Wednesday, September 9, 2009

how do I set the page size of a pdf?

How do I set the page size of a PDF to 6 X 9? Anyone know? Thank you very much for your help.

6 comments:

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

FYI, I think I figured out that to do this, I need a version of adobe acrobat professional for which I don't have the RAM. I'll have to try plan C, when I get home tomorrow.

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

Okay, here's the situation. Lulu can publish any font you want, if you embed your fonts in a pdf before you upload your document. My computer's pdf making abilities are presently too rudimentary to make a pdf with the specifications I need for a job like this. A little further down the road I envision being able to work better with pdfs.

But for now what this means is that I need to upload a document that contains fonts that are recognizable by Lulu's system. There are about ten such fonts. All of this simply means that for the present project I am unable, at this time, to do something I was really hoping to do, namely, to use a really beautiful font, called Wedding Text BT, for the initial letter of each psalm. And I have found that if I submit a text to Lulu in that font, it prints it in a really plain and ugly font, looks like Arial, or something horrid like that. So I went back to my document, and changed all those letters to Times New Roman, which works, but is not quite my dream text for those drop caps.

Anyway, the problem, under plan C, is now resolved.

Father Robert Lyons said...

Best thing to do long run is to start by formatting your MS Word file (assuming you are using MS Word) to 6x9. It then automatically converts when you PDF it.

Rob+

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

I will keep that in mind, Fr. Rob. Thanks. I also need to learn a lot more about PDFs.

By the way, this project has also gotten me to learn how to do drop caps, which has been invaluable to me. Over all, I'm very pleased with the book as it stands today, though I can see certain little changes I would consider down the road.

Deacon Latif Haki Gaba, SSP said...

Also, regarding page sizing, Lulu has templates you can download, which I suppose theoretically is the simplest way to do it, but I couldn't figure out how to do that download when I tried it some time ago. Maybe I'll try it again some time.

Father Robert Lyons said...

Latif,

Forget Lulu's templates... they're useless. Just manually set your pages up through PAGE SETUP in Word. 6x9 with .5 inch margins all around and a .3 inch gutter. Works perfectly for me, and has now for 3 years.

Rob+