Printing multiple pages per sheet

How to print multiple page of a document on single sheets of paper (example prints pages 2x2 on a sheet):

  1. Convert the doc to pdf
  2. pdfnup --nup 2x2 --no-landscape doc.pdf
  3. lpr doc-nup.pdf

To get pdfnup on gentoo you’ll need to install app-text/pdfjam.

More advanced options

pdfnup --nup 2x2 --suffix '2x2' --landscape --batch doc-one.pdf doc-two.pdf

That will create files called doc-one-2x2.pdf and doc-two-2x2.pdf whos pages each contain four pages of the original in landscape orientation.

For other options, see pdfjam --help.

My common usage

I normally use pdfnup simply to reduce the number of pages I have to print. The documents I print most often are research papers, which are normally in portrait orientation.

2 pages per sheet (halve the number of pages to print):

pdfnup --nup 2x1 --suffix '2x1' doc.pdf

4 pages per sheet (quarter the number of pages to print):

pdfnup --nup 2x2 --suffix '2x2' --no-landscape doc.pdf

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