Page Printing Tips & Tricks

When working with Print Conductor, along with other file types, you can add various documents to the print list. You can make different settings for your documents. Documents usually consist of pages. In this article, we will look into the settings available for pages. They include page scaling, watermarking, page numeration, printing crop marks, printing several pages on one sheet, page auto-rotation, alignment & offset, color mode, paper size, and more. You'll find these in Settings > Advanced: Page layout, Text watermark, and Multiple pages per sheet sections. 

This article describes Print Conductor 7.0. Please refer to the article How to Change Print Settings with Print Conductor if you're using an earlier version.

Select paper size

You can set specific page size for your printed documents. By default, it is set to As in printer – your selected printer controls the paper size. To find which paper size is currently set in your printer, check the Printer Properties:

Set page format via Printer Properties button

 To change paper size via Print Conductor, use the Paper size option:

Set paper size (page format) for documents

The range of available page formats will depend on your printer model. If you want the program to select the most appropriate paper format for each file automatically, change the default setting As in printer to Page size based

When Page size based is selected, Print Conductor identifies the page size dimensions of a document. It chooses the best paper format that would match the page at a scale of 1:1 without large margins around the page. If a perfect match is not possible, then the closest possible option is used.

To set paper size:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Paper size setting (start typing "paper size" in the search bar);
  3. Select the necessary option or paper format from the dropdown list;
  4. Click OK.

Change color mode

In the Advanced settings, you can set color or grayscale (black & white) printing. 

Change color mode

  • Grayscale (grayscale mode)
  • Color (color mode)
  • As in printer (as set in your Printer Properties)

If you have any additional color properties set in your printer properties (e.g., RGB or CMYK color mode selected) or a saved color profile, use As in printer option to keep these settings intact.

To select color mode:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Color mode setting (start typing "color" in the search bar) and change it;
  3. Click OK.

Add page numbers, filenames or text to printed pages

1. Add page numbers

You can apply page numbering to printed documents or add other information to printed pages. To add page numbers when printing PDF or other document types, use the Text watermark feature with default template {srcfilepageno}:

Add page numbers when printing

Check the box next to Enabled to activate it. Additionally, you can change page number parameters:

  • Font (adjust stylistic attributes of a font: font type, color, size)
  • Template (set by default {srcfilepageno} stands for source file page number)
  • Alignment (X-axis: Left, Center, Right; Y-axis: Top, Center, Bottom)
  • Margins (X and Y-axis offset: set any value; units equal to 0.01 inch)
  • Rotation (adjust the angle of watermark rotation, degree)

2. Place custom watermark to page center

Using the Text watermark feature, you can insert not only page numbers but add any other text onto printed pages and customize it your way.

Custom text watermark settings

Here you can just replace the default Template value with your text. You can also adjust the watermark by changing the font, watermark alignment, margins, and rotation.

3. Add filename to header or footer

You can use a template with various document data, including a filename as a text watermark. Add a new template or replace the default one with any other predefined template. To do it, go to Text watermark settings and click the {=} icon:

Text watermark templates in Print Conductor

Template name MacroDescription
File folder {srcfilefolder}Folder path where the file is located.
For example: C:/Documents/Subfolder_A
File folder name{srcfilefoldername}File directory name (file location name).
For example: Subfolder_A
Filename {srcfilename}File name. 

For example: Document_A

File extension{srcfileext}File extension. 
For example: docx
File type{srcfiletype}File type. 
For example: Microsoft Office Word
File time{srcfiletime}Time when the file was modified (File properties > Details > Date modified). 
For example: 16:00:05
File pages{srcfilepages}The total number of pages 
File page number{srcfilepageno}Current page number
File author{author}Name of the user who created the file
File creator{creator}Software with which the file was created
File custom text{customtext}User-specified text which can be added to any list item using Item settings… (Custom text field)
Copies{copies}File's number of copies
Time {time}Time of file processing by Print Conductor 
Date{date}Date of file processing by Print Conductor 

You can combine them together (and even with your own text) to create a complex text watermark. For example: {srcfilename}.{srcfileext}. Some templates take data from the source file metadata. So if some data is missing in the file itself – a certain template may be omitted in the watermark.

To place more than one watermark at the same time, you can simply add a new one by pressing Enter in the Template field.

To add page numbers, custom text, or template as a watermark:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Text watermark section (start typing "text watermark" in the search bar) and enable it;
  3. Adjust the required parameters using Text watermark settings
  4. Click OK.

Set auto rotation of pages

Print Conductor has an ability to auto rotate pages automatically and align them to the sheet of paper. You can simply enable this setting and not worry about changing the page orientation – portrait or landscape – for each printed document or image. 

Auto rotate document pages

To turn on auto rotation of pages, find the Auto rotate setting and enable it. Choose which way the pages should be rotated – Clockwise or Counterclockwise. The program will automatically detect the best page orientation for each document and rotate it to landscape or portrait. 

To automate page rotation:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Auto rotate setting (type "auto" in the search bar) and check it;
  3. Click OK.


Set page orientation

You can manually set orientation of pages to portrait or landscape. Portrait and landscape refer to different orientations of the paper – whether it should be printed vertically or horizontally.

Page orientation

Available options are:

  • Portrait (set vertical orientation)
  • Landscape (set horizontal orientation)
  • As in document (keep the same as the document's orientation)
  • As in printer (keep page orientation as set in Printer Properties)

To change page orientation to landscape or portrait:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Page orientation setting (type "orientation" in the search bar);
  3. Select the desired option;
  4. Click OK.


In Print as image mode, Print Conductor converts documents into a raster graphic (bitmap) image before printing. If you have any issues with print quality (e.g., text characters look corrupted, or the overall quality looks poor), try this feature.

Print as image

To increase the printout quality:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Print as image setting (type "print as" in the search bar) and check it;
  3. Click OK.


Set rasterization resolution

You can control Rasterization resolution value (DPI, Dots Per Inch) which affects quality of files when they are rasterized before printing. This setting applies only when printing in Print as image mode. Resolution can be set in a range between 72 to 2400. We recommend:

  • 300 DPI for text documents;
  • 600 DPI or higher – for high-quality images or photos.

We don't recommend setting DPI lower than 150 (the printout may have low visual quality) or higher than 1200 (processing may take a lot of system resources and time).

Page resolution

To set DPI for printing:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Rasterization resolution setting (type "rasterization" in the search bar);
  3. Define the DPI value;
  4. Click OK.


Add crop marks

Crop marks (cut marks or trim marks) are thin lines printed in the corners of your document sheets of paper to show where to trim the paper. Print Conductor can add crop marks when printing images or PDF files. Find Print Crop Marks in the Advanced settings to use this feature:

Add crop marks to printed documents

To print crop marks:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Print crop marks setting (type "crop" in the search bar) and check it;
  3. Click OK.


Set scale mode

You can set page sizing to define how the printouts will look on the sheets of paper. Adjust it using the Scale mode feature: 

Set scale mode for printing

Available options are:

Shrink
Shrink-to-page option: decreases page size to printable area. It resizes only large pages to fit the paper and prints small pages as they are.
Fit
Fit-to-page option: fits page size to printable area. Scales small pages up and large pages down to fit the paper.
As is
"As is" option: prints pages or images in their original size.
Fill
Fill-to-page option: print a full page from edge to edge on the short side. No matter the size, the page will fill the whole sheet of paper or even beyond the paper (on the long side).
Booklet
Booklet option: lays out the pages two per sheet, as a booklet (works if Adobe Acrobat is used as a print engine)

To adjust page scaling:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Scale mode setting (start typing "scale" in the search bar) and change it;
  3. Click OK.

Adjust page alignment & offset

With Print Conductor, you can adjust and fine-tune the positioning of the print on a sheet of paper. It can be done via Alignment and Offset settings. You can use them as standalone settings (separately) or both together.

1. Alignment 

By default, a printed page or image is centered. If you want to make it off-center, you can select an alignment option in the Advanced settings:

Change page alignment

Adjust a page's position on the sheet of paper by changing one or both Horizontal alignment or Vertical alignment options using parameters:

  • Center
  • Right 
  • Left
  • Top
  • Bottom

2. Horizontal & vertical offset

This setting shifts the page position vertically and horizontally. By default, both options are set to 0, which is the origin of coordinates. Zero (0) is the starting point and is located in the top left corner of a page or image. You can change them to any value. Units equal to 0.01 inch. You can use both positive and negative values, for example:

  • Horizontal offset: 150
  • Vertical offset: -50

Offset settings

Note

If you specify high values for offset, your printouts may extend beyond the printable area or go beyond the bounds of a sheet of paper. To select the best offset values for your needs, we recommend trying virtual printing before the actual printing. You can do it by using Print Conductor with the Universal Document Converter virtual printer.

3. Alignment + offset

You can combine offset with page alignment. This is how it works: when alignment is set, e.g., to Center and Right, you can additionally shift the page or image relative to the starting point. Below is a scheme illustrating the starting points:

Alignment + offset: adjust left/right and top/bottom position of pages when printing

To adjust printout positioning on the sheet of paper:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Horizontal alignment and Vertical alignment values (start typing "align" in the search bar) and change them;
  3. Find the Horizontal offset and Vertical offset values (start typing "offset" in the search bar) and modify them;
  4. Click OK.

Change printer resolution

Most printers support high, medium, low, and draft resolutions, and you can set this directly in Print Conductor. These properties are handy when you want a quick version, or draft, of your documents for proofing, or a slower, but high-quality version for release. To do it, change the Print resolution in the Advanced tab:

Change printer resolution: High, Medium, Low, Draft

  • As in printer (as set in your Printer Properties)
  • High (print at a high-quality level)
  • Medium (print at a standard quality level)
  • Low (print at a low-quality level)
  • Draft (print low-quality draft output)

To change printer resolution settings:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Printer resolution setting (start typing "printer" in the search bar) and change it;
  3. Click OK.

Vectorize text

You can use the Vectorize text feature so that the program converts text characters into outlines (curves) before printing. This option may come in handy when you are printing to a vector PDF using a virtual printer. The output file will be readable, but the file recipient will not be able to copy or edit the text from it. So if you print to a PDF printer (like Universal Document Converter or Acrobat), you'll get a vectorized PDF but with non-searchable text.

To use this feature, enable Vectorize text setting in the Advanced tab:

Vectorize – convert text characters into curves before printing

Note

This feature works with PDF documents as source files and only if ABCPDF print engine is used. To select this print engine, go to Settings > Print engine and select ABCPDF next to PDF format:

PDF print engine for text vectorized into curves

To convert text into curves:

  1. Go to Settings > Advanced;
  2. Find the Vectorize text setting (start typing "vectorize" in the search bar) and check it;
  3. Click OK.


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