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Printing multiple copies on one page

Printing multiple copies on one page

Printing multiple copies on one page

I have a piece of work that can fit 8 times onto a sheet of A4.  The document size is defined as 60mm x 90mm.  At the moment to fill a sheet of A4, I import it into Photoshop, flatten it and them copy it 8 times.  Needless to say if I make a change I have to go through the whole process again.  Is there anyway to get Illustrator to print 8 copies onto 1 page?


PS The artwork spills over the edge of the document borders.

RE: Printing multiple copies on one page

Out of the box, Illustrator doesn't have any imposition features, but your print driver might have some basic functionality. Look for anything that says N-up printing, or similar, in the print dialog box. You might have to search around for it a bit.

RE: Printing multiple copies on one page

Can you open a new blank AI doc set to the proper paper size and copy/paste in?  Then clone (option click on mac, think it's alt click on PC) that 8 times and align as necessary?

Or Save As and then change the page size in that one and clone 8 times.

Using OSX 10.3.9 on a G4

RE: Printing multiple copies on one page

My problem is that the artwork overlaps the edges of the artboard.  It's unavoidable, as the overlapping is caused by linked files.  If I try to copy and paste too close together, the work overlaps and becomes a mess.

RE: Printing multiple copies on one page

I'm sorry, but I  don't understand about the edge of the artboard.  The artboard can be any size you want and can be changed by File menu/Document Setup.

If you use cloning, instead of pasting 8 times, you get to simply move a copy of the original to a new position on the artboard.

Using OSX 10.3.9 on a G4

RE: Printing multiple copies on one page

Creating a clipping mask will sort out the overlap; just draw a rectangle over the area you need to print, select all, Object > Clipping Mask > Make. The overlapping objects will still be there, but you won't be able to see them.

RE: Printing multiple copies on one page

Select your artwork, then go to Effect>Distort&Transform>Transform, input the amount you want to move horizontally, enter the number of copies you'd like.  Repeat, but this time enter the number of copies you want vertically.  You will now have one original, and a number of live clones.  Change the original, and all copies will update.



RE: Printing multiple copies on one page

Thanks guys, that did it.  I used a combination in the end.  I created a new A4 file, linked in my artwork, put a clipping mask around it and cloned it with the transform tool.

That's going to save me a load of time.  Thanks again.

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