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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Default Bleeds/Margins for a Letter

I have been asked to make a letter sized document (8.5 in x 11 in) and have not been given any bleeds or margins even though it is for printing. Is there a general rule of thumb to follow that most ...
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wall-sized design in AI [duplicate]

The university asked me to design a wallpaper with size 3.81x2.87m in a high resolution This the first time designing this so I did the following: Designed the wallpaper at smaller size ( which ...
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Help with Large Format Design setup [duplicate]

Working on huge project. lots of different graphics. mostly print and web, but one requirement for our even at a casino in Vegas is for large scale prints. one is a wall wrap other is a billboard. one ...
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Arranging objects under master template objects in Adobe Indesign

I have set up an Adobe Indesign template and it is working perfectly okay except that I can't arrange page objects under the objects that come from the master template. I tried send it to back from ...
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How should you design/set colors/export a document with 'equal' colors both on screen and print?

What's the best approach to create a document that is both suited for digital viewing (Monitor, iPhone, etc.) and for print? I'm creating some personal branding, which includes an invoice that will ...
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Does an invoice needs a front paper? [on hold]

A little bit in followup with my previous topic, with a few discussions additionally. I'm stuck with something, which might be either personal or actually based on facts, but.. The thing is: Does ...
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How would you create an 'experience' with an invoice keeping ink cartridges in mind?

I wanted to make receiving an invoice a little bit better by creating a bit more colorful, nice invoice instead of the regular ol' black and white monochrome typewriter font-like invoices from the ...
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Why do some, but not all, PNG files (with transparency) in InDesign documents have black borders?

When I put PNG images into an InDesign document, sometimes they have black borders on the exported PDF. Usually this doesn't seem to be a problem in print but in a recent proof, I did see some of the ...
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Resizing a .tiff file for print on 3M x 4M canvas

I have a .tiff file of an image, it is 17815 x 12426 px and is landscape. I need to print it 3 x 4 metres portrait, it's for a wall vinyl or canvas. The resolution is 500dpi. So if I try to resize it ...
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Do I need a black stroke when saving white artwork for it to be able to print?

White vector graphic with black stroke, do I need this for printing? Otherwise artwork is white and artboard is white, any other ways to do this? This artwork will be silk screened on a T-Shirt ...
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Do I absolutely need a bleed for the interior of my book, if images cross over the edge of the pages?

This is the first time I've put images next to the edges of the pages in my books. I understand that that the printer may cut 1/16 inch off the pages, so that's why I let the images slightly overlap ...
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Inkscape generated vector image has stroke size that won't change with resizing

I made a vector graphic and saved it as pdf with Inkscape. The problem is that when I open the pdf, if I resize it the graphic get scaled, but the strokes keep their size. So if I make the graphic ...
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How to integrate a larger cut-out group of people in a design

Is there a good strategy to integrate a larger cut-out group of people (e.g. orchestra, band, conferences, team, etc.) in a print designs (cover page, poster)? Many designs use images that keep the ...
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How do I print in multicolor from Adobe Pagemaker 7?

I'm working on a 4-page newsletter for my college, and the only publishing software I'm good with is Adobe Pagemaker. I've completed 2 pages already, and they look real good. But the problem I knew ...
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What does 'maximum halftone value' mean?

Can you help me get a better understanding of what "halftone value" means, please? I tried looking up idioms, looked at the dictionary, and a lot of other tools. I am not a native English speaker. ...
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Photoshop/ Illustrator Printing help? [duplicate]

I need to print a name board that's over 282' x 95' and i've come across a few issues; 1) Illustrator doesn't allow you to go beyond 227 inches 2) Photoshop allows this but im a little concerned ...
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What techniques can be used to create a proper hierarchy of design elements?

This question is similar to this one and this one, but still different enough to merit it's own Q&A, imho. As a beginning designer, and up to this day, I have always struggled with a very basic ...
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Wall-Sized Canvas Print

I am trying to figure out the best medium (at a good intersection of cost and quality) for an approximately 10 ft x 10 ft print. (This is for an exhibit that I'm putting on with my own budget. I'll ...
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What is differents between mock up and phototype [duplicate]

What is the difference between mock up and photo type, where to get it?
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What size pixels do I use for an 8.5x11 document for print? [duplicate]

I'm a graphic designer out of the loop for years. I want to get back in and focus on print. I need guidance. If working in photoshop, what's the best canvas size, pixels and resolution for an 8.5x11 ...
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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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how to fix a illustrator .jpeg file from being blurry?

I am making my son's birthday invitation on illustrator. It looks perfectly fine until I save it for web so it will be a .jpeg so I can print it. Once it is a .jpeg it looks blurry. I am planing to ...
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What 4c process blend best represents a yellow highlighter?

I'm creating a letter and want to include a highlighted section, I'm trying to find the best CMYK blend that represents that when printed.
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Making annotations in figures of the same font size as main text

What is the best way to ensure the same font size in figures as in main text with open source formats and programs like Inkscape or Scribus? A typical use case: I would like to include a figure ...
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Created a poster to print in CMYK, but when client downloads JPG, on the screen it is neon. Will it print how it looks when I created it in CMYK?

I created a poster in Photoshop and it in CMYK mode because it is going to be printed (not used on the web at all). I saved it as a JPG (also in CMYK) and when I sent it to someone in an email and ...
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Free Print production alternative of Acrobat Pro?

I really love the features about the print preview and other print production functions in Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. Especially preview of selected color profiles (CMYK, RGB, NON-CMYK, etc...), preview of ...
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Critique: How to display competitors options alongside your own without confusion? [closed]

I am designing a flyer and need to compare competitors against the product the flyer is promoting. There are three options, the product and the 2 competitors. I will have my product in in the middle ...
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How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?

One issue I face personally is how can I, as a designer, effectively explain my work to potential clients or people that do not have a creative side. I know how to explain what software or process was ...
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Photoshop Document size for large print [duplicate]

It is the first time when i need to create an image for big print. The real print size will be 2m x 90 cm (200 cm x 90 cm / 6.5 ft x 2.95 ft) If i create a document in Photoshop with this real ...
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Stroke weight in print

I was once told that if you want a stroke to print, it cannot be lower than a certain weight. I would like to know a) if this is true b) if so, does it it apply to both offset and digital printing and ...
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Overlapping text with InDesign's data merge

I'm trying to set up a book of song lyrics with a two-column layout. I'd like to pack as many songs as a page as will fit, so I tried doing a data merge with multiple records per page. This works ...
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What's this printing technique called?

Basically printing 3d letters for indoors (or outdoor) like on the picture? Is there a special printing technique involved in the making of these letters?
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Help on sourcing a print run? #gangRun ? [closed]

I have 25 illustration portraits that are simply just a vector head of a person. I have a charity event that wants to use my images as they are in line with the theme for the event. I don't want ...
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How to print an image to specific physical dimensions on multiple pages

I have a personal project for which I have to print an image and I want it to have a printed size of 68x68cm. I only have an A4 printer. I know how to print an image on multiple pages, it's easy, but ...
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What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?

At my current company, we-- the in-house design team-- oversee the creation and ordering of each employee's business card. This involves: Duplicating a page in the master Indesign Document that ...
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What does it mean when you are asked to specify artwork scale?

So I am preparing a couple of small adverts and the specifications for the artwork ask that : "Please specify which scale ie. 10% 25% 50%, and as individual artworks ie. Panel A, Panel B etc..." So ...
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File format standard for Printing Photo Books/Albums

Is there a standard for Printing Photo Books and File Formats? Is it supported by all type of printers. Is it open or proprietary? Is there a Wiki page about this? "Printer" here means commercial ...
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Large Format Printing viewed fairly close- suggestions?

Assume we are idiots- that may help! We have been asked to cover /wrap the inside of an exhibition trailer's walls (approx 8m length and 1.5m height) with the image/s of sky (above the clouds) . ...
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<Indesign 2014 CC> How to save a booklet to PDF

My problem is that I nowhere find how to SAVE a 200x200 booklet from 8 pages on a A3. I already know that you need to save it to a postscript file. The thing is I dont have a A3 printer at home so ...
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5mm bleed with no guide/crop/reg marks.?

The clients printer asks for "5mm bleed with no guide/crop/reg marks" I am slightly confused by this? what does it mean? Does it mean I just have have photoshop guides? or does it mean I have no ...
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Not leaving blank pages

I want to force Adobe Indesign cs5 to begin any chapter of a book file on any page, odd or even, how can I do this? In other words, not leaving any blank page. Thank you, Ed
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Any good alternative to LiveSurface (mockup generator for print samples)?

Any good alternative to LiveSurface in a decent price range? We want to test some of prints and how they are looking in real environments (business cards, magazine pages, ...) I will prefer a price ...
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How do I create a two-page InDesign document to be printed as a double-sided sheet?

I'm trying to create a file where it shows two pages, that will eventually be printed as a double-sided sheet. I'm using InDesign CC, OS X, 10.9.4. I have already created the first page. And I'm ...
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File Dimension Problems - Saving as JPEG and TIFF vs PDF

I have just submitted my first design to a print shop; an advert for a magazine measuring 3.333" x 4.583" at 300 dpi. This was a simple design created in Photoshop, layering a logo over an image. When ...
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Preparing Print Docs — Recommended Reading

Although I've been working as a designer for a number of years, I feel a little inexperienced in preparing documents for print (a lot of my past work has been designing for digital). I'm looking for ...
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Grainy/Dotty Images Printing

I am working with a label which is 2.5 x 1.5 inches. On one of my printers with 2400 Dpi x 600 dpi It prints fine the dots arent nearly visible as the printer with 600x600 dpi. How in the world do i ...
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I send a PDF to my client and the colour 'red' appears 'black' on his computer

I send a PDF to my client through email. He says the colour 'red' appears 'black' on his computer. We are both Mac users. The 'red' I used in the document is a Pantone Colour. What is the problem? How ...
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Origin of the color red in early typography?

A lot of (early) printing is done in black and red. The red is mostly used as accent color. What is the origin of this red? Does is have a name and/or specification? Image source: Museum Meermanno ...
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I need to resize some digital artwork made in PS for print…?

I have some graphics I worked on and posted to tumblr and a couple other social media sites, but now I have to print them, they're originally in 500px by 650px or 500px by 750px. Problem is when I try ...
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Will increasing the dpi of my image (without re-sampling) hurt print quality?

I'd like to start making prints, but all of my work is set at a resolution of 72. Are there any negative effects to increasing the resolution to 300? I'm very new to this, but from what I've read so ...