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 can I take my graphic design to the next level?

I'm a full-time professional designer in the early middle of my career -- I have been working as a designer full-time for 15 years. I create lots of work that I am very proud of. However, when I look ...
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What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name?

What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name in older printed texts, and what is their purpose? Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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How to prepare an image / graphic file to be printed or embroidered on clothing and garments?

I recently created some graphics with Adobe Illustrator, saved them as PDFs and sent them to a printing company for a quote for part embroidery, part screen print on clothing. The quote came back ...
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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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Packaging design printing in small numbers?

Packaging design printing in small numbers? I'm designing some small 4"x4"x4" packages for a class project and I only need a few boxes (probably 5 total). I've checked dozens of printing sites, but ...
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How to increase saturation or intensity of this printed pattern

The image on the left is what I see on my monitor ( CMYK Vector ) The image on the right was produced using flexography for a packaging design The image on the right is dull and murky and doesn't '...
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What techniques can be used to create a proper hierarchy of design elements?

This question is similar to this one and this one, but still different enough to merit it's own Q&A, imho. As a beginning designer, and up to this day, I have always struggled with a very basic ...
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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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spot color print - how to indicate white

I prefer to work with the web, so it's been forever since I've worked with a printer. Just received this message back regarding a doc utilizing white ink. How can I accomplish this in Adobe ...
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What are the branches of Graphic Design

Does anyone know what is the full-branch of Graphic Design and the title for the person doing it. Graphic Design |- Web Design - Web Designer |- Illustration - Illustrator |- Photo Manipulation - ...
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Printing over watercolor

I've previously screen printed over watercolors but would be interested in looking into digital printing onto paper thats been painted... Is there any common process for doing this or is it just not ...
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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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What 4c process blend best represents a yellow highlighter?

I'm creating a letter and want to include a highlighted section, I'm trying to find the best CMYK blend that represents that when printed.
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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: 8-...
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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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How to make a book with multiple title levels less confusing?

I am designing the layout for a textbook. The book is organized into themes at three levels: Modules Units Lessons When looking in the table of contents, this organization is easy to ...
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Best practice when implementing numbered lists in columns?

I often implement numbered list for both print and web projects. At times it is just more efficient to break the list into two, three, or four columns. How should item ordering be handled? Should ...
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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: http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/29362/cs-graduate-starting-out-in-graphics-design-what-are-the-main-...
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Maximum CMYK sum value for colors when printing?

I have a lot of dark brown in my artwork designed in photoshop, which is C73-M62-Y98-K73. Does it matter that the sum is over 300%? Should I be limiting my colours to a certain percentage?
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How to decide what type of paper to use for a flyer to hand out at a tradeshow?

I'm printing a tradeshow flyer and was wondering what type of paper I should print it on. I don't want anything glossy so I'm trying to decide on the following: 100# text weight matte 80# cover 80# ...
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How can I hire a manga artist, and what are the general cost factors associated with producing a comic?

If one had a story that was as yet undefined but wanted to work out the economics of a manga publication - how would one go about it? How does one get to top artists (any artist, otherwise)? Are ...
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What application can tile one PDF page multiple times on a sheet?

I have a two page PDF, page 1 is business card front, page 2 is business card back. I want to print 9 copies of page 1 on sheet 1, then print 9 copies of page 2 on sheet two (duplex printing prints ...
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Simplest set of inks that could print the RGB gamut?

Artist Tauba Auberbach produced this recently: It's called RGB Colourspace Atlas, and is a physical, printed book of what it implies is the whole RGB colour space. Is there an existing ...
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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 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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Is it acceptable to have the front of a handbill a different orientation than the back?

I'm designing a handbill that has a sort of poster/cover image on the front and then event details on the back. I've been able to lay out the details in a more pleasing way on the back if I have it in ...
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Why is it called branding 'collateral'

I use the term from time to time and i just cant get my head around it why is it called branding 'collateral' - in my mind collateral is something you put up as a security, usually in conjunction to a ...
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Graphic Design Conferences

Does anyone know of good/reputable graphic design conferences/conventions in the states? I'm looking to attend one that focuses both on web and print design. Your recommendations are appreciated.
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Help me understand how the “RGB Colorspace Atlas” by artist Tauba Auerbach was made

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/09/tauba-auerbachs-rgb-colorspace-atlas-depicts-every-color-imaginable/ The "RGB Colorspace Atlas" by artist Tauba Auerbach is supposedly every RGB color, "printed" ...
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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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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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Illustrator EPS File To PNG Web Logo - Print Quality

I have been provided a typographic logo in an EPS format and I am creating a PNG with it (File | Save For Web & Devices) to be used on a web site. One of the pages on the web site is a "print ...
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Will desaturated colors use less ink?

If I print a full-color document or spreadsheet, will the printer use less ink if the colors used are less intense? If I desaturate the color without actually approaching grayscale, I would assume ...
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How to see an embedded image's dpi (ppi) in a pdf in Acrobat Pro?

The following situation baffled me slightly: after preparing a pdf in a different program I wanted to make sure that an embeded image in the pdf file had the right dpi, yet I found no way in adobe ...
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Print outline preview in illustrator

Is it possible to print only the outline preview (View > Preview) of an artboard? Taking a screenshot and printing is not an option for me.
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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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Feeding external text in InDesign

We're working on a magazine and I'm laying out the text in Adobe InDesign. Is there a way to include the texts dynamically, so that a person who doesn't have InDesign can edit the texts and the edits ...
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How is completely matte printing achieved?

I'm working on a colourful publication. Each page has a different coloured design all over it, covering it completely. I want it to be completely matte, but I'm not sure how to achieve that. Here is ...
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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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Do designers use different color palettes for web and print design?

I'm designing a brand for a startup company, (new to freelancing) and I'm trying to make my color choices suitable for printed documents as well as displaying them on web. Using Illustrator (doc in ...
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“Change this design to a quarter page, from a half” - page layout reduction but keep content

Hopefully won't be too vague a question or specific, but understand that it might be. I rarely touch design work, but my employer has asked me to take an A4 page advert (PDF) for a client and "...
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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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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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Printing Visualization - Spot UV

I recently got a lot of offset printing jobs and with them the ability to choose options that were not available to me before. So the Problem is that I generally have to make a presentation of the ...
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Well designed layout examples of a “step-by-step tutorial” publication

I'm trying to find examples of beautifully designed step-by-step tutorials. As different layouts as possible, to feed my imagination so I can build on that. I'm particularly interested in page ...