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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What black should I use when printing on a metal tin?

I have to make a label for an olive oil brand and the background of the label consists of an olive trunk that fades to black. What are the cmyk values which are appropriate for printing a true black ...
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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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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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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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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 bills/invoices,...
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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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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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Color shifts when printing in illustrator vs word - how to avoid?

Working on a graphic for a thank you letter that will be printed and sent out to clients. Already found exact color that prints as expected (Neon mountain dew green on screen, green apple ish color ...
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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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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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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'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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Exporting from illustrator to A4

I know its basic, but i have an A4 artboard in Illustrator . I would like to send it to printing , and they want it to be in pdf. I afraid that the sizes definitions will change. So, when i export ...
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How can I get the CMYK values from a REAL printed image? [duplicate]

I've been designing web graphics for a long time, but I've been requested to print out some new work. The client presented me a printed magazine page and asked me to make her logo the exact same color ...
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PDF from InDesign looks correct but prints bounding boxes around effects and transparencies on SOME printers

When I export my newsletter from InDesign to PDF, the resulting PDF, including all transparent graphics, rasters and effects look great on screen. When I print the PDF to a plotter (Canon IPF8300), ...
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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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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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Saving as PDF in 300 dpi changes the resolution (PHOTOSHOP)

I would really appreciate your help. I 've been trying to figure this out for more than 5 days sadly on different types of software and finally I decided to download Photoshop CC and still no luck. I ...
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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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How to print or transfer onto mugs?

PLEASE HELP knowledgeable people :) I am wondering what the process is in applying a design to the surface of a mug. I want to experiment with patterns and text and create something that looks modern ...
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printing on plastic - coated versus uncoated

I understand the coated versus uncoated dealing with paper stock, but is there any difference when dealing with plastics? Do plastics have absorption characteristics that would provide for color ...
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How can I increase my jpg from 72 dpi to 150 dpi and not have the printable size shrink?

I have to print some banners that will be 2'x3'. They will have different company logos on them sized as large as I can to fit on the banner, with 3 lines of text below. The problem is many of my ...
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Multiply effect when printing on cardboard stock

So I've designed a label and been using a cardboard texture as a guide for when it will be printed on actual cardboard. I've used the multiply blending effect in InDesign so I can get some of the ...
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Set-up template in Indesign for creep

Information please on how to set-up Indesign for creep/shingling on 116 page booklet.
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How can I optimize the resolution of my type? [closed]

Sometimes when I go to print, my text will either come out immaculate and sharp and sometimes it will come out little fuzzy, almost as though it was bitmap. I know the printer has the capability of ...
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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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Image from photoshop has a different black background. I deleted the background

I've gotten an image off the internet. I pasted into Photoshop and deleted the background saved it as a psd and placed it into my Illustrator doc. The Illustrator file has a black background. When I ...
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Does printing an image at a high PPI consumes more ink?

I have an inkjet printer with a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 DPI and I was wondering two things: Does printing an image with a high PPI resolution makes the printer use more ink? For example,...
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What is the proper term for printed book sides?

In german we call it »Schnittverzierungen«. There are different kinds of them, the most common one is »Farbschnitt«, where all sides are colored. Here are some examples: Source Source