Show and 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. The crop marks will appear in the print preview pane for your publication

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. .

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Using crop marks

To enable crop marks you have to both set your paper size to larger than your page size and then set your publication to use crop marks.

Set the paper size

  1. Click the File tab File button to open the Backstage View.
  2. Click the Print tab.
  3. Under Settings, select the paper size pull-down menu and select an appropriate paper size. For example, if your page size is 8.5” x 11” (letter size), then you might choose an 11” x 17” (tabloid size) for your paper.

Enable crop marks

  1. From the print space, select the pull-down menu for your printer.
  2. Select Advanced Output Settings.
    Print advanced output selection in Publisher 2010
  3. In the Advanced Output Settings dialog, select the Marks and Bleeds tab.
    Marks and bleeds dialog in Publisher 2010
  4. Under Printer’s marks, make sure that Crop marks is selected and click OK.

Preview your crop marks

Once you’ve set your paper size and enabled crop marks, you can see them in the print preview pane for your publication.

Print preview showing crop marks in Publisher 2010

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Publisher 2010