Printing on a non-standard paper size

Using Adobe Acrobat to print on custom paper sizes

Short-run or late night prints are often conveniently done in the comfort of your home (yoga pants and wine glass required). If you're like me and a few of my clients, you've picked up pre-cut paper, taken it home, and realized your printer doesn't have a preset for the size you just shelled out $20 for.

I've run into this problem enough that I thought I should just put it up on a post for safe-keeping. Here's how you can use Adobe Acrobat to print on non-standard paper sizes:

  1. Make sure your file's dimensions match your desired paper size. To check, go to "File > Properties". In the "Description" tab, look for "Page Size" towards the bottom.
    NOTE: If your page size does not match your desired paper size, contact your graphic designer for edits.
  2. Open the file in Adobe Acrobat
  3. File > Print
  4. Make sure you have “Actual Size” radio button selected in “Page Sizing and Handling"
  5. Click the "Page Setup" button (bottom left).
  6. In the "Paper Size" dropdown, select "Manage Custom Sizes..."
  7. Click “+” at bottom left to start new template. Title your template.
  8. Type the size of your pre-cut non-standard paper size into the “Paper Size” text fields
  9. In “Non-Printable Area”, select “User Defined” and change the fields to 0in.
  10. Click “OK” and “Print”

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