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how to print 6 pages on A4 landscape

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Aug 23, 2012 7:58 AM

I am designing some tickets in Pages and want to use page numbering for the ticket numbers. I have created a landscape ticket the size of a sixth of an A4 sheet, so you get 2 tickets across and three down. If I choose print 6 pages per sheet, it always shows it as portrait. There seems to be no option to changing the printing page to landscape. I have tried printing to pdf but that seems to reduce the size  of the art work. I can get it to print 4 up on A4, but that will increase costs as I intend to print on at least 200gsm paper/card. Has anyone had to do anything similar and managed to crack this problem?

iMac-Intel core duo-2Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Also Macbook
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)
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    Aug 23, 2012 4:32 PM (in response to bknewhaven)

    To create numbered tickets:



    I am not sure as to the rest. What always shows it as "portrait"?


    To turn your page into landscape:


    Menu > File > Page Setup > Orientation > Horizontal or simply choose a blank horizontal template.


    A pdf file should be the same size as the original, so you will need to explain how you made the pdf.


    It sounds like you used:


    Menu > File > Print > Pages per Sheet: 6


    That works within the printable borders of the sheet so is not using the full A4 and of course reduces the original size artwork down to make the multiple copies.



  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,700 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 9:35 AM (in response to bknewhaven)

    I could duplicate your problem. Then, when I created four pages of A4 landscape tickets in the 2 wide by 3 depth configuration, I was able to get those four pages to print in one A4 landscape, only when I chose 4-up and sized the individual tickets at 129.6 mm by 54.7 mm. I then distributed them vertically with the top and bottom ticket row aligned to the appropriate layout document boundary. Trying this with 6-up resulted in portrait layout.


    The caveat is that tickets printed in n-up configuration may be smaller than desired.


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  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,340 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 12:08 PM (in response to bknewhaven)

    Menu > File > Page Setup... > Paper Size: > Manage Custom Sizes...


    Check the Orientation if you want landscape.


    I just set up a 148 x 68mm page. It is accurate and doesn't change.


    If you use Apple's standard Pages per Sheet to make multiple copies on each sheet of Paper, the process fits within the printing margins of the page and allows a margin between each reduced page, so it is not neat or accurate. The software plays with sizes to fit within whatever rules it has set. 4 up A4 on an A4 is not A6 it is smaller.


    To accurately layout multiple copies it is better to print the document actual size to a pdf file then use the pdfs in a custom laid out Pages sheet just for printing.


    The ticket method I linked to above allows you to retain each ticket as an inline object which you can also position as you want with multiple objects per page.




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