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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I understand bleed and trim, but why is there another zone which isn't safe for text?

One thing makes sense to me: Current mass-printing techniques don't allow us to: Print to the page in perfect alignment Trim the page in perfect alignment. So that explains why we keep important ...
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Is there an affordable alternative Uncoated CMYK guide to Pantone's colour formula books?

Looking for a reliable CMYK uncoated colour guide book. Pantone is a little expensive (especially for design graduates), in my opinion. Is there an accurate alternative with a fairly large combination ...
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How to put a photo on a t-shirt using illustrator

Does anyone know how to put a photo onto a t-shirt (colour and black and white) without losing to much quality and how to get it ready to print and what printing methods would be needed. Eg. If i ...
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Suggestion on printing with a photo not large enough for Bleeding?

I come across a problem sometimes when preparing files for printing, there are photos just big enough to put in the final graphic output, but not big enough for the whole bleeding area: The photo ...
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How to preserve and reproduce lighting effects on print

I'm doing an LP cover with some lighting effects that looks great on screen. I really want to be sure to get this printed as nice as possible, so I'd like some advice on appropriate print specs for ...
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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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Setting solid black in Photoshop

I am trying to set a solid ( non 4 colour ) black in Photoshop. I am able to do this successfully; however if for instance I create a shape or a piece of text using my 100%K black all is well until I ...
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Found strange red duplicate of artwork in Illustrator file called “white underneath”. What is it?

This might be an error but i've got a feeling its something to do with preparing artwork for printing. I've received some packaging artwork from my client that i need to edit, it's made by a ...
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Apply MasterPage to even pages in QuarkXpress

I have created a new project with automatic text box (non facing pages) and have created a second master page that I would now like to apply to all even pages. InDesign has this option when I ...
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What software should I use to design a poster of IOT?

I want to design my own poster as shown in attached image. Which will mainly consist various IOT devices and village objects. Does anyone knows which software is used for designing such images? Hey ...
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Open Multiple Pages in Illustrator [duplicate]

I'm trying to open a catalog AI file with 32 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the AI file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?
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How would you print extremely small words (microprinting)

The Problem: I am working on a project and I wanted to add super fine print (words and graphics). When I say small I am not referring to 7pt type at 300dpi business card small. I am referring to ...
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Where can I get the specifications for my half-page magazine ad?

So I need to do a half-page magazine ad. I was going to make some different concepts using both Photoshop and Illustrator (I don't have much experience with InDesign so you folks that do it for a ...
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Print from acrobat pdf - print true cmyk values

I've created some graphics on Adobe Illustrator and have saved them as a pdf. Using Output preview/Object Inspector (from the dropdown Preview list) I can check that every object in the the graphics ...
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What resolution (ppi) should I use for printing in Illustrator?

I've created these flash cards in illustrator where the artboards measure 9 centimeters by 9 centimeters (that's about 3,5 X 3,5 inches for our American friends). Now when I export by artboards in ...
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What price should I charge for design services?

I was hoping I would find some people in the industry that could help me decide what's the best price to charge to design (in this case) business cards. What are standard prices for professional ...
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How to print a huge image as multiple tiles using Photoshop CS4 [duplicate]

I have a design in Photoshop CS4 that I want to print on multiple glossy sheets of paper to create a wall-sized image. Using the slice tool I cut it into 99 pieces, each of which I want to print on ...
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Has anyone charged a percentage on printing costs?

I have a client who wants me to handle the printing as well. is there an industry standard figure like 10 or 15% of the total print cost that i can bill to the client? or should i charge a fixed ...
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Can I print a specific page of a tiled document on Adobe InDesign CC?

I have a rather large (5 by 1 meters) banner and I'd like to see an specific section of it in real size. I know I can tile the document on the print dialog on InDesign to be able to print it in real ...
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How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
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Designing in proprotion for Flex Printing [duplicate]

I want to design a flex banner of (90 Feet X 4 Feet) @ 72dpi. But i cant open a work book of such size in Illustrator. Can you please guide me on how to design the banner using the idea of a sizing ...
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designing an ellipse shape from A4 papers, to create a linewith 3cm width to be followed by the following robot [duplicate]

I want to print an ellipse shape ( with two dimension a=1.5 meter and b=1 meter) on multi A4 papers, and then assemble all of these printed papers to get the real shape, with line width 3 cm, my ...
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Using lower res (72 dpi) image for basis of booklet cover [closed]

I know it is normally not practical to use a 72 dpi photo for a print publication. Still, there is a photo that we really want to use as the cover of an annual report. I know it doesn't need to be the ...
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How can I decrease PDF's margin while printing?

I have an e-book (for A4 size-portrait) with border and margin of about 2 cm. Since the fonts are a bit big, I want to print two pages on same side of A4 paper (in landscape) and zoom a bit by ...
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Large Format Photograph Printing

I've got a client who wants me to create a large format banner to go hang at the rear of his property. The bulk of this banner is a photograph of his shop, with some text at the top. For the ...
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What is a way to print a design onto coffe cup lids?

Considering the plastic that coffee cup lids are made from what would be the best quality way to print onto that, that wouldn't transfer of rub off?
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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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Canvas settings for larger designs in photoshop [closed]

From the past few weeks, I have been learning basics about Photoshop because i have an assignment which i need to create in Photoshop. I have to create a big banner of size 360 x 160 cm which will ...
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Illustrator Design Not Printing Correctly

I mostly work with digital design. Recently I decided to get a few of my poster designs printed for my own collection. I used a professional printing company to order the prints and send them the ...
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Printing in CMYK

I've designed my first business card and I'm trying to print it via Moo. I designed the card in Photoshop in RGB and Moo is requiring me to save in CMYK. CMYK does not support the colors I've chosen ...
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What are some efficient design strategies when working with a constant flow of clients?

Hi I am working as the main graphic designer / printer in a sign shop. We have a constant flow of work which is non stop. The pressure fluctuates but is pretty constant. I would like to hear if ...
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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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printing, drawing over it then scanning it back in

I have drawn a pattern on the computer and then printed it out on A4. I would like to go over it using black pen, can I do this and then scan the finished piece into the computer while maintaining ...
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How much should be the bleed area for a banner?

How much bleed area should I keep for a banner size of 760*1200 mm in Corel Draw or Illustrator any of the two or both?
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Photos are grainy when imported in illustrator?

So I got some raw pictures from a client for some business cards, they all look grainy when imported to illustrator I tried to edit the pictures and export them to JPG, but they still look grainy in ...
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How small font sizes and details can I print in a risograph?

How small font sizes and details can I print in a risograph? Does it matter which model of riso machine it is? How much difference does the coarseness of the paper do? (A print test scanned with ...
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Which file format is best for printing? [closed]

What would be the best image format for printing images or designs created with Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator or to print images form a digital camera? If I have the option of exporting different ...
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Printing a consistent grey: is that still a challenge with comic books?

In a documentary on the American TV series The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982, dir. K. Johnson, with Messrs. Bixby, Ferrigno etc.), the producer/director explains that he tried to petition Stan Lee to ...
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CorelDraw range of page numbering

How can I set auto page numbering in CorelDraw. I know there is some macro to do this. But how do I do it for range of pages. Say I do not need page numbering for a Brochure cover and back pages. ...
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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 convert Pantone 7C to TPX?

How do I convert Pantone 7C (Cool Gray) to TPX? Is C a color international standard for print graphics?
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How to prepare a spot varnish; does it need to have trapping if there's a gloss and matte one?

On a project that has a selective varnish, the print-ready file usually needs to be prepared separately in one spot color, a bit like a dieline. Only the area where the varnish will be printed should ...
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Gradient not printing correctly in InDesign

I'm creating a flyer in InDesign CS5. I have an object at the top with a gradient fill and text over the object. I tried to do a test print of the flyer, and the gradient isn't printing ...
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Printing on Plastic - How is this being done?

Can someone here tell me how the images are being printed on plastic? Example: Source: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/PlayStation-4-HDD-Cases-MGSV-Ground-Zeroes.jpg ...
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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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How should I set up dielines so that they are not printed?

I just want to add that white lines on the project but I don't want that line to be visible on the printed element. How can I do that? I want output project in CMYK. I have Illustrator CS6 and ...
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What resolution to use for large aluminum print?

There seems to be a fair amount of controversy on this topic, however, I am planning on printing a 30x30" 3D design on aluminum, and I can't decide if 300 or 600dpi would work best. Or even higher. ...
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Printing a PDF page in A0 poster

I have a poster that I want to print in A0 size. For technical reasons, the output PDF file unfortunately is currently not in A0 size. How can I print this poster in A0? Should I first convert it to ...
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What does my printer mean when he says '$1.50 for a 30" running edge'?

We are printing some photos to be mounted for the office and I am assuming it has something to do with the photos being printed on rolls instead of sheets? This was his reply when we asked for his ...