I've one illustrator file. The artboard takes much less than 1/4 of an A4 page. I would like to print 80 copies of it, 4 on each page. Is it possible?

I know that I can export the image, then ask windows to print them 4 by page, but I will loose illustrators options(trim marks by example).

So, is this possible with illustrator? What is the best way to do it? In the future I will have to do this regularly.

  • I have been trying to achieve the same, without having to resort to things like duplicating the artwork manually and such. I resorted to Corel DRAW and managed to achieve the wanted result in like 5 minutes using imposition tools... Now, I strongly prefer AI to CD, but here AI (and InDesign, Acrobat, etc. for that matter) let me down.
    – rafasoares
    Dec 8, 2020 at 12:07

2 Answers 2


Use Symbols.

Group your current artboard.
Choose Effect > Crop Marks to add crops to it. (or manually add marks, which is what I would do)
Drag it all to the Symbols Panel to create a symbol of your artwork with the marks.

Create a new A4 artboard...

Place as many of the Symbol instances as you like on the A4 artboard. They'll all have crops.

Print the A4 artboard.

If you need to edit the original, double-click the Symbol in the Symbols Panel to edit it. One symbol, used as many times as you like. This won't increase file size and allows you to control the layout of the "multi-up" page.

  • Such a great workflow - nice recommendation! May 21, 2019 at 17:29

That's my print dialog with the set up to 4 pages per sheet.

Click the Setup button to bring that second panel.

It is in Portuguese but I think it's easy to figure it out in other languages:

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  • What did you click on to have this second popup? I don't see it anywhere? Is it something directly related to your printer?
    – J4N
    Dec 20, 2018 at 6:54
  • I forgot to mention. I clicked the "Setup" button. My printer is a Laser printer (Kyocera).
    – LeoNas
    Dec 21, 2018 at 1:58
  • Okay, but I think it's dedicated to your printer, will not work for me :(
    – J4N
    Dec 21, 2018 at 6:52
  • In fact, that Setup tab shown in this answer is managed not by the printer, but by the OS - which in this answer's case is Mac OS - you don't have that OS-level setup option available in Windows - it has to come from the devices' driver in Windows. If you don't have it, you don't have it! May 21, 2019 at 17:28

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