Perhaps related to physical printing and not to LaTex. Googling the problem don't come up with any answer addressing the issue. In a hope that maybe someone here had a similar issue and able to solved it.

When US letter sized pdf is generated from following code via LuaTex, the pdf measure tool measures the dimensions of the layout to be pretty accurate. But when the same pdf goes to printer, (Actual size, US letter, portrait settings) the printer keeps the vertical measure (of the printed physical page) to be very accurate (23.1 cm) but elongates the horizontal measure further by 2mm (i-e 16.7 cm) instead of 16.5 cm.

So, if a circle is printed on physical page it will look ellipse, but looks circle on pdf file (aspect ratio is lost while printing).

\RequirePackage[l2tabu, orthodox]{nag}












\usepackage[section]{placeins} % it keeps the figures in the respective section


    colorlinks = true,
    linkcolor  = blue


  % \usepackage[pdftex]{graphicx}
  % declare the path(s) where your graphic files are
  % \graphicspath{{../pdf/}{../jpeg/}}
  % and their extensions so you won't have to specify these with
  % every instance of \includegraphics
  % \DeclareGraphicsExtensions{.pdf,.jpeg,.png}
  % or other class option (dvipsone, dvipdf, if not using dvips). graphicx
  % will default to the driver specified in the system graphics.cfg if no
  % driver is specified.
  % \usepackage[dvips]{graphicx}
  % declare the path(s) where your graphic files are
  % \graphicspath{{../eps/}}
  % and their extensions so you won't have to specify these with
  % every instance of \includegraphics
  % \DeclareGraphicsExtensions{.eps}
% graphicx was written by David Carlisle and Sebastian Rahtz. It is
% required if you want graphics, photos, etc. graphicx.sty is already
% installed on most LaTeX systems. The latest version and documentation can
% be obtained at: 

% correct bad hyphenation here



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  • 2
    Your measured textheight is off by 1.60 pt, that is 0.564 mm. Sligtly less for the width. Remember, the line has a certain width as well and your measuring cannot be accurate enough.
    – Johannes_B
    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:19
  • 1. Yes, slightly off. +- 1 pt is tolerable, to me. 2. Line is nearly of 1 pt in width, so it should not make too much a difference. 3. Do you think aspect ratio is 1:1 in physical print?
    – kaka
    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:23
  • The second image confused me, it has nothing to do ith the question. You have a printer issue, try another one (different manufacturer) to see if the problem persists or if this is related to your printer. Or print from another viewer.
    – Johannes_B
    Mar 28, 2016 at 6:27
  • 1
    Issue solved. LuaTex generated an accurately measured (geometric) pdf, the problem was with printer. Once a printer is changed from kyocera KM-3050 KX to Xerox WorkCenter 5865, the physical page has dimensions (m.m) exactly as defined by \layout.
    – kaka
    Mar 29, 2016 at 1:44
  • 4
    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is solved by comments.
    – Mensch
    Aug 2, 2016 at 18:00


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