PDF A4 pages back into the original twice as many PDF A5 pages. |-------| PDF page 1 | 8 1 | |-------| ...
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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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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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Create PDF with images in black and white

I have a LaTeX document with several black and white, gray value, and color images. When creating a PDF with pdfLaTeX I get a PDF where I am not sure if the embedded black and white images are ...
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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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Printing/typesetting two A4 pages from a single-page A3 document in TikZ

I'm currently working on a huge graph using a A3 format, with the landscape option. I don't usually work on A3 pages, but this is not a mistake. I purposefully chose this format because it's made of ...
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How to typeset micro fonts?

Here is the scenario: I'm having a exam and I'm allowed to take 1 printed/written page (cheat sheet) to exam. I want to prepare a cheat sheet with small fonts utilizing the entire page. I tried ...
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Beamer/TikZ shadow printed via Adobe Reader (PostScript) cause errors [closed]

Consider the example below compiled using pdflatex. Basically it is a simple test of the Frankfurt theme and the Whale color theme (just attempting to make something smaller). We experience problems ...
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Problem to print a pdf [closed]

The problem appears with two Lexmark printers. A friend compiled this example of my package tkz-euclide: \documentclass[a4paper]{article} \usepackage[usenames,dvipsnames]{xcolor} ...
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Including crop marks when printing

I would like to print crop marks around my document (an invitation). The invitation has a smaller size than the physical paper and the crop marks aid in the cutting process. Using the crop package, ...
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esint package leads to misprinted integrals [closed]

If I print a document using the package esint and the mathpazo font the integral signs (\int, \iint) are all cut at the bottom. I tested different printers with both a Linux and Mac system and got the ...
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PDF pages with color/gray-scale figures print with bold text

When including PDF and JPG images with either color or gray-scale in my pdflatex document everything appears perfect on screen. However, when I try to print on a color printer the text in these pages ...
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When printing document, why do pages with figures appear rougher (of lower resolution) than text-only pages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are some pages in my PDF coming out bold? I have a PDF document that I made in LaTeX. Some pages contain figures I created in METAPOST. Everything is super-smooth in ...
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Converting a pdf into a form ready for binding

I have a pdf that is 118 pages long, and I want to end up with a bindable form, so that I have on one sheet pages: 1 4 2 3 What is the simplest way in LaTeX to accomplish this? Would quire ...
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Removal of binding offset when submitting digital version of document

I'm writing my dissertation in LaTeX, and we're required to submit a paper copy and a PDF copy. For the paper copy, I'm using: \documentclass[twoside]{scrartcl} \usepackage{fullpage} ...
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Problem with rotated pages (pdflscape package) and double-sided printing

I am using the pdflscape package to rotate pages with wide tables on them. This works fine, but there is a problem when I print the document in duplex mode. Its a double-sided document (left and ...