Print crop marks

To print crop marks, you must print on a paper size that is larger than the page size that you have set for your publication. Commonly, this requires that you print to an imagesetter (imagesetter: A high resolution output device that prints to paper or film, or directly to a press plate. Publications that will be commercially printed are usually output from an imagesetter as the first step toward going to press.), which can define a variety of paper sizes.

You can also print crop marks by using a desktop printer. You just need to print on a sheet of paper that is larger than the final dimensions that you want after the page is trimmed.

  1. On the File menu, click Print, and then click the Publication and Paper Settings tab.
  2. In the Size list, under Paper, check the paper size and select a larger size if you need to.

The paper sizes that are available depend on the printer driver (printer driver: The device that communicates between your software program and your printer. The printer driver tells Publisher what the printer can do, and also tells the printer how to print the publication.) that you have selected. Most imagesetter printer drivers have paper sizes such as Letter.Extra, A4.Extra, and Legal.Extra, which provide extra space on every edge to accommodate crops marks and other printer's marks (printer's marks: Marks printed outside the printable area on each page of your publication to help you or your commercial printing service trim, align, and control color in your publication.).

  1. On the Printer Details tab, click Advanced Printer Setup, and then click the Page Settings tab.
  2. Under Printer's marks, select the Crop marks check box.
  3. Select any other options that you want, and then click OK.


  • To turn off crop marks, clear the Crop marks check box.
  • The Job information, Registration marks, and Density bars options are available only if you selected Composite Grayscale, Separations, or Composite CMYK under Output on the Separations tab. They are not available if you select Composite RGB, which is the default.
Applies to:
Publisher 2007