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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Should graphics meant to be wrapped around a cylinder be stretched to compensate?

I am designing a 1:1 height-to-width circular graphic to be printed on a mug. However, when printed on the mug, the graphic looks noticeably squished and oval-shaped as a result of the mug's ...
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How to maintain a grayscale image (1 channel) output in a cmyk layered file that contains a color layer?

Thanks in advance for your help! I have been asked to fix a customer supplied ad targeted for CMYK newsprint. It is a .psd doc. The printer has asked that the file be supplied with the background ...
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Suggestion on Introductory Books about Graphic Design

I will probably get some downvotes for this since I asked a similar question here: CS graduate starting out in graphics design - What are the main principles of design and it was closed down. The ...
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How do I preserve legibility when overlaying text on images?

I have lots of creative images that I want to use, except when I put text over them it makes the text really hard to read. Other than a drop shadow, is there another way to make it more clear?
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Is there a printing press that can print a book directly from the RGB space?

I have a book ready for printing. But, of course, it was done in RGB. In fact, I stretched the RGB gamut beyond its normal range in order to make it more painterly etc. When I saw it converted to ...
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What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?

I'm starting out as a technical writer, and want to present my written material as best as possible to the customers. Are there any "bibles" or introductory books on graphic design that I could ...
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How do I map Illustrator artwork on a sphere?

I am looking for help with creating spherical map similar to provided in picture: the 6 parts spherical map image setup (bent): I want to put together a promotional balloon vinyl,and I want to ...
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Is it possible to have a page with a transparent background?

One of my pages has a single image taking up some space on the page. The rest of the space (the space not occupied by the image), should be transparent: that is, whenever I send it to the printing ...
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How can I turn my cooking blog into a basic book?

I have a blog where I've been posting recipes and pictures for the last 6 months or so. I'd like to turn these into a cookbook. I was thinking about sticking everything in a .doc and printing it at ...
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problem with exporting in coreldraw [duplicate]

the process is..ig go to the menu bar and select file and click on export i type my new name of the project and hit again export it apears a -convert to bitmap -window. On resolution it has checked ...
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What should you ask the printer?

We get a lot of questions in regards to what should my file spec be, what should I do with X and Y, how should I do my black etc. etc. and a large majority of the time we suggest to ask the printer ...
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Color management from monitor to print

I need to design a box packaging and need help with color management of the work - formats and combinations. My company printer doesn't print correctly. Should I just look at the print out and see ...
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digital artwork design working in RGB or CMYK (or pantone) for printing?

I am running into a lot of problem on Design my artwork in photoshop in RGB. Then convert to CMYK in PDF format. Then when I print it with print company, Colors are not always right. I am not really ...
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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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paper print design on photoshop

I am looking for some tutorial for this kind of graphic design - I don't know what to call this, but the logo is looking like it is printed on paper does anyone know how this is done ?
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Identifying printing quality issues

I have just received some business cards that I ordered to a local copy shop (not a printing house). The result is acceptable, but it doesn't look very professional. It is 87x54.5 mm, while the ...
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Huge Banner.. What size to make artwork in? [duplicate]

I have to make artwork for a banner that is 123'' X 194''. I am not sure what size to make the page I am creating the artwork on in Photoshop. It obviously doesn't let me make it that big. Do I need ...
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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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Photoshop anti-aliasing methods for print and web

In Photoshop you're provided with: None Sharp Crisp Strong Smooth My assumption is that there's utility beyond just "how it looks." Which anti-aliasing method that most accurately depicts ...
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Combining elements from multiple PDFs -what options do I have, what tools can I use?

Here is my problem: I am creating mindmaps with Mindjen MindManager (see an example here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mindmanager.png) The problem is that this program has very poor printing ...
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How should I set up dielines so that they are not printed?

I just want to add that white lines on the project but I don't want that line to be visible on the printed element. How can I do that? I want output project in CMYK. I have Illustrator CS6 and ...
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What is the default size of printable PDF of photography magazine in In Design?

What is the default size of printable PDF of photography magazine in In Design? I like to make photography magazine for online as well as print. I want to know is there any standard size photography ...
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Is it possible to print on small poly bags?

We run a restaurant and we package our product in 3x2x8 2mil poly bags. For 4 years we've printed labels and stuck them on the bags, but I'd like to see if there's a way to print the information ...
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Create a two color printing image with only one color (dithering)

In Illustrator: How do you create the color Grey with just using Black, but without changing opacity? (it can also be used for other colors) Whenever we have to print something (shopping bags, ...
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How do your place your artwork on a package?

I'm designing a box and I was wondering how I could place my graphics and text on it. I was curious about the printing process involved in getting the design on the box I built. I googled "how to ...
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Printing a transparent PDF document with alpha channel results in artifacts on the photo

Me and my friend are kinda struggling a lot. We have a "overlay" PDF file containing a PNG bitmap image (no vectors). We use this PDF for automatic montages in PDFlib together with generic photos to ...
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What's the best way to make a pdf book cover for Create Space?

I downloaded a paper back book cover template from Create Space and loaded it up into Inkscape (and used GIMP to crop the background images to fit the template). What steps should I take, and what ...
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Does anyone know a inkjet printer for plastic 3mm thickness?

I would like to print a photo on a 3mm PVC, and my printer doesn't do the trick. Does anyone know a inkjet printer for plastic 3mm thickness ?
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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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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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Converting CasMate Pro files to a vector format, workaround

I have a number of vectorial files that were created eons ago with a software called CasMate Pro(above) for the purpose of cutting those vectors with vinyl cutters. I googled a bit and I found out ...
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Bill a client for a design error?

A regular client of 3 years typically orders prints from us quarterly came in over a week ago with an order. Sometimes this client comes in with the designs and sometimes we do the designs in house. ...
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Double sided letterhead design with heavy ink coverage on the reverse

I have a question for seasoned graphic designers. I'm designing a logo and a stationary including the letterhead. The back of the letterhead uses a very dark background. The question is, is it risky ...
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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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Book printing, pages not arranged correctly

I'm trying out self-publishing and I'm a bit confused on how to print the pages of my book. The approximate size of the pages of my book is 4.25in x 5.5in. That's roughly 1/4th of a 8.5in x 11in in ...
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What printing process is better to avoid t-shirt logo damage?

I don't like tshirts whose logos melt when you iron them, or crack if you put them in the dryer for too long. What do you call the printing process where the logo becomes part of the shirt itself, ...
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What tools can I use to create Fractal Art?

There are many fractal generation softwares such as the free Xaos and Fractal Architect 2. I normally use Mathematica to generate fractals and process them later with editing tool but this time have ...
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Printing a PDF page in A0 poster

I have a poster that I want to print in A0 size. For technical reasons, the output PDF file unfortunately is currently not in A0 size. How can I print this poster in A0? Should I first convert it to ...
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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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With modern digital publishing process is there any reason to use InDesign for a final advertisement?

One of the most cited things I've found online is to create final advertisements in InDesign to send publishing companies because it will result in better text quality. Is this just for high end ...
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How print art board output to exact linear dimension with Illustrator CC?

I am new to illustrator with little prior digital art experience. I am in art sign trade and am required to produce art work (art board) shapes, type, and lines to an exact area size (say, +/- 1/8 in. ...
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How could I adjust a design color scheme to account for paper color?

As a made up example, say I have a client who really wants a pastel blue paper but a color print on top of the paper. She knows there's going to be discoloration, but still wants me to go ahead and ...
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Applying 2-up layout in scribus with printers´ (crop) marks

Please excuse my complete ignorance of the correct terms, but I have a set of 120mm blocks of content which I want to be cut out after printing. I can only print on A4 paper so I can cram two of each ...
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How to recreate a Photoshop sketch in Illustrator

I have attached a quick unfinished sketch made in Photoshop that will be developed for digital and screen printing on fabric and paper. It's basically a mix of hatching and erasing in different ...
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Maximum resolution of 3D printers [closed]

I was looking at 3D printers and I wanted to know the maximum achievable resolution in 3D printers that use the extrusion method (NOT the 3D laser printers). Some manufacturers claim a 20 Micron ...
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Flat Plan/Dummy/Pagination - program suggestions for piecing a pub together

We produce magazines and the software I use to make the dummy (I've seen it called flat plan or pagination, basically where the editorial goes and where the ads go) is not going to offer updates in ...
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What type of paper should I use for print outs for a physical portfolio?

I'm creating a physical portfolio for an interview. I've bought a portfolio binder/case. I was wondering on what kind of paper should I take the print outs of my work? For example, would it be fine if ...
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Different Logo Colors for Different Uses, Appropriate?

I am finalizing the last step of my logo redesign process. Is it ok not to have a regular color when presenting my logo? I am thinking about having a defined list of colors for different use cases ...
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Inkscape and logo with transparent text?

I need to make a t-shirt with a one color design that is EASY as a .png. But the shirt company wants it as a vectored .eps file. I tried sending them an import of the .png but that wasn't good ...
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How do people measure the quality of offset printing?

I would need to measure the quality of a printed material in an offset printing procedure. There is any kind of points per square inch or something similar? I cannot find any kind of information ...