Questions about printing, the process of reproducing text and image, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. It is often carried out as a large-scale industrial process, and is an essential part of publishing and transaction printing.

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What is the highest possible print resolution in book publishing?

I want to publish an art book with a major publisher. I need to finish my artwork and then approach publishers, so I cannot ask for printer specifications beforehand. My art is digital, and I want to ...
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File resolution for printing [duplicate]

I'm drawing a webcomic that might eventually see print. I do not know what technology will be used, so I want to prepare my files for all eventualities. What is the ideal resolution (ppi) for black ...
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Seeking advice re: design & print shopping list [on hold]

I work for a well known London school and will soon be in charge of establishing their own in-house design and print service/department. We will be doing mostly publication and poster design, with ...
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Certain Printing Specifications for Folding

I want to be able to print on tabloid paper then fold it like a booklet but with a spine. So essentially it would have two folds so that it somewhat represents a spine. I would also want to have it ...
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Confused about the real resolution size and dpi for wall sticker printing using photoshop [duplicate]

i am quite newbie in graphic design. As beginner, this is the first time assigned with a task to print out a wall sticker design. The wall design size in real should be 106" x 128". Since i am using ...
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How do I make a document in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I tried to make a document in Photoshop with a size of 551" x 196" but for some reason it is not working. How do I make a document in Photoshop with the size I need?
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Are there any extra measures when designing a translucent business card?

My client needs a translucent business and this is the first time I am going to do create a design that's going to be printed on translucent plastic material. I am a bit worried about how the design ...
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Fixed size image on screens and paper?

I'm looking for an image format (I guess) that can be used for web images as well as for printing (on paper) directly from any platform/browser so that the images have the exact same sizes on paper ...
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Printing a consistent grey: is that still a challenge with comic books?

In a documentary on the American TV series The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982, dir. K. Johnson, with Messrs. Bixby, Ferrigno etc.), the producer/director explains that he tried to petition Stan Lee to ...
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Best way to export a vector logo from Illustrator to Photoshop for printing?

I have a vector logo (eps-file) that needs to be exported to an A4-flyer created in Photoshop for printing (as a PDF). What is the best way to export the logo to Photoshop at the appropriate size ...
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How would I go about printing on plastic lids?

How would I go about printing my own branding on black PET plastic lids, like in the picture? How is that achieved and what type of printing is that?
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Is cheap two-colour printing possible at all?

Every now and then I am called on to design a booklet of some sort (reader, dissertation, etc), and I am always tempted to use color for subtle highlights until I am reminded of the difference between ...
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How to change 'print' margins using Adobe Illustrator?

My document size is US Legal paper size (14 X 8.5 inches). I've chosen that setting under the page setup. In the viewer window, I can see that there are what seems to be preset margins, and my design ...
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How do I make heavy text readable without multiple columns or a high page count?

I went over this subject two times with my boss before, to please him with the company's proposals document, to be sent out to clients, and now I'm at square 1 again. The first layout had the ...
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Portrait Photograph, How do I get this

I am trying to achieve the runny ink look below on a portrait of a girl I took yesterday. At first I thought this look was the result of an error in the development process, but seeing other versions ...
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How to export a Magazine Document into a PDF for PRINTING?

I know how to export an indesign document into a PDF document, but I want to make sure it is the right format for printing. I've heard about something called Booklet? Thannk you for your answer! ...
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Finding Illustrator CC Color Swatches Being used

I'm going crazy over this one. I have been trying to locate color swatches being used in a Illustrator CC file. Through this process of elimination I have tried multiple search and locate options. ...
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Should I get poster printing for higher resolution than 5400 x 3600 for 36“ x 24”?

The highest "common" resolution I've seen for printing a poster is 5400 x 3600 for the reasonable price of (~$15), but I have the ability to make the images I want to print (procedurally generated) as ...
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Illustrator and CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors?

Should Illustrator be set to CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors? Thanks in advance!
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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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Exporting from InDesign to PDF - getting weird issues

We have a number of product brochures that we print internally in booklet format using a Ricoh MP C4503 Multi-functional copier. Our document creation process is to create the document in Adobe ...
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Printing poster from inDesign file

I've inherited an InDesign file and I'm new to the software. I need to send an exported PDF to print a 30"x40" poster from this InDesign file. The InDesign file was designed as a simple flyer, at ...
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back lit banner DPI question [duplicate]

I need to have a banner printed for a back lit header on a shelving unit in a retail store with the following dimensions 2’-11" x 1’-0", how many DPI would you recommend printing at? Thanks in ...
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Can I print a specific page of a tiled document on Adobe InDesign CC?

I have a rather large (5 by 1 meters) banner and I'd like to see an specific section of it in real size. I know I can tile the document on the print dialog on InDesign to be able to print it in real ...
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How to export an InDesign file to PDF that is going to be spiral bound

Ok so I designed a 106 page cookbook that is going to be spiral bounded. I created my InDesign document with a 3mm bleed and facing pages. On some pages there is an image that is stretched between ...
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Using slice tool on an entire artboard

I'm trying to make a 4 panel graphic presentation for one of those table-top convention displays so I made a new file with the right resolutions, bleeds etc set. I also made it 4 artboards in 4 ...
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Setting an Illustrator file to 120ppi

So I need to make some panels for one of those 4-panel stand-up convention displays and the template specs they gave me are clear about the bleed/trim and basic stuff, but it says "Resolution must be ...
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question about color printing on plastic bottle

Hello to all the graphic design professionals out there, I was wondering if you could share your experience on color printing on plastic bottles. (like this material) I am struggling because I ...
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Not so sticky vinyl for branding

I hope this is the right place. Tried Area52 for "printing" but that site is not launched yet. I have a "non sticky" situation where I need to be able to stick a model number down of a product to ...
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What is a good inkjet printer for printing very good quality text

I am a graphic designer and I am looking at buying a new inkjet printer. My old Canon Mp630 died last week. I know there are better brands for printing better quality text. I can't remember what they ...
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How to ensure high print quality / fidelity when sending artwork to a print house?

I'm a web guy trying to be a print guy. Help. I'm pretty OK with Illustrator, but setting up a vector to get printed - they rarely ever look as crisp and clear as I expect them too. I followed the ...
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Adobe photoshop: Low DPI in color images but good in black and white

I have problem with printing from Adobe photoshop. When I try to print some colour or grayscale image, the DPI on the paper is very bad, but when I convert the same image into black & white mode, ...
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Best printer for greeting cards that won't fade? [duplicate]

I'm so stuck and can't find an answer anywhere! Which printer is the best for printing greeting cards and stationery? I don't want to outsource as I'd like full control over colours, fonts etc. So a ...
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Points vs. Pixels and Saving as .png

I am a beginner level graphic designer using primarily GIMP, but getting into PScc. For now, I'm creating primarily for print on demand products (you know the stuff), but I'm working at learning how ...
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How do I define the print size of an InDesign document that has “Intent: Web”?

I have a 70-page InDesign document - a product catalog - that has been made with "Intent: Web" and dimensions 1600 x 900 pixels. The main target for the document is screen, but we do also want to ...
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Why are two different CMYK colors printed equally?

With Inkscape, I drew two rectangles, one with CYMK 20/100/0/0 and the other with 2/56/0/43. Since those two colors are different in the CMYK color space, I expected them to print in different colors. ...
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Should I upconvert low-res images to 300dpi for printing?

I'm having a custom deck of cards printed using images of varying resolutions. The card printer asks that all images be at 300dpi, the industry standard for printing. Certain images that I've uploaded ...
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How To Ask Fellow Designer For Native Files For Prepress Purposes Only?

I am the graphic designer and sole prepress person for a small quick print shop. I often come across issues with a file to be printed and cannot make the needed changes or compensations as they arise ...
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Critique this map with many labeled points. Is there a better way to do this?

This is the centerfold map in a booklet printed for the homeless. The numbers represent the page number that the information on each service provider is also found. We are limited to black and green ...
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How do i get Quality Printout Settings

how can i get a sharp and quality print with the right color settings? i use a windows version of Photoshop cs 6 but, i get my colors looking nice on the laptop but after print, the colors either ...
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Creating Graphical Illustrations of Technical Products / Services

I need to create easily-editable illustrations which contain: Custom stuff: Typography, boxes, arrows, lines (preferably with custom styling, 3D, flat, gradients, etc) I would also like them to be ...
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What is the use of registration black in the InDesign swatches palette?

InDesign displays [registration], 100% of each ink colour, as a swatch in the swatches palette. It's impossible to remove the swatch. Why is this? I have never had the need to actually use ...
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Image resize for printing

Can I resize an image with 21cm x 42cm and 1200 DPIs to 24cm x 48cm and 400 DPIs without quality loss? The reason being is that my scanner max size is 21cm x 42cm and 1200 DPIs. And I need to make an ...
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Indesign Ad Quality

I am new to InDesign and we have a contract employee that builds and creates most of our ads for us. When we lay them out on the page, the ads look fine, but when we get the newspaper back from the ...
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Where did the term “Spot color” originate?

In commercial printing, "spot colors" refers to specialized ink mixes to create a predetermined color. Pantone, Toyo, and others are brands of inks which specialize in the sale of "spot color" inks. ...
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What requirements are there for a valid US postcard?

When designing postcards meant to be sent with the US Postal Service, what requirements to we need to keep in mind when working on the design? Which areas are we free to use for designs, and which ...
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Do export settings have a visual impact on printed gradients? (InDesign)

My coworker and I are currently struggling with a gradient on the cover of a booklet. We have gone through all the fiery print settings for gradients and re calibrated the printers gradient adjustment ...
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Dimensions for manual cover & spine. I have them in inches

I have a front and back manual 11" X 10" and the spine is 11" X 1 5/8ths" inches I'm thinking 600 dpi? Does anyone know then what I say is the size I need? I would appreciate it. Would it different ...
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Are CMYK color profiles used when printing PDF files?

I have a PDF file, where all colors are in CMYK. Are CMYK color profiles used when printing this PDF file? There is a color profile on the PDF file, and then there is a color profile for the ...
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Designing a document for A4 paper size printing issues

I am designing a document in Fireworks using a canvas size of 1000 pixels by 1294 pixels, which is in perfect proportion of the standard A4 paper size. I have finished all the designs, the way I want ...