Making combined pdf pages the same size.

Community Beginner ,
Jul 26, 2016 Jul 26, 2016

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I have combined several pages into one pdf Binder.  Although all the pages were built on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, inside the combined pdf they are different sizes on the scree.  How can I achieve continuity between all the page sizes?

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016
Print to Adobe PDF with "fit" (uncheck from "actual size") in print settings.

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Guide , Oct 03, 2018 Oct 03, 2018
You can do this with Acrobat Pro.Go to Tools> Print Production> Prefilght> FixUps (blue wrench icon)> Pages.Select Scale pages to specified sizeGo to the little fly-out menu and duplicate the prefilght, give it a new name.Click on Edit, to change the desired final trim size and the method used to get to this size (scale, white border, etc.)Click on Fix to apply the change.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 03, 2018 Oct 03, 2018

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What version of Acrobat do you have?

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2018 Oct 03, 2018

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I assume I have the latest version, I downloaded it from Creative Cloud

last week.

How do I duplicate one of the page fixes as you suggested above (so that I

can make it do what I want it to do)

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 03, 2018 Oct 03, 2018

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okay, I duplicated and instructed a 6 x 9 page size and then applied it to

all pages and it did not work. In the case of one page out of the 100, it

shrunk the page to 4 x 6 ... other pages are still uneven .... so ... ????

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New Here ,
Oct 31, 2018 Oct 31, 2018

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I agree that this is ridiculous! I am finding none of the recommended options (when I switch to Adobe Acrobat DC 2015 Profiles, I only have two "scale" options--they only related to A4 sizing and I don't see how to edit them). I have to turn to Mac Preview to do this every time I need to, and I lose my bookmarks--I want to scream!!!! This is such a simple file manipulation, I don't see why it's not more of a priority.

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New Here ,
Oct 31, 2018 Oct 31, 2018

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I finally found instructions on where to find more scaling options here: RESIZE PDF . It is still WAY too complicated. I'm begging for a better solution!!

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2022 Jan 29, 2022

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Goodness why don't they just have a tab for that?!

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New Here ,
Nov 14, 2018 Nov 14, 2018

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I HAVE THE SOLUTION!!!!  For anyone whom the above does not work for....

I too have spent hours on this over the past 2 years scouring the internet for a solution to this annoying situation. Using the suggestions above with regards to going to Print and then selecting 'Print to Adobe PDF' (did not work for me, said 'invalid parameter??) I have tried a few other things and found one that works!

Go to Print and selected 'MICROSOFT PRINT TO PDF', save with a new file name.  Then open it and TA-DA!!!!

Hope this works for you too!

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New Here ,
Sep 14, 2019 Sep 14, 2019

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yes .. thanks for the solution

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New Here ,
Jun 22, 2020 Jun 22, 2020

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Thanks, that worked for me. I had 2 A4 pages that were showing different widths when I combined them in a single pdf. 

It's fixed now. When you choose 'MICROSOFT PRINT TO PDF, make sure you click to select  SHRINK OVERSIZED PAGES. It's on the PAPER SIZING AND HANDLING section of the print box.

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New Here ,
Aug 31, 2021 Aug 31, 2021

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YOU ARE MY HERO!!!

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2022 Jan 29, 2022

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How the hell to go from print to save?? Sorry I do this like once every few years. I don't want to freaking print the 300 plus pages I just want the digital version all the same size.

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New Here ,
Jan 30, 2022 Jan 30, 2022

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Cool thanks!!!

That worked pretty good. It placed it page on a visible white background but still that's a lot better than every page a completely different size 

 

Thanks again for sharing!!!

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New Here ,
Sep 23, 2020 Sep 23, 2020

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hello, would you help me with the fact that how can I print with fit (page sizing) without flattening of my pdf and highlights? many thanks in advance

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020

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George,  I just signed up for Adobe Acrobat on my iPad. The subscription version. I am combining 2 jpegs/pdf's.  The are actually the same size as PDFs. It's a book and it's cover. I have to use the compress function on the inside of the book because it's over 104mb. After I do that, I select add a file. It adds the cover. But the cover is waaay smaller than the book and looks silly. I read your notes about click "print" and size to fit etc, but this version on the iPad, when I do that, it doesn't even offer those options, how do I resize the cover to match the book?  When I do select "print" it in fact shows the cover as being the same size as the internal pages. But the issue is, I need to send electronic versions of the book and the cover needs to be the same size in that send.  Thank you!🙂

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LEGEND ,
Oct 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020

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They clearly aren't the same size or they would be the same size in PDF. Two documents may view on screen and look the same size, but that's just a chance of how they look; you need to choose the size in inches (or mm) carefully for each. This probably means going back a step to how the PDFs were made. How do you make the book, and make the cover?

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020

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I will ask my programmer today. It’s a book that is fed directly to the
printer. So the size must be the same. The only thing is, the cover is both
front and back so I am cropping it by, let’s face it, approximately half.
But even accounting for wiggle room, it’s displaying at less than half the
size when combined with the book pages.

I get what you’re saying, but, I am selling these books and sending the
files to the printer, there is no adjustment on the printers end as it’s
automated, so the file must be the same size. But I will definitely check.
Maybe something is happening when I download it.

Thank you so much!
--
*Princess Adventures*

*www.PrincessAdventures.com *
*Austin, Texas*
*(331) 645-9396*

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LEGEND ,
Nov 01, 2020 Nov 01, 2020

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The thing to get into the habit of is to check the page size. In Acrobat or Reader the trick is to move the cursor down to the bottom left of the page, and the size should pop up. You can't really tell anything by looking because Acrobat will happily scale any size to fill the page.

 

This size is in inches or mm. All PDFs are measured this way, but it has no real relation to the size on screen. However, it is very much the size to print. If you have a piece that is 8.5 x 11 inches and cut it in half, then the print size is going to be 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Hence the importance of designing at the right finished size. Often the first clue that something is going to print badly wrong is that the pages of a document show up as different sizes on screen.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 02, 2020 Nov 02, 2020

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I end up opening the combined file in Preview Mac Built-in App. Then go to print, and under the PDF dropdown in the bottom left, save as pdf, and this saved file has the pages as the same page, per the printer settings in Preview.

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New Here ,
Nov 12, 2020 Nov 12, 2020

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Yes this now works, using the Preview Mac Built-in App. Thanks! 

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New Here ,
Jan 29, 2022 Jan 29, 2022

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I was able to do it once the way you described, but now when I save the combined PDF to Preview, it saves as individual pages.  What needs to change?  I've tried to save as a jpeg several different ways after combining in Acrobat.

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 29, 2022 Jan 29, 2022

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I do not know what it means, when you print to preview, but creating JPEGs means one file per page. There is no multiple page JPEG.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 29, 2022 Jan 29, 2022

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You can change the page size of pdfs in Acrobat, there is no need to print to a new pdf, which can damage pdf functionality and is not best practice. Opening a pdf in Apple Preview can also damage a pdf. I have added a link to a related discussion, see the last post for the safest and best option (IMHO) to re-size a pdf and make all page sizes consistent, (assuming some pages don't contain crop marks and bleed).

Another good option is to place all pdf pages into InDesign, where you have good control over size, position & bleed, you can also have multiple page sizes, if needed. Export to a new pdf.

Edit, I see I already made the same suggestions years earlier in this thread.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/resizing-individual-pages-within-a-pdf/m-p/970792...

 

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2022 Mar 26, 2022

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I have a MAC -  and this suggestion worked.  Thank you. 

 

I went from Adobe to Preview - then I went to "Save as PDF" from the print screen - and saved it. Then, when I opened on Adobe Acrobat - the pages were the same size. 

 

I think Adobe has to have a simple option that lets a user click "MAKE THE DARN PAGES THE SAME FREAKIN' SIZE" 

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New Here ,
Mar 07, 2022 Mar 07, 2022

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Looks like this has been ongoing for years! Here's what I do to fix this  problem:

 

Open the scanned document in Adobe Scan App > Tap "Modify" > Tap " Resize",
select the desired page size (for example, US Lettet Portrait)
scroll through all the pages and make sure the entire page fits into the Crop Marks for the selected page size.

When ready to save the changes hit the Check Mark √ at the top of the document.

 

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