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Normally I use the crop package within a book class to produce individual sheets with crop marks. Now I would like to produce sheets for octavo signature binding, that is, eight pages on each side of the large sheet where the inside margins between even and odd pages do not crop because they fold. I know how to put the "mosaic" together from the PDF produced by pdflatex, but before I do that I need to add the crop marks and position the text area on the pages properly. I seem unable to achieve that with the crop package.

I can remove the inside crop marks with:

\usepackage[cam,a4,center,mount2]{crop}

Outer crop marks, centered

But I seem unable to shift the page area to make it flush with the inner border. What I want to get is this:

Outer crop parks, flush to inside

Of curse I know that the centered option should not be part of the final solution, but if I remove it the text area flushes to top left on all pages, so I left it in here for the purpose of illustration.

Also, I know I could technically have the crop marks only on every 16th page, and that would be fine if it were the case.

I am looking primarily for a TeX solution (configuring or replacing the crop package) but a command-line tool to assemble the signatures and add crop marks would be a perfectly acceptable alternative.

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  • Would pdfpages package be an option? It would possibly allow you to get directly the big sheet pdf. See package doc. Sep 18, 2023 at 11:29
  • See also tex.stackexchange.com/questions/179119/… Sep 18, 2023 at 11:44
  • It seems to me that both (pdfpages and the question referenced above) address the latter part of my problem, where I'm not completely clueless, i.e., the (re)arrangement of the pages. But it does not deal with the crop marks, which are the main problem for me.
    – Frigo
    Sep 18, 2023 at 12:51
  • Provide the MWE
    – MadyYuvi
    Sep 20, 2023 at 16:51

2 Answers 2

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Actually, combining includepdf and crop seems to work:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage[cam,width=25cm,height=35cm,center]{crop}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{pdfpages}

\begin{document}

\includepdf[pages=-,noautoscale,landscape,signature=8]{mydocument.pdf} % Document is A5 format

\end{document}

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A partial solution if you could switch to memoir class:

\documentclass[showtrims]{memoir}
\quarkmarks
\setstocksize{20cm}{16cm}
\setpagemr{16cm}{12cm}{*}
\setlrmarginsandblock{30mm}{15mm}{*}
\setulmarginsandblock{40mm}{20mm}{*}
\setheadfoot{5mm}{5mm}
\checkandfixthelayout

\makeatletter

\let\mytmarktl\tmarktl
\renewcommand{\tmarktl}{\ifodd\c@page\mytmarktl\else\relax\fi} 

\let\mytmarkbl\tmarkbl
\renewcommand{\tmarkbl}{\ifodd\c@page\mytmarkbl\else\relax\fi}

\let\mytmarktr\tmarktr 
\renewcommand{\tmarktr}{\ifodd\c@page\else\mytmarktr\fi}

\let\mytmarkbr\tmarkbr 
\renewcommand{\tmarkbr}{\ifodd\c@page\else\mytmarkbr\fi}

\makeatother

\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\lipsum\lipsum\lipsum

\end{document}

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