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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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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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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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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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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How to convert document Illustrator file to only one color? (eg. Green)

Is there any way of converting a illustrator file with text and logos to one only. As I'm working for a client that only wants to print with one-color?
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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 ...
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Printing from InDesign has correct margins, but not from Acrobat using exported PDF

I have half-US Letter (8.5" x 5.5") documents I print out in booklet form from Adobe InDesign CS5.5 on a Brother 9970CDW color laser. Works great. Problem is InDesign doesn't allow you to print ...
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In Adobe InDesign, how to print full duplex (both sides of paper)?

When I print or "Print Booklet" in Adobe InDesign, I don't see any options about printing full duplex (both sides of the paper). I'm using a Mac with a Brother MFC-J6910DW printer. Does Adobe ...
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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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How do I lay out numbered business cards so I can easily print and hand-cut them?

I have some business cards(made in indesign) with different numbers/pages, from 1 to 400 ,on them...I would like to know, if there is a way to arrange somehow the pages, so when i print them, they can ...
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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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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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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 can I print vinyl stickers without using laminate?

I would like to use a consumer grade inkjet printer (entry to mid grade) to print on self-adhesive vinyl. These labels would be for outside use, so the ink could not simply sit on the surface of the ...
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Efficient printing of custom trading card design?

My son and I are designing a custom card game and I've got dozens of 63mm x 88mm "trading card"-size designs. Eventually, I'll want to professionally print them but for now am just temporarily ...
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How can I automate the process of cutting intricate shapes out of paper?

I am trying to find whereabouts and name for this kind of automatic paper scissors, source of image here. I understand it so that one plugs in image with formats such as vector and raster and then it ...
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What term is used to refer to cut vinyl stickers?

I'm looking to have a decently sized run (anywhere from 100-1000, depending on cost) of stickers made using my company's logo. My standard sources for vinyl stickers don't seem to have options for cut ...
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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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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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How to trim by hand using crop marks?

I'm quite new to printing graphics. I understand why crop marks are used when printing, and on the face of it, they seem quite straight-forward to use. However, when I went to trim a document I have ...
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How to create mockup like this?

What is the normal process to create mockups like this? Are they created in 3D and then in photoshop? Would be a great help if you guys can help me.
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Reduce file size with HQ Images

I'm working on a rack card and my client is using Vista Print, she told me that Vista Print allowed her to upload 25mb file size. The card uses a HQ Image from iStockphoto on the front, and the PDF ...
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What resolution do I need for images placed in InDesign?

I am creating a A4 Print PDF file from InDesign. From the InDesign file I am doing the following : File > Adobe PDF presets > [High Quality Print] Doing this exports a PDF file from InDesign pretty ...
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How to print a pure CMYK colors in a regular inkjet printer?

How to print a pure CMYK color in a regular printer? Let's say I would like to print a pure cyan or a pure magenta in a regular printer. first I work in a CMYK document .. but when sending the file to ...
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Adobe Illustrator vs Adobe Indesign for brochures

You may know me (not that I am worth knowing) from my first question. I am a noob in web design, graphic desgin, font theroy, color theory, guess all of the mixes that are crucial. My expertise ...
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The use of punctuation marks on web links

On a web link or address (printed or online version) Case 1) If I have a reference for a link on a web page inside a paragraph, like this same example http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com. <= ...
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In Indesign when printing doc with transparent logo. The tranparent area is effecting the background colour

I've creating a a4 advert for a magazine in InDesign CS6, I need to bring in a logo from Photoshop. The logo I'm using was originally transparent but was made up of a number of colours. I removed all ...
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Optimizing a background image for an A0-sized poster

I am working on a poster that will be printed on an A0-sized canvas cloth. The background image of the poster is this public domain Indy farmland. On top of the background, I put several panes with ...
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What is the correct name of this filter?

Normally, this is what would you would see if you magnified older newspaper images printed in color. (check the background of the attached image) What is this filter called? How can I recreate this ...
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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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What color swatch preset to use for preparing graphics for print?

I would like to know what color swatch preset should be used to print a design you made on illustrator, so there's no confusion on colors from you to the printing company.
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How can I print multiple Illustrator artboards on one page?

I'm working on a design that's to be printed. The size of the item is 1/3 of a standard letter page. I would like to be able to work on it in Illustrator only once without the copy and paste at the ...
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How to see an embedded image's dpi (ppi) in a pdf in Acrobat Pro?

The following situation baffled me slightly: after preparing a pdf in a different program I wanted to make sure that an embeded image in the pdf file had the right dpi, yet I found no way in adobe ...
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Printing Different Sized PDF

I would like to know the best way to set up my designs for print by others. I will be sending my clients PDF's of designs I have created specifically for them. They will either print them on their ...
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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: ...
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What is six-color (6C) process printing?

What is 6 color printing, is it multicolor process printing? What setting do I have to keep in Photoshop, Do I have to create an extra channel in the channel palette?
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How to have full bleed between two facing pages Indesign

Aloha all, I'm working in InDesign CS5.5 on a master plan document. I want the final document to be 11x8.5 landscape with facing pages, spiral bound to allow document to lay flat with full bleed. I ...
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Default print margins

I'm making up a A3 graphic for a client that will be getting printed. The only problem I have is what to use as the default printer clearance margins in the paper. I assume for the final work it ...
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How are postcards and greeting cards printed?

I do apologize, but I'm not familiar with the name for this type of paper or result, but when you purchase postcards or greeting cards that have been professionally made, they have a finish on one ...
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How can 120*160mm be a “landscape” format?

My client requested a 120*160mm landscape format. This is a contradiction in terms to me, because in "120*160mm" the "120" is the width and "160" the height. In my mind the only possible way to ...
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How to prepare a design document in Corel for UV printing on glass

I want to make a decorative glass panels on walls on our kitchen (the one between the hanging kitchen cabinets and the tabletop). The company I am negotiating right now uses UV coating as a printing ...
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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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InDesign and PDF printing boxes instead of shadows - Onscreen looks perfect

I apologize in advance if this has been asked, but I've searched for a few phrases and I'm not sure how else to ask it. Using InDesign I've created a vector "ribbon" and given it a drop shadow. I've ...
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Making Flowchart

I have created a flowchart that has multiple textboxes, which explain various stages of a HR activity. It has been a laborious task, as I have done it with hand. When put together, the flowchart goes ...
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What is the general stance on “jump headlines”?

This is more of a design opinion question, and this might be the wrong place to ask this, but I digress. I work on a weekly newspaper that up until now has used "jump headlines", that's to say ...
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Why are the bleed and slug lines outside my pages?

I created a new document with 3mm bleed and 5mm slug, portrait, facing pages checked, 120mm x 160mm. But bleed & slug lines are outside the page! Why is that?