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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How much bleed should I include with different sizes of print jobs?

I'm starting to do designs meant for printing, but I'm fairly new to this medium so I don't really understand how bleed works and how much bleed should I specify for: Business cards Large format ...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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CorelDraw range of page numbering

How can I set auto page numbering in CorelDraw. I know there is some macro to do this. But how do I do it for range of pages. Say I do not need page numbering for a Brochure cover and back pages. ...
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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My remote locate means that I am unable to offer the ...
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How can I simulate screen printing/offset colors in a non-destructive way

In screen printing or offset printing (or any other printing process that uses galzing colors) colors printed on top of each others mix together. This is similar to the multiply layer blend mode. ...
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Why is color appearing different between pieces designed for print?

I have recently designed an A5 leaflet in Photoshop and a Standard Business Card in Illustrator for print (Working CMYK). I have saved both documents as PDFs and have tried using several of Adobe's ...
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Large-format printing Adobe Illustrator files

I have an Adobe Illustrator file that I wish to print; I want to print it on a 60x60in (inches) paper. My question is: should the Illustrator file also be 60x60in wide? Or it is ok if the dimensions ...
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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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I need a perfect chocolate brown

hoping you can help. I need a rich chocolate but the last print run came out grey. Any ideas on how I can bump it back to brown. Values are 43C 72M 97Y 57K. Thanks Deb
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How much text should I use for an ad image?

I'm new at marketing and design and I could really use some tips. What is the appropriate amount of text in an Ad image? I'm trying to figure out whether less text is better than more text. Here is ...
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What is the best Inkjet printing technique for car decals / autowrapping?

I was wondering what the best solution is for my inkjet printing problem. I need to use an inkjet printer for these decals. I plan to decorate a car with pictures and stickers so I need a material ...
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How to design a basic banner with GIMP?

I am using GIMP. And I want to design a very basic banner to be printed 3m long. The design is as simple as it could be : it consists of one logo that I have in pdf format (was designed by a ...
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Why are there unwanted white lines appearing in a PDF print proof?

I designed a christmas card and I normally print it on vista print. When I ask for a print proof the outlines show. They don't show when I print it at home. Why are there unwanted white lines ...
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Typographic character to 'fill' a white space ; is asterism ⁂ right?

In a printed technical publication, I need to present a large double-pages illustration on the same double-page than its explanatory paragraph. Doing so, I had to insert a page break at the end of the ...
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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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Exporting high quality jpeg in illustrator & keeping dimensions. Options

I'm exporting a jpeg in illustrator for Society6 and they want maximum quality at specific dimensions. As I understand it, the only way to keep the high resolution with the same printed output I ...
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Illustrator VS Printer Color

When ever I print some of my creations from Illustrator - the red color is all wrong. My creation is in: #912327 R: 145 G:35 B:39 C: 18% M: 93% Y: 88% K: 16% My print is in: #c76b6f R: 199 ...
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Critique: How should I place/format an informative text in a picture?

I am trying to advertise some discounts in Facebook and to do that I have to provide an image that has a small amount of text informing potential customers about the discount I am offering. I am ...
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Illustrator output size is smaller than the input [closed]

my illustrator CS 6 is behaving strangely recently. All my artworks are coming out smaller than The size I put i.e. a 10 cm artwork is printed as 9.8 cm this is a large error since I’m printing large ...
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Does anyone know what this waxy coating on a post card is called?

I am trying to ask a print broker for a quote on some postcards but I don't know what the name of this coating is. This postcard gets attached to a lanyard and the coating looks great and avoids it ...
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What type of printer do I need to print small round gold stickers with perfect accuracy?

I am looking for a company to print a gold seal/sticker for my product. The problem is, all the companies I have tried can not print with the perfect accuracy I need. It needs to be water resistant, ...
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An error in printed book is my fault: what do I do? [duplicate]

I designed a kids' activity book for my client. She handwrote all the text correctly and I typed a sentence out incorrectly. She approved the proof before print but that was the 6th draft so I guess ...
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Business Card Printing [duplicate]

I want to know if there's an economical home pc printer that will feed business card sheets efficiently. I have to load them one at a time.I use Avery 8371 stock from Wal-Mart.
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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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Where is the best place to put the company logo on this banner?

I want to know where is the best place to put the company logo; top centre, bottom of text or where?. I can move the text up or down. So, I need your suggestions. I plane to add flat colour design ...
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Re: View Size vs. Print Size and Resolution in Adobe Photoshop

They say you start to see the pixels in an image when it is printed around 200 dpi/ppi or less, right? I'm looking at some images here at 100% view in photoshop, and when I open the image size window, ...
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How would you print extremely small words (microprinting)

The Problem: I am working on a project and I wanted to add super fine print (words and graphics). When I say small I am not referring to 7pt type at 300dpi business card small. I am referring to ...
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How to keep the text in vector in Photoshop without rasterizing it or flattening the layers when exporting to PDF?

After many tests in all kind of PDF presets, I couldn't figure out how to keep the text layers as vector and still have the quality of InDesign without using it. Everything I tried was rasterizing ...
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Why do some printed documents have those target-like lines in their corners?

Why do some printed documents have those target-like lines in their corners? Can't think of any concrete examples right now so I just made this:
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Move design from Photoshop to Illustrator for printing

I'm working on some business cards in Photoshop and I come understand it's not the best medium for print since it's not vector based like Illustrator. I want to avoid the edges of my font from ...
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How do I change the Black used for text in PDFs exported by InDesign?

I have a problem when I get a PDF from a designer and I have to chop it up in Photoshop and place it in InDesign and then re-export it. When it goes to print, it prints all the text in registration ...
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Different shades of black in Photoshop and InDesign

I'm currently putting together a CD cover, and haven't been working that much with printing, so CMYK tends to confuse me a bit. I'm going to place a logo inside a frame in InDesign. I added the exact ...
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How can I convert my raster design to vector for print?

I am self taught on Photoshop CS6 and my problem is that I typeset fonts for a logo and sent them to the printer for stationary printing. However, they ask me for a vector file not bitmap. How do I ...
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Should I use Illustrator or Photoshop for Collateral Design?

I am creating a web advertising rate card. Basically a brochure. It will be a PDF file. Should I do brochure designs or collateral designs using Illustrator and then import the non vector images from ...
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Photoshop CS6 PDF export problem

Sometimes I need to save the Photoshop files i'm working on as .pdf, but there is a huge problem with the .pdf export on my computer. For example here is a brochure design draft. It looks great in ...
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Printing problems using Illustrator

I made a brochure for my internship this summer using the brochure template illustrator already has available. Now, I am having trouble printing the document. I have the settings as US letter ...
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What kind of black should I use when designing for CMYK print?

my question is what kind of black should I use when printing. At the moment I use this black (split into CMYK) : C:0% M:0% Y:0% K:100% It looks fine in InDesign or Illustrator but if I save a PDF ...
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Paper size and printed magazine question

I'm designing a magazine, and it's trim size is 272mm x 342mm when printed. One of my other test InDesign files is 222mm x 291mm at trim size (a fictitious local tourist guide). What paper size would ...
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Commercial alternative to vinyl for bumper stickers and wine/beer/food labels?

Not all self-adhesive stick well on bottles or car bumpers because the surface of the glass and shinny paint isn't very porous; the glue has no grip. It also needs to be resistant to some conditions ...
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Kids Ride on Sticker Numberplates [duplicate]

Hoping someone can help me here, We are a supplier of Kids Ride on cars and we are looking to provide personalised Numberplates for our ride on car range. We had a supplier which made these and they ...
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Is it essential to type “WWW” when our design contains URL, or is it a matter of taste by now?

I love the appearance of traditional url's, because the www in front of them eases and speeds up my understanding that there's definitely a certain web adress. But is there any established guideline ...
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Are there any differences between Paragraph Shading and Paragraph atop Color?

Alright so new feature of InDesign CC 2015 is Paragraph Shading. A long overdue feature. The question is for Print Projects is there any difference between using Shading vs the old way of putting a ...
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Outline text in Photoshop

Everyone knows that before sending a buyer a file you should to convert text into the outlines for printing. Photoshop has a button convert to shape - it's a similar as convert to outlines. But the ...
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What type of printer do you recommend for printing greeting cards?

I a working on a number of projects that I will design and frame along with a bunch of greeting cards. What is the best printer to buy for printing greeting cards? I was looking at the Epson Stylus ...
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Printing in black paper?

Good day. I have no experience on this whatsoever so any help/insight from you would be very much appreciated. :) (my very first post too! :D) I think posting the picture will help me explain things ...
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What is standard colour of squares or lines printing on paper/notebook?

Are there standard colours of squares or lines printed on a paper? Or I can choose gray, green or blue CMYK colours and ask printing company to print squares in my particular colour?
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Can not save out or print a file without loosing part of the design

I have a file that was built by another designer. Part of the file has a jack o lantern with thick black lines. I see the thick lines just as they should be on my screen in illustrator yet no matter ...
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When is font hinting used for print?

Following on from this question: TTF and other "modern" font systems, and font size differences Higher quality fonts contain hinting information, which in short better fits glyph boundaries ...
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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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Printing multi-page PDF with different copies of each page in Acrobat

I have a PDF with 20-30 pages. I want to print them but with different numbers of copies for each page. Right now I'm using Acrobat Reader. I know I can do this manually by selecting the page in the ...