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 a print have a resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi?

While reading about the CANON PIXMA MG5150 printer (http://www.canon.de/printers/inkjet/pixma/pixma_mg5150/), there was a stated print resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi. How is this value meant here, ...
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What are some techniques for minmizing quality loss when your work is intended to be printed by desktop printers?

Our organization generally won't spring for professional printing. Some people that receive my work are expected to print it themselves, and then use or distribute it as needed. As a result, a lot of ...
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How to get texture finish on packaging

Dear professional designers, I have questions regarding to creating packaging texture. I am intersected in creating a packaging design with a little paper texture. See 2 example below. I was ...
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Invisible Barcode

This may border on the 'too technical' side of graphic design but I'll give it a try. We have a contract with a printer who requires a barcode on the interior and cover of our books so that they can ...
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InDesign and PDF printing boxes instead of shadows - Onscreen looks perfect

I apologize in advance if this has been asked, but I've searched for a few phrases and I'm not sure how else to ask it. Using InDesign I've created a vector "ribbon" and given it a drop shadow. I've ...
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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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Does it matter that a CMYK image I upload changes colors?

I just finished a print shop for a coffeemachine, there will be around 1000 unit prints I have one stupid question, and I'm kinda scared: When I export it as cmyk it looks good on my screen but when ...
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How do I ensure that my greys don't have a colour sheen when printed from Photoshop?

I have designed a photoshop flyer (CMYK, 16 bit) and have a grey background, some black&white pictures and some blue graphs and text. Now the guy who prints it told me that it looks good on ...
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Smallest readable printed font size for Calibri on my inkjet printer?

What would be the smallest font in Microsoft Word that when printed on an A4 size paper would still be readable? By readable, I don't mean comfortably readable. All I need is for the printed text to ...
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I want to print a double sided BOOK not booklet that is 200 pages long

My book is 200pages long.I need to print double sided but I want it bound properly so needs to be in order for guillotine and stacking.My paper size is A4 but the book is A5 sideways on the A4 paper ...
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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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Which color profile is appropriate for images being printed on canvas?

I want to know the best colour space settings for preparing an image for canvas printing. The research I've done mostly speaks about sRGB and some speak about Adobe RGB. I'm not sure what to do. ...
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Can I print large photo on canvas (72''x20''), but also have high resolution (300dpi) and all that in rather small file size?

Is there a way to have all those 3 things together? Large/high quality/small file size. Because I need to send this file to an office which have rather old computer system (don't ask) to print it. But ...
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Smallest font size for small print?

I'm setting up a document and the document has some * and footnotes. The document itself is A6 size, which is pretty small (postcard size). What font-size should I assign to the smallprint footnotes? ...
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Typo error on printed double sided flyer that client approved. Should the designer pay? [duplicate]

A client sent the text which was copied and pasted for a flyer design. The client approved the final file for print. The flyer is printed but does have a typo error. Is the designer responsible for ...
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How to get best print results from Illustrator?

I'm printing a large poster through a full color inkjet plotter. What is the best format to export a design from illustrator for print, that will result in the best quality and lowest file size? ...
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How do I ensure that an image with a heavy color overlay will be visible in professional print?

I have attached a detail of an image I created for a client. When printed on an inkjet you can barely see the overlayed image. I hoped that when professionally done it would be okay, but can anyone ...
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Create pdf from Illustrator and retain scale when printing

I have created a pattern in Illustrator CS6 and need to save as a pdf and retain the correct scale. I'm losing 1/16" of a inch all around. How can I resolve this?
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How to trim by hand using crop marks?

I'm quite new to printing graphics. I understand why crop marks are used when printing, and on the face of it, they seem quite straight-forward to use. However, when I went to trim a document I have ...
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At what size can I print a pixel image of an existing without losing quality, and can I use it for personal or resale purpose?

I have an image of Wang Ximeng's A Thousand Li Of Rivers And Mountains which currently resides in the forbidden palace in Beijing. I fell in love with this painting and searched high and low for a ...
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When designing for vehicle wraps, how do I align the baseline for type?

I was looking for a rule or study that could help define how one would design text for a vehicle wrap. I've noticed that some wrap a vehicle based on the vehicle's contours but some wraps' designs ...
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Print a PDF of spreads as single pages

I've created an InDesign layout which contains spreads, 2 letter-size sheets side by side on each PDF "page." I'm trying to figure out how to print the PDF so that each letter sized sheet prints ...
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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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Indesign: include bleed marks, and bleed

When I export a document using PDF Bleed Marks printer options, and set bleed and slug to the document settings, crop marks appear in the correct location, however crop out the actual bleed colour. ...
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Default Bleeds/Margins for a Letter

I have been asked to make a letter sized document (8.5 in x 11 in) and have not been given any bleeds or margins even though it is for printing. Is there a general rule of thumb to follow that most ...
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Inkscape generated vector image has stroke size that won't change with resizing

I made a vector graphic and saved it as pdf with Inkscape. The problem is that when I open the pdf, if I resize it the graphic get scaled, but the strokes keep their size. So if I make the graphic ...
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wall-sized design in AI [duplicate]

The university asked me to design a wallpaper with size 3.81x2.87m in a high resolution This the first time designing this so I did the following: Designed the wallpaper at smaller size ( which ...
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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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Help with Large Format Design setup [duplicate]

Working on huge project. lots of different graphics. mostly print and web, but one requirement for our even at a casino in Vegas is for large scale prints. one is a wall wrap other is a billboard. one ...
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Is there an easy and cheap way to print qr codes on post-it notes?

Is there an easy and cheap way to print small quantities of qr codes on post-it notes? Would need only a few post-its with same qr code, but overall quantity might be a 100 a day.
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Printer wants me to make sure the barcode is “100% black ink (K) on a white background”

This is what he wrote: Please change barcode so it is 100% black ink (K) on a white background. (A barcode can look black in the proof, but can be built as 5% Cyan, 5% Magenta, 5% Yellow, 85% K ...
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Arranging objects under master template objects in Adobe Indesign

I have set up an Adobe Indesign template and it is working perfectly okay except that I can't arrange page objects under the objects that come from the master template. I tried send it to back from ...
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Why do some, but not all, PNG files (with transparency) in InDesign documents have black borders?

When I put PNG images into an InDesign document, sometimes they have black borders on the exported PDF. Usually this doesn't seem to be a problem in print but in a recent proof, I did see some of the ...
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Resizing a .tiff file for print on 3M x 4M canvas

I have a .tiff file of an image, it is 17815 x 12426 px and is landscape. I need to print it 3 x 4 metres portrait, it's for a wall vinyl or canvas. The resolution is 500dpi. So if I try to resize it ...
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How should you design/set colors/export a document with 'equal' colors both on screen and print?

What's the best approach to create a document that is both suited for digital viewing (Monitor, iPhone, etc.) and for print? I'm creating some personal branding, which includes an invoice that will ...
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Does an invoice needs a front paper? [closed]

A little bit in followup with my previous topic, with a few discussions additionally. I'm stuck with something, which might be either personal or actually based on facts, but.. The thing is: Does ...
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Do I absolutely need a bleed for the interior of my book, if images cross over the edge of the pages?

This is the first time I've put images next to the edges of the pages in my books. I understand that that the printer may cut 1/16 inch off the pages, so that's why I let the images slightly overlap ...
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How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?

One issue I face personally is how can I, as a designer, effectively explain my work to potential clients or people that do not have a creative side. I know how to explain what software or process was ...
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Do I need a black stroke when saving white artwork for it to be able to print?

White vector graphic with black stroke, do I need this for printing? Otherwise artwork is white and artboard is white, any other ways to do this? This artwork will be silk screened on a T-Shirt ...
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Letter or A4: which is a more sensible default?

I have a document that recipients are expected (or are likely) to print on their own. It is not clear whether the majority of users will be US or non-US, so there isn't a clear preference for letter ...
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Halftone pattern within InDesign

One of QuarkXpress features I used a lot in the mid-nineties was the ability to apply an halftone pattern to any bitmap import. It was unbelievably effective when printing black&white graffiti ...
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How to print an image to specific physical dimensions on multiple pages

I have a personal project for which I have to print an image and I want it to have a printed size of 68x68cm. I only have an A4 printer. I know how to print an image on multiple pages, it's easy, but ...
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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects ...
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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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<Indesign 2014 CC> How to save a booklet to PDF

My problem is that I nowhere find how to SAVE a 200x200 booklet from 8 pages on a A3. I already know that you need to save it to a postscript file. The thing is I dont have a A3 printer at home so ...
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How do I print in multicolor from Adobe Pagemaker 7?

I'm working on a 4-page newsletter for my college, and the only publishing software I'm good with is Adobe Pagemaker. I've completed 2 pages already, and they look real good. But the problem I knew ...
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Can you design print material with the intent to use LC and LM?

When printing material that will include photos it is best to use Lc and Lm (Light Cyan and Light Magenta) to aid in the quality of the print. The description from Wiki says: CcMmYK, sometimes ...
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Photoshop/ Illustrator Printing help? [duplicate]

I need to print a name board that's over 282' x 95' and i've come across a few issues; 1) Illustrator doesn't allow you to go beyond 227 inches 2) Photoshop allows this but im a little concerned ...
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Large Format Printing viewed fairly close- suggestions?

Assume we are idiots- that may help! We have been asked to cover /wrap the inside of an exhibition trailer's walls (approx 8m length and 1.5m height) with the image/s of sky (above the clouds) . ...
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