Printing Bleed from Adobe Acrobat Pro 9

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I am trying to print a pdf file with bleed marks. I am going to advanced > print production > crop tools and setting the bleed to 5mm all round. When I go to print the document  and set bleed marks to print I get the bleeds marks at the edge of the document ie the document has been shrunk by 5mm all round. (the bleed marks are at the edge of the document rather than 5 mm inside the document!!) What am I doing wrong?? I am printing to a koinica minolta c5501 with a fiery rip.
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I'm not sure about Acrobat Pro, but in Reader you can select various scaling options when you go to print. From your description, it sounds as if you have selected "Fit to Printable Area" or "Shrink to Printable Area". Select "None" instead.

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Thank you for your reply. I have been sending these jobs with no scaling already. ie set to "None" What I can't understand is by setting bleed marks to print it crops the document to the bleed marks rather that printing the whole document and placing the bleed marks 5mm from the edge of the document.
Does the document *plus* crop marks fit on the paper size that Acrobat Pro thinks you're using?
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It sounds like your printing sheet is too small for the PDF file, so you need to go to a larger sheet size. A metric example is if you wish to print A3 with bleeds you'll need to print to 18" by 11" or SRA3 ( 454 by 310mm, can't remember the exact dimensions.) However both these sizes still won't print all of the crop marks.

I the bleed margin you will only see a small amount of the crop marks. This should be fine for an experience guillotine operator, just be cautious if you are trimming the sheet with a scalpel or exacto type knife.

If you have the opportunity to get the crop mark offset changed you can get the crops set to say 2mm offset instead of the standard 3.118 ish mm which is most likely 6 point.

Remeber also that crop marks will sit outside the final trimmed document, so that the trimmed document will not have any visisble crops on the final product.

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Thank you for this. the joys of printing are driving me slightly mad!!

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