I'd like to use pdfpages to make a print layout of my documents, in order to print them in A4 paper, but with 2 pages per page. The problem is setting the page order in a way I can cut the printed A4 sheets down to A5 size and have page 2 of the original document in the opposite side of page 1, in the same A5 sheet.

For this I would need something like:

\includepdf[pages={1,3,2,4,5,7,6,8},% ASSUMING A 8 PAGES FILE.

And rotate also 180º pages 2,4,6,8, ... if the printer dialogue doesn't allow for that.

The first problem is building this ordered list for a n pages file working only inside \includepdf options. The second one, the rotation. After reading pdfpages' manual, I see there are no many options for building the pages list.

If this approach is not possible, how would I build a loop like:


? Or what other ideas may help me?

  • By now, I use Mathematica to generate the list I intend to generate with that loop...
    – Andrestand
    Oct 9, 2014 at 10:20
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    Try signature=4?
    – cfr
    Oct 9, 2014 at 11:06
  • @cfr That works for my purpose! And you also can construct this way or with option booklet the layout called booklet in typical printer dialogues, whith which you print the document and just fold the stack of papers (first printed page would contain first document page and last one, etc.).
    – Andrestand
    Oct 9, 2014 at 11:33
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    Yes. The booklet option is very useful indeed. I suggested signature=4 because you said you wanted to cut the stack (rather than fold it).
    – cfr
    Oct 9, 2014 at 11:48
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    You may find this answer of mine useful if you want to print booklets. (Note that solution 1 doesn't currently work but solution 2 does.)
    – cfr
    Oct 9, 2014 at 11:57

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Using the signature option of the pdfpages package should do the trick:


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