Create and use a custom page size

It’s important to distinguish between page size (as defined in the source application’s Document Setup dialog box for your document) and paper size (the sheet of paper, piece of film, or area of the printing plate you’ll print on). Your page size might be U.S. Letter (8-1/2-by-11 in. or 21.59-by-27.94 cm), but you might need to print on a larger piece of paper or film to accommodate any printer’s marks or the bleed area. To ensure that your document prints as expected, set up your page size in both the source application and the printer.

The list of paper sizes available to Acrobat comes from the PPD file (PostScript printers) or from the printer driver (non-PostScript printers). If the printer and PPD file you’ve chosen for PostScript printing support custom paper sizes, you see a Custom option in the Paper Size menu. For printers capable of producing very large print areas, Acrobat supports pages as large as 15,000,000 in. (38,100,000 cm) by 15,000,000 in. (38,100,000 cm).

Create a custom page size (Windows)

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Open the Printers or Printer And Faxes window from the Start menu. Right-click the Adobe PDF printer, and choose Printing Preferences.

    • In an authoring application such as Adobe InDesign, choose File > Print. Select Adobe PDF as the printer, and click the Properties button. (In some applications, you may need to click Setup in the Print dialog box to open the list of printers, and then click Properties or Preferences to customize the Adobe PDF settings.)

  2. In the Adobe PDF Settings tab, click the Add button next to the Adobe PDF Page Size menu.
  3. Specify the name, width, height, and unit of measurement. Click Add/Modify to add the custom page size name to the Adobe PDF Page Size menu.

Create a custom page size (Mac OS)

  1. In an authoring application such as Adobe InDesign, choose File > Page Setup.
  2. In the Paper Size pop-up menu, select Manage Custom Sizes.
  3. Click the + button.
  4. Specify the name, height, width, and margins. The unit of measurement depends on the system language.

Use the custom page size

  1. Choose File > Print.
  2. Click the Page Setup button.
  3. Select the new custom page size from the Paper Size menu.