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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Creating grids for documents

I really love grids and guides. I tend to follow and break them at cases to create visual interest. I'm trying to create grids for a 8.5" x 11" document. What must one look for when creating ...
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Haltone pattern within InDesign

One of QuarkXpress features I used a lot in the mid-nineties was the ability to apply an halftone pattern to any bitmap import. It was unbelievably effective when printing black&white graffiti ...
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Smallest font size for small print?

I'm setting up a document and the document has some * and footnotes. The document itself is A6 size, which is pretty small (postcard size). What font-size should I assign to the smallprint footnotes? ...
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Graphic Design Conferences

Does anyone know of good/reputable graphic design conferences/conventions in the states? I'm looking to attend one that focuses both on web and print design. Your recommendations are appreciated.
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Which software should i use for poster designing

Current i have to use two softwares for poster designing. The text i have to write in corel draw and then i export it in eps and then use Photoshop to give some text effects like bevel shadow etc. ...
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Define crop marks for each design that is 4-up on a letter size page.

I'm trying to print a birthday invitation, 4 to a letter size page. I'd like crop marks for each. How do I set crop marks without having to draw them by hand? Is there a feature when printing or ...
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How can I have prints with white ink?

Say, I have a small business card that has solid, dark background and white text. Registration, ink amount and look & feel -wise I'd prefer the paper itself be dark and the text printed in one ...
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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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Is it acceptable to have the front of a handbill a different orientation than the back?

I'm designing a handbill that has a sort of poster/cover image on the front and then event details on the back. I've been able to lay out the details in a more pleasing way on the back if I have it in ...
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Creating large-scale high-resolution documents in Photoshop

I am a student trying to create collages in Photoshop sized* 4' x 4' and larger, resolution 300dpi, to be digitally printed on cotton canvas and silk. The enormous file size causes my iMac to lag or ...
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Do I need full 300dpi resolution photos for designing a poster?

I'm working on a poster for a local event. It has a photograph in the background. The poster itself is designed to be 11x17, which at 300dpi is about 3300x5100. Now the photo in the background does ...
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Printer Resolution

The Windows 7 printer preferences dialogue box tells me: Print pixels: 1416 x 2152 dots Does this mean that I should always provide an image of 1416 x 2152 pixels to achieve max quality? How is DPI ...
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Best practices around creating LARGE poster image 24X36

I need to create a large image (for print) at 24X36 inches. It is a seating chart poster for a wedding. What settings in Photoshop would I set for an image this size (DPI, etc.)? I would need it to ...
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Examples of Business Cards?

I'm looking for some inspiration flip through. What are some places that you visit for business card examples or galleries?
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What are common mistakes that you see in “professional” designs? [closed]

This might be too subjective but I'm curious about other peoples' experiences. Mods, please close if this is too far into "not a real question" territory. I see many questions on this site about ...
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Digital pen with realtime viewing

I've looked for this online forever but can't seem to find it. Is there a digital pen that doesn't need special paper, uses easy to replace cartridges, and let's me see what I'm writing on a screen ...
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What are my options for gallery-quality prints of digital artwork?

I have some traditional media artwork that I'd like to scan and then have printed to be shown in an art show. I'll be doing the scanning. Where do I go to get this done? (What is the generic name ...
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Life size image in Photoshop

I've noticed that Photoshop makes my image size, specified in inches, smaller than it really is. Approximately 1 inch both in height and width. Since this is an approximation and not exact, and ...
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Crediting a typeface in a finished work

Hey does anyone know how you are supposed to credit (if you are supposed to) the typefaces you have used in a printed work (case in point - design exhibition catalogue for my BA) I've been using ...
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How can non-designers learn to approve a print layout?

I am not a designer, I am a scientist. I write papers in Word or LaTeX, the conference organisers give me a template with fonts, rules like "Caption for figures go below the figure, captions for ...
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Where do the various international business card sizes come from?

According to the Wikipedia entry on "Business Cards", various countries employ several standard business card sizes. US/Canada use 3.5 x 2in, UK uses 85 x 55mm, ect. Apparantly, the following ...
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What's the best way to print a mostly black 8.5“ x 11” page?

I'm making a brochure for my company, and I went with white text on a black background since it looks the best. There's also a picture, so color is required. At any rate, after a few test prints of ...
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Inept knowledge about dpi and ppi,please help?

I have designed a web header 1000x98 at 72 ppi using Macromedia Fireworks for our website and we are planning to print a billboard using that header? The printer has told us that he needs the image ...
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Can digital presses print right up to the edge of a sheet?

I wonder whether it's possible to print completely to the edge of physical paper (not print with bleed that will be trimmed/cropped), because with laser printers it can't be done. Toner would burn ...
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How can I create a color-separated PDF in GIMP?

Using GIMP I would like to create a color-separated PDF. I plan on making printing plates for a home letterpress and they request a color-separated PDF, which seems to just be a page for each color ...
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Illustrator EPS File To PNG Web Logo - Print Quality

I have been provided a typographic logo in an EPS format and I am creating a PNG with it (File | Save For Web & Devices) to be used on a web site. One of the pages on the web site is a "print ...
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How does a printshop print large solid blocks of colour

For example: a 1.8m banner with a solid red background and white text. How would a printshop go about printing this? Surely they don't use a liter of red ink.
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Printing Visualization - Spot UV

I recently got a lot of offset printing jobs and with them the ability to choose options that were not available to me before. So the Problem is that I generally have to make a presentation of the ...
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What price should I charge for design services?

I was hoping I would find some people in the industry that could help me decide what's the best price to charge to design (in this case) business cards. What are standard prices for professional ...
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What special requirements need to be considered for outdoor banners?

I am wondering where to even begin to find a place that could print something durable like a 13' x 30' banner to go on the side of a building. Is this even possible? Is a vinyl banner the best option? ...
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What special considerations are there for printing on 'flag' signage?

I have been asked to design some advertising to print on tear-drop street signage similar to this: My question is; are there things to keep in mind when designing for this medium as opposed to ...
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Well designed layout examples of a “step-by-step tutorial” publication

I'm trying to find examples of beautifully designed step-by-step tutorials. As different layouts as possible, to feed my imagination so I can build on that. I'm particularly interested in page ...
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Making a business card. Any advice?

I went around the web, reading articles about business card mistakes, and here is a full list of them: Don't use cheap materials/techniques or attempt to print your own. Don't use metal business ...
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Problem printing PDF from Freehand-10 via Acrobat X

When I go to print a pdf file with "Adobe PDF printer", I get the following error: cannot complete command because read or write access has been denied. This very strange error only appears if I ...
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What application can tile one PDF page multiple times on a sheet?

I have a two page PDF, page 1 is business card front, page 2 is business card back. I want to print 9 copies of page 1 on sheet 1, then print 9 copies of page 2 on sheet two (duplex printing prints ...
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What's the difference between CMYK Black and RGB Black

I know this sounds a stupid question, black is black right? Wrong: It's black right? so why are the CMYK Values so far away from black?
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What are the dimensions of a business card?

As per the title. What are the dimensions of a business card that fits in a wallet? (i believe it is a global standard?) Bonus marks if you can give the history behind how it arrived at that ...
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Feeding external text in InDesign

We're working on a magazine and I'm laying out the text in Adobe InDesign. Is there a way to include the texts dynamically, so that a person who doesn't have InDesign can edit the texts and the edits ...
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High Quality Photo Book Service

I'm looking for a reliable photo book printing service that allows the option of uploading a high quality PDF or Indesign file, but also prints using high quality photo prints. I've used Blurb, but ...
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Do you use colour lasers for proof printing?

I own an EPSON Stylus Photo RX640 printer which prints really good on special paper media, but is rather poor when it comes to normal (>75%) printing on plain papers. Beside that it's also quite ...
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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall sized graphics and large banners (e.g 3m x 5m), what is an acceptable PPI for print. As i understand it 300 PPI is the typical for 'small' artworks (esp. for clean text resolution), however ...
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InDesign drag/drop [closed]

So I created an annual report for my company with InDesign CS4. My assistant designer/editor also has InDesign CS4 on her machine. I create an InDesign package and save it on the network drive so she ...
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how to keep printed documents accurate color reproduction

Is there a way to widen the gamut of a cmyk print so that the darks stay dark and the lights stay light? I suspect it has something to do with color space being exported, but I don't know how to ...
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Is it possible to tell from a printed sample what software/layout algorithm was used?

Is there a way to determine, or at least hazard a guess at, which page layout engine was used in the preparation of a given print publication? I've spend awhile looking at some quirks in the Times ...
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How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
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Why do we still use points as a measurement of type size?

I'm in the UK, which uses metric units for pretty much everything now except road distances and beer (obviously best kept apart). Page sizes have been metric here and in most of the rest of the world ...
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What is 5-colour printing?

When my print rep talks about five-colour printing, what does he mean? I know you have cyan, magenta, yellow and black - but what's the fifth?
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Is it possible to use a fully open source workflow for print design?

Is it possible to use only open-source tools in order to produce professional level artwork? Has anyone actually done it? If not, where are the current gaps? Assume I'm producing a small multi-page ...
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What is page bleed and how can I avoid issues with it ?

I have never had problems in the past with printing documents, but ever since I started doing posters or mockups.. somehow I end up unconsciously cropping or padding (I am not sure it that is the ...
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What DPI should be used for what situations?

I've been seeing the word 'DPI' pop up quite a lot when I export my work out in Photoshop and Illustrator. While I know that DPI stands for 'dots per inch', and that if you have too low of a DPI on an ...