I am designing a file that will be printed as A5 (8.5inch x 11inch). I have used these dimensions to create a Z fold publication. So, I have created my design on an Illustrator art board that is also 8.5inch x 11inch.
I have printed out a mock up of the design so far, just to scribble on. I am using a standard A4 printer and A4 paper. The only way of fitting the design was to choose the 'Fit to Page' option on the Illustrator print settings. This is because the Z-fold 8.5inch x 11inch is slightly larger than the size of standard A4 paper.
How does Illustrator calculate what size to resize a design when the 'Fit to Page' option is ticked?
If I was to have an A3 printer printing on A3 paper, and I printed this design and document without the 'Fit to Page' option ticked, would it print the document the correct size, i.e at the 8.5in x 11in Z fold size onto the A3 (11.69in x 16.53in) paper, or would it somehow distort this to fit with the paper?
I've also set a 0.125in bleed around the edge of the document - how does this translate when printing to scale of the document, i.e not choosing the 'Fit to Page' option? If I used paper that was the perfect size of the designed document, I assume this would not be included into the artwork?
Apologies if very silly and unclear questioning. I'm really confused with the whole process and working to create print-ready files, and Googling specific questions leaves me more confused.