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 to Design a 3D Ball/Sphere Texture [closed]

I was given the task to design a texture for a ball, a spherical object, but I have no idea how to accomplish this with Photoshop or AI. How do I begin the design process in Photoshop, AI, or 2D ...
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100% black problem on indesign and pdf?

Currently I am facing a HUGE crisis about this 100% black not being right for printing and coming out as 4 colours, in my InDesign document. My swatch for the black text is set at c=0 m=0 y=0 and k=...
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Faded Color Prints

When I print from Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, etc. the colors are completely washed out. When I print from a PDF or from the web, they look fine. Anyone know anything? Print Settings: ...
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How do I display, but not print a layer in photoshop? [duplicate]

Is there a way to make a photoshop layer display but not print. (It's a border that I want to see but not print.)
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Matching printed images to what is seen on screen

I'm working with colour images that I have changed to black and white, and have altered the contrast of by playing with the different colour channels. My aim is to achieve the same tonal difference ...
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Different CMYK output on different printers

I'm currently doing some graphic design for a client. We are trying to get the same color that he had on his last flyers. The old printer gave us the CMYK color C 71.25, M 12.54, Y 0, K ...
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What kind of prep and considerations for using a night photo in print work?

One thing I still struggle with is using night photos in advertisements. I tend to avoid it but sometimes its necessary or requested. I find it difficult on glossy and even worse on a newsprint to ...
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Best printing quality for wall mounted poster?

So I've recently got an image that I'm trying to get printed to a good standard. I've started reading into printing methods and its a very confusing mine field. (CMYK, RGB, matt, glossy, acrylic etc) ...
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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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Can it be worth to leave documents as RGB for printing with regular office printers?

I know that documents and images embedded in them should be converted to CMYK before printing. Recently out of curiosity I printed both the RGB and the CMYK version of a photo (the CMYK version ...
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Page layout with Scribus

I'm trying to print my very first book. It's a simple thing, printed on my desktop printer, double sided on 1 * A4 sheet of paper. I will fold it down and bind it myself (using saddle stitch) as a ...
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“Black text has been set up so it prints as 4 colours, rather than just black” - what?

I'm currently dealing with a printer, who I've been working with for a year or two. We've sent off to had one of our brochures reprinted - the same files as last time, except now they're having some ...
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Packaging design printing in small numbers?

Packaging design printing in small numbers? I'm designing some small 4"x4"x4" packages for a class project and I only need a few boxes (probably 5 total). I've checked dozens of printing sites, but ...
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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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Bleed Size for Exhibitor Stand In Adobe Illustrator

I need to make design for a company for the panels which we see in exhibitions. But before starting it I would like to know how much bleed size should I leave for printing for such a big design. ...
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Photo with Color Overlay Will Not Print in Illustrator

I have an embedded image in my illustrator document with a color overlay, but for some reason, it will not print in illustrator. I exported the document as a pdf, same thing (it only prints the ...
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Better way to save photos in InDesign so that they print in higher quality when turned into PDF's?

I create my newsletter in InDesign, and then save it as a PDF. I typically print a few copies from Adobe Reader, but no matter how high quality I set the printer at, my photos always look horrible and ...
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Attaching/Printing an image onto metal

I have a 507mm x 510.5mm metal sheet that I want to put a design onto. The design is rather complicated and I have no talent so painting is not an option. I'm looking for something similar to what ...
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What is a “cromalin”?

I've been asked by a client to design a full page advertisement for a catalog. The specs I received mention that beside a PDF of the page we should also supply "imperatively a cromalin: Without a ...
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InDesign: What's causing only certain letters to print incorrectly?

I have created a document in InDesign and exported it to PDF. When printing, a certain letter ('m') and number ('2') of a certain font family (Oswald) display incorrectly in the printed document. They ...
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Continuous image from one banner to another

Two banners I've designed in Indesign (to be printed) will be placed next to each other, and there is an image that continues from the first to the second banner. How can I make them join together ...
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Examples of expensive color related printing mistakes?

I was preparing a lesson for new designers about "How to make print ready files?" and I wanted to add some historic facts about the greatest and most expensive print mistakes—something interesting to ...
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Working to create large prints dpi and size? [duplicate]

I need to create a 11400mm X 3300mm size print in photoshop. What settings can I use that won't completely slow down my computer? For example I tried to create a doc 11400mm X 3300mm @ 300dpi but it ...
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Gray background printing on transparent images. Shows only when printing from Mac, but not PC

Transparent images are assumed to be originating from a PC/Window environment, and then have a light gray background when printed in color on a mac. I am mocking up how it looks "printed". It is ...
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How are these full-text images/designs made?

I've seen a few of these around and I love the effect. I'm a developer, but proficient with basic Photoshop. I've played around with masking an area and entering the text within but it never ...
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Scaling art for a banner [duplicate]

I was asked to do a large banner with the size of 46in x 81in and the only other information I was given with this project is that it would be printed at 300dpi. What size and resolution document ...
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Printing 4785mm x 4000mm problems with Photoshop

I am having issues with a design company printing my artwork. It will be made into a tower (cylinder object) where the artwork will go around and the working canvas they want full size 4785W x 4000H. ...
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Logo formats for a web site and digital photographs and using for print [duplicate]

Someone is designing a logo for me. I need to use it for a web site, as a watermark on digital photograph as well for printing on photos, business cards, etc. What formats should I confirm for all ...
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Printing A3 paper in A4 printer

I want to print color A4 booklets with staple binding (two facing A4 pages on a big A3 sheet) but using an A4 printer. That's normally technically impossible : printing on a A3 sheet requires an A3 ...
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How to convert color images to black & white in GIMP?

I've a color image and want to print on my black and white printer. So, How do I convert it to black & white using GIMP?
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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects ...
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Is Gotham font of 6 pt is well readable in the printed edition of magazine?

Is Gotham font of 6 pt is well readable in the printed edition of magazine ? What is considered to be the best font-size for printed editions? Is it OK using different sizes of fonts on different ...
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Indesign, which cmyk profile for print, using rgb jpgs

I'm new to outputting for print having worked in the RGB world of motion graphics most of my live... I am designing a magazine ad in Indesign. The images given to me are RGB Jpegs (sRGB IEC61966-2.1 ...
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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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Invisible barcodes?

This may border on the 'too technical' side of graphic design but I'll give it a try. We have a contract with a printer who requires a barcode on the interior and cover of our books so that they can ...
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Font weight considerations (printing cost, ergonomics, etc)

I'm curious if there are any known ergonomic effects of font weight choice. I already understand, for example, that the relative contrast of font color and background is important to reduce eye strain,...
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How much to charge if design is entered into a competition?

I received a request to design a cover image for a scientific journal. However, authors were invited to submit an image and editors will choose from, let's say, 20 images for the cover. Should I ask ...
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lettering options for stationery with dark, textured backgrounds

I am starting a stationery business and am worried about readability issues pertaining to the color and contrast of the greeting cards. I am aware of the research on dark text on light backgrounds and ...
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Free print portfolio software?

I work for a public relations firm. One of my new clients is very well renown. She's made it years without having a professional portfolio. I have several gigs lined up for her. However we must submit ...
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Photoshop Document (24“x36” 300dpi) - What size should I build at? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on a project. I'm designing a poster to be printed at 24" x 36" However, the file size is over 2GB. Currently the document is 24" x 36", 300DPI and saved as a .PSB. It takes ...
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Printing size for a bus design 1:1 100 dpi? [duplicate]

I don´t know anything about printing and have a huge question! My design is going on a bus (12 m x 1.13 m) and the printing company send me this instructions to follow: "resolution 1:1 scale 100 dpi (...
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Facing Pages and bleeds [duplicate]

I am currently designing a book that is 11.5 x 17.5 that will be a full bleed to the edges. When opened the book will have spreads, and illustrations will cross over the spread onto two pages. So when ...
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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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Printing solid black on transparencies for creating plates

I have a requirement to be able to print graphics and text on transparency (just black). We use those to then create plates for labels. The output needs to be solid (not pixels) as any light passing ...
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What DPI to design at for small label on 4800 DPI printer

I have a printer that prints onto labels at supposedly up to 4800 DPI. https://www.primeralabel.com/lx900_features.html I'm guessing this is mostly marketing. I need to print onto 25mm by 51mm ...
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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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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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Is there an affordable alternative Uncoated CMYK guide to Pantone's colour formula books?

Looking for a reliable CMYK uncoated colour guide book. Pantone is a little expensive (especially for design graduates), in my opinion. Is there an alternative with ICC profile and stock details ...
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Simple programs with tutorials for beginners in graphic design? [duplicate]

I am considering a summer job in a camp, but part of the job description is to make signs, announcing events/trips etc. This is well within my ability to do, but I'm not sure where to start. I am ...