[OS X TeX] [Slightly OT] Crop marks over a full page image

Alan T Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Sat May 15 05:40:06 CEST 2010


I am surprised the printer is asking you to do this. For myself I  
would not do it. The crop marks are normally set when the plate  
signatures are created or when the pages are imposed at the earliest,  
not when the layouts are being created. Certainly it is normal to  
ensure the trim box is set correctly to ensure that sufficient bleed  
exists. Even at the most basic level Acrobat would enable this for the  
printer and with far less fuss that it is for you to do it now (one  
click in the print dialog and you're done).

If your printer cannot achieve this then I would suggest finding a  
printer who actually knows what they are doing.


On 15/05/2010, at 1:44 PM, David Watson wrote:

> I am currently in the process of compiling a book of abstracts for a  
> meeting-in-miniature.
> For this work, I am using the document class memoir.
> The printer want bleeds for the cover page of 0.125 inches, and crop  
> marks, which I've figured out how to do for the remainder of the  
> document (resetting the \stockheight and \stockwidth and using  
> \settrims.
> The cover page is a real doozy, however, because the bleeds cover  
> the crop marks.
> I am using pdfpages to insert the cover artwork, and it works for  
> letter size pdfs inserted into the document, but not for the full  
> sized pdf cover.
> Does anyone have any experience or any suggestions for placing the  
> pdf (or any other image) BEHIND the crop marks?
> They require pdfs and asked me to submit bleeds of 0.125, although  
> the trims I suppose could be any size.
> Any ideas?

Alan T Litchfield
PO Box 141, Auckland, 1140
New Zealand

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