# How to typeset a smaller size book with trim marks from letter paper stock?

How could I use the memoir package (or anything else, that's just what came to mind) to output a letter paper size document, but typeset with a different page width (9" by 7" in my case) with a trim mark showing where the letter paper should be cut?

I got this far with memoir:

% !TEX TS-program = lualatex

\documentclass[showtrims]{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\settypeblocksize{6.5in}{*}{.75}

\trimFrame
\settrimmedsize{9in}{7in}{*}
\settrims{0in}{0in}

\begin{document}

\section{First section}

\lipsum

\end{document}


This shows the trim marks where I need them, but the typesetting is clearly still based on the 8.5" by 11" letter page. Is there any way to make it typeset on the 7" by 9" page?

• @jon That's the question; I know how to set the page size (if that is all I need I just use Geometry) but I want to be able to print from my home printer and cut it to size based on the marks...
– Ryan
Mar 6 '15 at 2:37

This is similar to the other answer except that I do not explicitly set the ratio of the left to right margins, but I do explicitly set the stock size. The \checkandfixthelayout is key here. Once you add that, you find your initial settings were impossible (it stops with an error telling you this). You can then figure out that you need to alter the spine and fore-edge values using \setlrmargins. If applicable, you should also set the top and bottom margin, space for marginal notes etc. before \checkandfixthelayout. memoir needs to know this stuff in order to calculate things correctly. See page 22 of \memoir's manual for details.

\documentclass[showtrims]{memoir}
\trimFrame
\usepackage{lipsum}

\setstocksize{11in}{8.5in}
\settrimmedsize{9in}{7in}{*}
\settrims{0in}{0in}
\settypeblocksize{6.5in}{*}{.75}
\setlrmargins{*}{*}{*}
%\setulmargins{}{}{}
%\setmarginnotes{}{}{}

\checkandfixthelayout

\begin{document}

\section{First section}

\lipsum

\end{document}

• I'll +1 for your extras. Aside (for @Ryan) the ratio I choose was not random, though it was supposed to be 0.5(!). There's a good question that explores margin ratios.
– jon
Mar 6 '15 at 3:51
• @jon I already (+1) yours so I can't do it again. .5 makes more sense.... I just really left it * because I didn't know what was wanted in this case. I tried to do this with zwpagelayout but I can't get anything sensible.
– cfr
Mar 6 '15 at 4:01
• Yes, indeed. I think leaving it open is good. I think Yiannis Lazarides' point about the spine-edge ratio makes sense, but it is surely not suitable for all occasions.
– jon
Mar 6 '15 at 4:07
• Thanks for the answer and @jon thanks for the point about margins, I hadn't gotten that far yet and that value was more or less random. I'm hoping to work with margins a lot as I figure out more about how to do all this.
– Ryan
Mar 6 '15 at 18:07

I think this does what you want.

\documentclass[showtrims]{memoir}
\usepackage{lipsum}
%\setstocksize{11in}{8.5in}
\trimFrame
\settrimmedsize{9in}{7in}{*}% heigh | width | ratio
\settrims{0in}{0in}
\settypeblocksize{6.5in}{*}{.75}
\setlrmargins{*}{*}{0.5}% spine | (fore)edge | ratio
\checkandfixthelayout

\begin{document}

\section{First section}

\lipsum

\end{document}


Note that you need to set \setlrmargins in order to avoid memoir complaining about your spines and edges being too large. This error only shows up if you forget the all-important \checkandfixthelayout (which takes optional arguments: fixed, classic [= default], lines, and nearest).