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 create a printable 2-page CV in Photoshop

I typed my cv in a word processor. It is 2 pages long. I have also created a photoshop design using the A4 dimensions. I have noticed that not only do I need two pages but also it would help the ...
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Converting InDesign CS6 document to printer spreads using print booklet

I am trying to create a press ready PDF for a 16 page InDesign document using Print Booklet. I see the Print Booklet preview and everything looks fine, spreads are correct, etc. However, when I run ...
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Share printing material in an online gallery

What would you say would be the best, simplest way to share images and design source files online that can be freely downloaded and printed, and so people can upload their own files? We would like to ...
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Pairing a font with a tahoma as display font

For branding matters, I need to use tahoma as a display font (for all headlines). I know, I know, it's a body text font meant only for screens: I don't really have a choice there. I am having a hard ...
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Designing printed items with a hairline border

I came across these business cards on a blog, what i cant work out is how did they manage to print the cards with such a fine hairline white board close to the edge. Normaly when you'd print ...
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Gradient white lines in .eps file

I designed a vector in Adobe Illustrator CS6, but when saved as an .eps file, white vertical lines appear in my gradient. What is happening? I've tried rasterizing the vector at 300 PPI with ...
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How to project an image into a cone?

I have a circular image that I want to print over a cone. That is, over a circle with a wedge cut out, and then assembled into a cone. However, if I just print my image and then cut the wedge, not ...
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How to create a PDF which has a background that does not print

Is there a way to create a PDF file that shows a background color or image when viewed in Acrobat Reader, but when printed that background does not get printed by default? Ideally, this would happen ...
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Which Photoshop features are affected by different DPI or PPI tags?

A Photoshop document‘s physical size, pixel density (DPI/PPI) and pixel dimensions are all linked. Bitmap images contain bitmap data, which are a specific size (pixel dimensions). They also contain a ...
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What are the most common album layouts besides the classical one?

When one try to make/publish a photo album the most common layout is the one with one photo per page. What other layouts are proven to be successful, especially considering that we intent to print on ...
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Export vector design from Illustrator to photoshop and back

How do I take a gradient vector design into photoshop, add noise to it, and then return it back into Illustrator without the white background?
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What are the best practices and techniques to fix rags?

What would be the best practices to fix the rags on a left aligned text for print. Besides breaking lines and hyphenations, should you use tracking, and if so how much. Also, how would you judged a ...
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Are Google Web-Fonts okay for printing?

Do Google's fonts function just like any other font? I've only gotten a few but they look a little poor in quality when used in print applications. Has anyone used them for a print design and did it ...
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Is the maximum ink percentage embedded in the pdf color profile?

I am placing some Photoshop-made artwork into InDesign and exporting to PDF for print. My artwork is quite dark, and Ps's eyedropper tells me that some of my blacks are around the 90/95/95/85 mark. My ...
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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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How to portray “confidence” and “reliability” in a brochure

I have to design a brochure for a client. I don't understand much of brand identity, but my client says his brochure should reflect the following: Professional It should not be the flavour of the ...
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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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How important is it to have a “creative” résumé?

I've seen many, many examples of flashy résumés by various designers, and I was wondering if this approach is effective. For example, Michael Farrow's multi-paged CV, and these infographic-styled ...
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Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work

So, you've finished a design job (eg. a logo design) and the client asks for your IP surrounding the logo, eg copyright, original artwork files, notes, sketches, all of that stuff that went into ...
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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 is it called when an image pokes above text/design elements?

Publications often seem to like to make parts of images poke above text or design elements, either subtly or clearly. For example, in this Radio Times cover, the top of a woman's head is positioned ...
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Leaflet fold where full-page spread is the last thing seen?

Is there a type of fold for one-sheet flyers where the last thing a reader reaches while working through it in a natural way is a full-page spread, and where sections of that full page spread are not ...
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How to use Illustrator to Create DIN A4, six-sided folder-flyer?

I'm not sure how to know which space I need to set a document in Adobe Illustrator CS5 when I want to create a six-sided DIN A4 folder-flyer. Is there a template somewhere out there that I can use? Or ...
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Examples of good academic poster design

Do you have any good examples of academic poster design? Most posters look exactly the same (I don't want to pick on anyone in particular), and from my experience at conferences, almost nobody reads ...
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How to ensure scalability of logo design?

How can I make my logo suitable for all purposes, from webpages to very large printed banners? I currently use use Photoshop.
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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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Design critique for 36“ x 24” poster announcing coffee shop re-opening

I am new to the graphic design chat here. Please provide any feedback/critique on the poster available via these links. One is on a colored background, the other is on a white background. Which is ...
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Printing full-bleed from Adobe InDesign or Acrobat on Mac

I'm using a Brother MFC-J6910DW inkjet. On my PC it's easy enough to print full bleed, there's a borderless option in the printer dialog. I can't find any such option on the Mac. Am I not able to ...
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Large format printing DPI for billboards

Hi can anyone help my confusion? I'm preparing artwork for some billboards - 96 sheets (overall size 12192mm x 3048mm). The specs say to produce artwork at a 10th of the size = 1219.2mm x 304.8mm. ...
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suggestions for ways to gain practical experience?

If this is not considered an appropriate question for this list (I couldn't quite tell from the FAQ), feel free to close it, but I could really use some specific, concrete advice. I passed the ACE ...
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Can I reformat an old logo with a higher resolution?

I have 2 logos saved in a PDF file. I sent them to my printer to have a banner printed using those logos. THe printer is saying they are not high enough resolution. How can I reformat them so they are ...
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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 ...
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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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Converting Wiki to DTP format

I am looking for a way to convert Wiki to a DTP format - what is the most efficient (fast but preserving all of the document elements) way to do that? The "DTP format" can be any format used in the ...
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Data merge and layout of photoshop files

I have a PSD where the design contains a text layer. I want to generate a version of the image for each name in a text file and lay out the results 6-up on a page for printing without any scaling or ...
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Beginner Question: Is it bad to mix raster photography into vector based print work? Alternative?

I am tasked with creating a vector based print work. And I'm very new to print design. Is it a good idea to include raster photography inside my vector image? It seems to destroy the whole point of ...
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Rendering issues when printing PDF file with transparency on images

I've created a document using OpenOffice / LibreOffce with a black background and PNG images which have some transparency. I exported that document to PDF and printed it. The black which comes from ...
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What's the best full-bleed color printer for frequent graphic design/office use? [closed]

What's the best color printer (any technology) that can do full-bleed printing so that I don't have to print 8.5x11's on bigger paper and then cut? Affordable ink/toner is important. UPDATE: If ...
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What's the best way to create custom grid lines in Photoshop?

Is there a way to quickly define a baseline grid on photoshop using the guides tool? For example, if I want to create a 24px vertical rhythm, can I do this quickly on PS?
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Please help me grid this A4 landscape poster

I'm working on this simple A4 landscape poster basically saying "adobe.com/" (newline) "indesign" with big letters in the middle of the page, and a small lipsum footer at the bottom. But I'm having a ...
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Setting guide coordinates in Illustrator

I want to specific the position of a guide manually, without dragging or using the mouse. In Inkscape you can create a guide, then double or right-click to specify the X, Y coordinates of the guide. ...
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Designing forms for printing in InDesign

I have to make a lot of forms in InDesign. Not interactive forms, just forms that need to be printed. It's really a pain making all the checkboxes, radio buttons, lines and text fields and ensuring ...
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Problem converting color from RGB to CMYK for print

I designed a poster in CorelDraw X5 for printing purposes. I was told by the Printshop guy to use colors only in CMYK. For the most part I did, I don't know why I missed it but I used one color in RGB ...
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Large size banner design issue..help needed immediately? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What DPI should a large format artwork for print be done at? I want to design a large banner for computer shop and banner will be viewed from a far distance. I will be ...
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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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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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Large-format printing suggestions

I need to print a photo in large scale 3x3m. What size a photo should be, what pixel dimension? What resolution do I need to avoid pixelization? Also what format of file should it be ? PDF? This ...
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Replacement for Hoefler Text

I have a resume that was designed on a Mac, which came with Hoefler Text pre-installed. I no longer have access to the Mac, but I need to edit the resume (done in Open Office Draw). It's not really an ...
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Is the print process different for business cards oriented in landscape or portrait layouts?

I often see business card printers asking for the customer to specify whether it's a portrait or landscape design. Is there any difference in the print process or notable difference by printing a ...
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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 ...