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How to Resize Printables

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One of the questions I get asked the most is if I make printables in different sizes.  Most of my printables are formatted to print onto US Letter (8.5″ x 11″) paper, and I don’t typically offer different sizes.  However, there is a way to resize printables to make them fit your needs.  This tutorial is specifically for Mac users, as that is the operating system I use and am familiar with.  If you are a Windows user, Philofaxy offers a helpful tutorial.

To start, ensure you open your files using Adobe Reader.  Make sure that you have the most updated version (free) here: get.adobe.com/reader/

Once your files are open in Adobe Reader, click on ‘File’ > ‘Print’, which will bring up a new window:

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In the bottom left corner of the ‘Print’ window, click on ‘Page Setup…’.  This will bring up another new window:

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Click on the ‘Paper Size’ option, then click on ‘Manage Custom Sizes’:

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Next, you’ll have to fill in the page size you would like to print.  Here are some popular planner page dimensions:

Inches:
A5 – 5.83″ x 8.27″
Personal – 3.74″ x 6.73″
A6 –  4.13″ x 5.83″
Pocket – 3.19″ x 4.72″
 
Millimeters:
A5 – 148mm x 210mm
Personal – 95mm x 171mm
A6 – 105mm x 148mm
Pocket – 81mm x 120mm
 

Ensure that your height and width are correct, and that the non-printable area are all set to “0 in”:

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Click ‘OK’, which will take you back to your ‘Print Window’.  Make sure it’s set to print to scale (select the option that says ‘Fit’ under ‘Paper Sizing and Handling’), and click ‘Print’!

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Typically, it’s easier to print onto the correct size paper, but you can also print onto US Letter size paper and cut out the pages.  

Please keep in mind that adjusting the scale of the printable allows you to print onto different size paper, however, resizing may not always turn out perfectly (things may be slightly skewed or there may be extra white space), as they were not intended to print that size.  If you are trying to resize printables from my shop, I have been able to print both my planner designs and calendar designs to fit into smaller sizes with great results!

I hope this tutorial helps with resizing!  Let me know if you give it a try!