{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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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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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 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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What is good practice when preparing a book for printing?

I'm writing my thesis using Latex and nearing its completion I'm beginning to worry about the quality of the hardcopy. I'm curious about what should be taken into consideration when preparing a ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spotcolor bleeds into the surrounding

This question led to a new package: xspotcolor I have a problem using spotcolor package. When using the package for redefining headers, titles, \emph etc. the color bleeds into the ...
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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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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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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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A grid of images to fill A4 -paper for economic printing with some space for scissors

I want to print a A4 paper full of the same QR image. I want more elegant way to this answer here, yes I can get it working like that but I want to leave just enough space for scissors and no space ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Store black and white information in a generated pdf

Last time when I printed my thesis at a copy shop the nice girl asked me if my pdf has some kind of color information stored inside. She explained to me that their printers can detect black and white ...
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Letter 'e', when printed in the default TeX font, missing a stroke

I often see printed LaTeX documents where the horizontal stroke of the 'e' is invisible -- even among different printers, documents, and people who print them. The image below shows it occurring on ...
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Optimising for on-screen viewing

I have found some examples where a document, which is not a presentation, was nevertheless typeset with a papersize fitting screen aspect ratio: A ConTeXt manual Another ConTeXt manual The pdfscreen ...
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How to ensure that LaTeX-generated pdfs print correctly from print-on-demand services

I've just bought printed copies of a pdf-booklet I've made using luaLaTeX. The "print ready copy" created during the Lulu upload process looks fine in the electronic version and when printed on my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Create plain CSV list of pages with/without figures

I'm wondering if there's an easy way to have LaTeX output two lists: of pages containing and of pages not containing figures and/or other color objects. I'd like to print color pages on a color ...
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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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How do pages included with \includepdf using pdfpages differ from regular pdf pages produced by pdflatex?

I wondered if anybody could explain what differences there are in the PDF which would differentiate pages produced by running pdflatex on the .tex file where the code is part of that file and pages ...
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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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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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Printing A6 on A4 paper

Yesterday I encountered a problem with printing an A6 pdf document (which I created using LaTeX). The Printing shop did not have A6 sheets, so they took the print out on an A4, which turned out ...
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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 ...