How to Print Double Sided on Adobe

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How to Print Double Sided on Adobe
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Adobe makes several products that allow you to print on both sides of the paper. These include Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Acrobat, Illustrator and InDesign. The key to double-sided printing lies in the printing modes and the printer itself. Unless you have a very expensive, professional-level printer that will take care of this for you, creating double-sided images takes a little time and patience.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Print your photo as normal in Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or Illustrator on double-sided photo paper. Remove the image from the printer and allow at least half an hour for drying. Usually it will dry much faster than this, but let it sit for a while to prevent clogging the printer. Then, flip the print upside down in relation to the method in which your printer takes paper. Print the second image on the back of the first. This manual method works in all the Adobe products, but consumes more time and effort when multiple-page documents need to be printed back-to-back.

  2. 2

    Go to the “File” menu in Adobe Acrobat and select “Print.” In the pop-up window, select the printer and the other parameters for the print job. Leave the “All” button selected, then go down to the submenu next to the word “Subset:” and select “Odd Pages Only.” Click “Print.” This will print only the odd pages and not the even pages. When the print job has finished, turn the printed pages over and place them back into the printer. Go to “File” and then “Print” and select “Even Pages Only” next to “Subset.” Click “Print.” This will feed all the pages you previously printed back through the printer so that the blank sides will be printed with the even pages.

  3. 3

    Open Adobe InDesign and then go to the “File” menu and select your document. Open the document and determine how many pages it contains. Then go back to the “File” menu and select “Print.” In the pop-up dialogue box, go to the middle of the box to “Sequence.” Click the submenu there and select “Odd Pages Only.” Print the entire document, then turn the printer sheets over, reinsert them into the printer and return to the “Print” dialogue box. Next to “Sequence,” choose “Even Pages Only.”

Tips and warnings

  • If you are running documents through a laser printer, particularly a low-end one, make sure you fan the blank pages before printing on all sides and again after the first half of printing. This will help eliminate static and misprints.
  • Low-end laser printers also tend to get fairly hot, which can make pages stick together upon their return trip through the devices. It’s a good idea to print all of the odd pages first, then give the pages and the laser printer at least 15 minutes to cool down before printing the even pages.

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