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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Billboard Designing: Why design at higher resolution instead of the actual, lower print resolution?

Perhaps I haven't understood the concept of the "Scaling Workflow" and hence my confusion ... I checked out most of the Q&A for designing large format images on Photoshop (like for huge ...
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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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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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Can a 2-color logo be red, black and white?

Can a 2-color logo be red, black and white? I'm thinking that maybe white doesn't count because it's the background color? Does a 1-color logo need to be literally black with a transparent ...
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Designing for a 6in x 9in book

I am putting a text heavy book together, 6in x 9in paper size. (Perhaps related are this and this link.) Now I look for good font pairings (nice examples are here) and margin settings and line ...
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When should I use rich black?

What kind of black should I use when designing for print ? explains what rich black is, but when should it be used? If it gives a "blacker black", why not use it for all black elements in a CMYK job ...
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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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What size should I make my gatefold brochure?

I am a web developer who now needs to create a brochure, so excuse me if fumble some terms. It is a gatefold brochure and the requirement is that the central piece is as close to square as possible. ...
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What is page bleed and how can I avoid issues with it ?

I have never had problems in the past with printing documents, but ever since I started doing posters or mockups.. somehow I end up unconsciously cropping or padding (I am not sure it that is the ...
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How to work with white artwork in Adobe Illustrator?

Regarding Adobe Illustrator - I am trying to create a vector file that an imprinter will use to imprint my image on to T-shirts. The shirts will be black and I want my image to be in white. ...
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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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Is there a tool in linux/gimp to dynamically layout a grid of images for scrapbook cutouts?

I'm looking for a tool that will layout images into grids dynamically without altering their proportions. The purpose would be to make cutting image printouts much faster for moodboards/scrapbooking. ...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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drawing diecut line for chipboard and wrapping paper to form boxes

I m working as designer in a printing house. Recently our company starting to venture into the the area of packaging. Our boss brought in a digital cutting machine. We are require to draw out ...
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Printing in black paper?

Good day. I have no experience on this whatsoever so any help/insight from you would be very much appreciated. :) (my very first post too! :D) I think posting the picture will help me explain things ...
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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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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 ...
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How to use two instances of image to make an image overall wider?

I am working on a print size of 72" x 24". My image that I would like to use is about 18" x 18" at 300 dpi. I am afraid just resizing the image will result in to much loss of quality to stretch to fit ...
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Spot Color Transparency and Screens in Illustrator

(Illustrator CS5) I have a design that will be printed on a line printer. Possible are up to 7 colors, or a 4-color process with 3 line colors. I'm currently sticking to PMS only (only 5 PMS colors ...
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An error in printed book is my fault: what do I do? [duplicate]

I designed a kids' activity book for my client. She handwrote all the text correctly and I typed a sentence out incorrectly. She approved the proof before print but that was the 6th draft so I guess ...
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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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Best workflow for editing massive posters/banners for print in Photoshop?

I have a very large poster that is 98" by 90" and I would like to know some good tips for making edits to the file I tried to make it a smart object and then decrease the image size, only to increase ...
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Best practices around creating LARGE poster image 24X36

I need to create a large image (for print) at 24X36 inches. It is a seating chart poster for a wedding. What settings in Photoshop would I set for an image this size (DPI, etc.)? I would need it to ...
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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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Can I fill a ink cartridge with any type of ink? Even valuable ink?

I have a project that requires the use of really valuable ink - particularly GOLD ink (made with real gold and a water based adhesive - very fine and smooth in texture), in order to get a near perfect ...
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Why does this poster look off, like it's lacking something to focus on?

I'm new at graphic design so any help would be very appreciated. Higher-up didn't provide that much info to work with, which is why it looks sparse, but I keep looking at it and feeling like it is ...
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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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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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Do I have to create vector files at the correct print size?

I had to create an 800mm x 2000mm print and so I started by actually creating a 800mm x 2000mm file in Illustrator. The file contained only vectors so my question is: Can I create my file size ...
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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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What are the smallest dimensions/resolution I can use for a 7ft x 2ft banner? [duplicate]

I am designing a banner which will be printed at 7ft x 4ft. I am using Photoshop CS4. The images are not vectors. The original poster artwork has been done at 300 ppi for A4 printing. I was ...
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What PPI settings should I use to print a poster from Photoshop?

Recently I needed to make an A3 size poster for my college fest so I opened up a new .psd, set the dimensions to 11.7" x 16.5" 300 PPI under 16-Bit. As you know the file size ran into 100 MBs and ...
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Whats a good way to find a good designer? [closed]

I'm running a company that needs design work from time to time. Things like business cards, web design, marketing materials, etc. We probably have about 20 hours a month of design work on average. ...
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Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?

I have worked with CreateSpace before and used AI vector images on the cover and interior PDF of a book, but the images all printed pixelated. After complaining, CreateSpace told me to only use 300 ...
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What printing technique can I use to print a poster that is too vibrant to print using screen printing?

I've got a poster design that I wish to print. But provided that poster has multiple colors that won't go good for a screen print (further, I would like to restrict screen printing to t-shirts), is ...
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Cheap very large scale printing methods (wall sized, 10,000 square feet)

I'm interested in printing some very large installations from a digital file -- i.e. 10,000 square feet. This is for a cheap art-school project, so labor and quality are NOT concerns, but COST is. ...
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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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Critique: How should I place/format an informative text in a picture?

I am trying to advertise some discounts in Facebook and to do that I have to provide an image that has a small amount of text informing potential customers about the discount I am offering. I am ...
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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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How is it possible to use raster images on billboards at such large sizes?

I am learning graphic design. I know Illustrator is for vectors and Photoshop is raster images. When it is enlarged in Photoshop you can see the individual pixels and raster results. So Illustrator is ...
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Optimizing Images for Printing

I'm looking to snag some open source image from this collection on Flickr and print them on a 3in x 5in sheet in notebooks like this: I know the resolution is much lower than it needs to be (72dpi ...
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How do I automatically add a margin to every even page?

I'm hoping this is the best community for this - Whilst not directly graphical, I'm thinking it is related to a print option in Adobe Acrobat, but, I can't seem to find it. I have a bunch of bank ...
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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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Will text laid out on an image in Photoshop, when printed look pixelated? Or sharp enough?

The title really says it all. I want to design a poster for my home. But here's my question, if I lay out the text in photoshop, save it and then print it - will the text look pixelated? Or sharp ...
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What are the basic rules for designing a book (novel)? [closed]

I promised my friend I'd design a book for him he's releasing for free and I could use the help of you guys. I'm going to use the latest InDesign. The book should be in .pdf format and is intended ...
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How do I find a printer who can print in white on a t-shirt?

Where can I find a printing company that can print my logo on a heat transfer using " WHITE" I am trying to put my logo (that has white clouds in it ) on a t-shirt. BUT , I cannot find anyone who ...
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What is the standard size of a desk calendar?

I have a new task to design a desk calendar. I've never designed a calendar so far. Can someone help me with the standard dimensions and resolution of a desk calendar. Edit: this is actually for a ...
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Printing: Opacity color or transparency in Abode Illustrator

I have a client who needs a flyer designed and has a printing restriction of one color, in order to keep cost low. To make the design more interesting and appealing I have used the same color blue in ...
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gray photos differ between pc and offset printing

i wanted to ask why gray photos differ between pc and offset printing. 86% gray seem whitish gray on pc but became black on offset printing , is there any solution to see how appear grayscale images ...
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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 ...