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 do I convert and compress a psd file to a pdf file without compromising quality?

I am designing a billboard with artwork that is 12" x 24" with a resolution of 500. (This is what they wanted.) The psd file is 170MB and they only want a 20MB file. I am using Photoshop CC. How do I ...
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help with a printing program

i just bought a hp designjet 44 inch photo printer. what printing program would be good too make large prints and help workflow and conserve paper I'm using a macbook pro
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Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
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Who is responsible for text mistakes in a print project?

I am a graphic designer and my project was to design and print a cocktail catalog. Everything worked fine till the client realized, when I delivered the printed catalogs, that a cocktail΄s description ...
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Exporting from InDesign for print: PDF, JPEG or PNG?

I have a poster I designed with Adobe InDesign (69in x 36in) and I want to go to a print place and have it printed, but I don't know which format I should give the printing guys my file. InDesign ...
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laser vs. inkjet printer for vectors and text [closed]

As far as I've heard, a laser monochrome printer could deliver better sharp results compared with ink printers, when it comes to text printing. Assuming that all I need to print it's black text ...
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Achieving a printed on paper look [closed]

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to look at my question. So, I'd love to know how to achieve this effect (pic below). As you'll see it looks as though the ink is sitting on the brown paper and ...
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Companion colormap for text highlight color

Edit: I am looking for resources (articles, books, posts) which study the choice of a single color to highlight text and a sequential color for two and three dimensional plots such that both are ...
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What is the best blending mode or opacity to use for printing?

What is the best blending mode to use for a pattern to give a transparent look in a packaging products? This product will be printed in CMYK colors, I attached samples of Black and cream colors.. For ...
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New to printing terms and how it works

Hello I am new to print as I do most of my works on digital format...my client asked me to edit a label of their product in Adobe Illustrator and here are some terms that I dont know what they mean ...
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Making cut-paper art digitally, does resolution of shapes need to match?

First, I'm curious if there's an official name for this. It's cut-paper art and it is collage, but those terms are much broader than what goes on here. However I know that this style of work, cutting ...
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Print resolution standards - has anything changed?

I have recently been asked a few times by printers to supply higher than standard quality files without a good explanation to why (aside from saying that the file size seems too small - but we all ...
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What is the largest resolution image I can print at a store with a print center? [closed]

My company prints cheap posters relatively frequently for events we host and attend. Usually we print these posters at a Sams Club down the road from our offices. We have had a history of files ...
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black gradients print blue from indesign

I can't get black gradients to print black, it keeps printing blue. Even after creating a rich black swatch and setting my color output to composite gray it still printed blue. What am I missing?
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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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Prepress proofs?

This is my first time creating a photography book through Indesign and submitting for print. I'm about to submit the pdf to the printer and receive pre-press proofs. The book contains many images as ...
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Preparing document for print to have reverse creases

I have a wedding invite that has been created as one page but it will fold like an accordion. It's a portrait page split into 4 with 3 creases. How do you go about preparing a document to have some ...
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Designing a clothing company Tag [closed]

Can anyone tell me which is the best software for Designing a clothing company Tag? Also any preferred/standard size (if any) or special requirements for designing a tag?
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I'm just starting out on my own making invitations and such---How should I print them?

I use the website picmonkey.com to do fun editing and graphics to make Christmas cards, invitations, etc. I have been using an online printing website but someday I want to expand this and be able ...
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Big clear sticker for shop front window - advice

Having a new job to do which is a big illustration, 1200mm X 2400mm high for a shop front window to be printed onto clear vinyl, a big sticker. The linework will be quite bold, eg 5 - 20mm thick, in ...
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crop marks for print in photoshop

I got really confused with this. I read a lot about this, but yet can't be sure. I'm trying to make A4 document(graphic design work, not text-only doc.) for print. The problem is I don't know who is ...
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File format for printing question

Novice here..I know very little about file types, and am so overwhelmed. I have an Ai file of a simple text logo that I need to send to a client where they will then insert it on their ...
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Wall-Sized Canvas Print

I am trying to figure out the best medium (at a good intersection of cost and quality) for an approximately 10 ft x 10 ft print. (This is for an exhibit that I'm putting on with my own budget. I'll ...
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How to Force HP LaserJet Color M475 Printer to Print at Lower Than 600 DPI

I am printing stereograms (like in those Magic Eye books you've likely seen). I can generate them at DPIs ranging from 30 DPI to 300 DPI. My HP LaserJet Color M475 printer insists on printing them ...
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What are the best settings to design poster at 2.6m x 3.05m in Photoshop?

I have to design artwork to go on a sheet 3050mm wide by 2600mm high and placed on a building to be viewed at about 15-20 meters. The scene will be a living room with pictures of various furnitures ...
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Where to place glue tabs when creating pockets?

When creating mechanicals for folders with pockets, where should one set the glue tabs--on the smaller flap for the pocket or on the main body of the piece and why? Or is this decided on a case by ...
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How to get rid of magenta “spillage” when printing only black?

I sent a PDF with a few objects in C: 0%, M: 0%, Y: 0%, K: 100%, for digital printing on a glossy paper, to a local print shop. The print looks good and everything, but there seems to be a weak nuance ...
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What's more expensive: hot foil or blind emboss?

Give a shared specification, which technique (blind emboss or hot foil) is more expensive? identical graphics same size of let's say 5 x 5 cm As far as I know, hot foils aren't that expensive, so ...
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How to resolve a problem with exporting in CorelDraw?

When I'm working in CorelDraw and my paper size is A4 (it's shows in the left upper corner) I keep the size of my poster into the limits of my borders/paper. Meanwhile, I have nothing changed in the ...
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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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Does this New York Times magazine cover have any cultural significance?

I was browsing the Cover Junkie site when I stumbled upon this cover of The New York Times Magazine. I don't get it. How am I supposed to get what the cover tries to tell me? Are there any ...
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How to choose a grid system for print

Grid systems are one of the most useful tools in graphic design. They can range from a simple baseline grid and margins to a complicated modular system. Some examples: I'm interested in how to ...
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Jpeg for vinyl printing

I have a been asked to include a logo (Jpeg format) on a vinyl banner that i am producing. Would it be possible to know if this will be work without creating issue with the print. (will it display ...
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How to avoid rich blacks on inkjet?

I'm printing a short-run of labels at home on my Epson Inkjet. I have a CMYK pdf I've exported from Illustrator. No rich blacks, no color conversion when creating the pdf, Appearance of Black: both ...
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Printer wants to use CMYK 30-30-20-100 for black which produces a dark purple?

I'm doing some work for a food truck wrap and the printer wants designers to use 30-30-20-100 CMYK for all black objects. For this particular project, the entire truck itself will be black with other ...
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Can I make these very large Illustrator files smaller? Can linked files be increasing the size?

I've been creating art for some very large wall graphics (approx. 23'x10') in Illustrator CC. I've been cutting the walls into 5 sections, creating separate files and laying out the art at half size ...
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Vertical Page Layout Print Booklet Prints Does Not Print Correctly

I'm printing a duplexed booklet with vertical master spreads using the instructions by Cari Jansen (great tut) http://indesignsecrets.com/vertical-master-page-spreads.php/comment-page-1. But when I go ...
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Save a PDF with a transparent background? [duplicate]

I have an Illustrator file that I have saved in various formats, including a .PNG. Only my client on a PC, needs it to be a .PDF with a transparent background. This is for print purposes. Any ...
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What does it mean when printers have told me my colour is not a Pantone colour, but in my file it is?

I've recently designed a cosmetic label for a client and I've given them the final file to have it printed at their designated printer companies. But a few have them have come back and said that they ...
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I'm using Indesign - the background is black yet when I print pdf it shows white [closed]

I'm using Indesign - the background is black yet when I print the PDF it shows white. How can I fix this please?
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Fusion of transparent layer on to existing layer

I have a layer with multiple shapes and colors, and I would like to manipulate the layer esaily by changing the intensity of the colors. I know this can be easily achieved by an extra layer of the ...
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How would you create an 'experience' with an invoice keeping ink cartridges in mind?

I wanted to make receiving an invoice a little bit better by creating a bit more colorful, nice invoice instead of the regular ol' black and white monochrome typewriter font-like invoices from the ...
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How can one accurately reproduce color from an already printed (hard copy) color block?

Thanks in advance! Really trying to find the answer to this one... have an already printed color available in a document. And now, need to reproduce it on a (wide format) printer. What should be ...
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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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Changing resolution from 300 to 100 DPI

I have been designing graphics for years. I have gone through a dozen printers. I have not found any difference in the printing of my 300 resolution images, and the 100 resolution, I changed the 300 ...
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Name of this Font? Body text in the series of books by Time-Life

I am trying to identify a font from a series of books by Time-Life that has gone out of print. A sample of the particular is given in the image below: OCR, image processing and correlation with ...
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How much to charge for projects transferred to you? [closed]

I've been doing freelance design for a while, and some marketing agency is interested in my work. They want to transfer projects to me, most likely when they have a big workload. They offered me 50% ...
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Reduce handmade graphics for sharper look?

From hearsay I know that some designers reduce handmade graphics (hand drawn sketches, woodcut, linocut, ...) to give the graphics a "sharp" look. I imagine that making the original 10 times the size ...
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Is there an universal “rich black” CMYK value? [duplicate]

Each website across the internet suggests a distinct CMYK value to use as "rich black", so I get confused with that.
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Queries from Printers about my booklet created with photoshop, please help [closed]

I sent my artwork for print and they have returned it with a few queries. I would be very grateful if anyone could help me understand what they are asking of me. They said: 1) No bleeds , no trim ...