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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Overprint on metal containers or plastic tubes

I am submitting art to be offset printed on aerosol cans and plastic tubes. It uses 2 PMS colours. One plate is a 100% flood. The other one is a linear gradient from 0% to 100%. The gradient is to be ...
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Grey is printing out grainy

I've noticed in a couple of pieces of my artwork that when I get them back from the printers the solid blocks of grey come out grainy. All my other colours come out fine. I'm using a grey that is ...
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Pre-Flight Software

I recently started a job with a monthly publication. I wanted to know what the options for pre-flight software are. I know of Acrobat, but it has been questionable at times, in terms of pointing of ...
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back lit banner DPI question [duplicate]

I need to have a banner printed for a back lit header on a shelving unit in a retail store with the following dimensions 2’-11" x 1’-0", how many DPI would you recommend printing at? Thanks in ...
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How to ensure high print quality / fidelity when sending artwork to a print house?

I'm a web guy trying to be a print guy. Help. I'm pretty OK with Illustrator, but setting up a vector to get printed - they rarely ever look as crisp and clear as I expect them too. I followed the ...
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How would I go about printing on plastic sheets?

I have a laser printer, and I wish to print onto plastic sheets for creating boxes to hold playing cards. How would one go about the printing process, or is it even possible? What plastic should I ...
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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 to export an InDesign file to PDF that is going to be spiral bound

Ok so I designed a 106 page cookbook that is going to be spiral bounded. I created my InDesign document with a 3mm bleed and facing pages. On some pages there is an image that is stretched between ...
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Using slice tool on an entire artboard

I'm trying to make a 4 panel graphic presentation for one of those table-top convention displays so I made a new file with the right resolutions, bleeds etc set. I also made it 4 artboards in 4 ...
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Setting an Illustrator file to 120ppi

So I need to make some panels for one of those 4-panel stand-up convention displays and the template specs they gave me are clear about the bleed/trim and basic stuff, but it says "Resolution must be ...
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question about color printing on plastic bottle

Hello to all the graphic design professionals out there, I was wondering if you could share your experience on color printing on plastic bottles. (like this material) I am struggling because I ...
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Not so sticky vinyl for branding

I hope this is the right place. Tried Area52 for "printing" but that site is not launched yet. I have a "non sticky" situation where I need to be able to stick a model number down of a product to ...
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What is a good inkjet printer for printing very good quality text

I am a graphic designer and I am looking at buying a new inkjet printer. My old Canon Mp630 died last week. I know there are better brands for printing better quality text. I can't remember what they ...
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Best printer for greeting cards that won't fade? [duplicate]

I'm so stuck and can't find an answer anywhere! Which printer is the best for printing greeting cards and stationery? I don't want to outsource as I'd like full control over colours, fonts etc. So a ...
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What type of printer do you recommend for printing greeting cards?

I a working on a number of projects that I will design and frame along with a bunch of greeting cards. What is the best printer to buy for printing greeting cards? I was looking at the Epson Stylus ...
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Points vs. Pixels and Saving as .png

I am a beginner level graphic designer using primarily GIMP, but getting into PScc. For now, I'm creating primarily for print on demand products (you know the stuff), but I'm working at learning how ...
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How do I define the print size of an InDesign document that has “Intent: Web”?

I have a 70-page InDesign document - a product catalog - that has been made with "Intent: Web" and dimensions 1600 x 900 pixels. The main target for the document is screen, but we do also want to ...
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Converting CasMate Pro files to a vector format, workaround

I have a number of vectorial files that were created eons ago with a software called CasMate Pro(above) for the purpose of cutting those vectors with vinyl cutters. I googled a bit and I found out ...
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Why are two different CMYK colors printed equally?

With Inkscape, I drew two rectangles, one with CYMK 20/100/0/0 and the other with 2/56/0/43. Since those two colors are different in the CMYK color space, I expected them to print in different colors. ...
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Should I upconvert low-res images to 300dpi for printing?

I'm having a custom deck of cards printed using images of varying resolutions. The card printer asks that all images be at 300dpi, the industry standard for printing. Certain images that I've uploaded ...
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How To Ask Fellow Designer For Native Files For Prepress Purposes Only?

I am the graphic designer and sole prepress person for a small quick print shop. I often come across issues with a file to be printed and cannot make the needed changes or compensations as they arise ...
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Critique this map with many labeled points. Is there a better way to do this?

This is the centerfold map in a booklet printed for the homeless. The numbers represent the page number that the information on each service provider is also found. We are limited to black and green ...
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How do i get Quality Printout Settings

how can i get a sharp and quality print with the right color settings? i use a windows version of Photoshop cs 6 but, i get my colors looking nice on the laptop but after print, the colors either ...
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Creating Graphical Illustrations of Technical Products / Services

I need to create easily-editable illustrations which contain: Custom stuff: Typography, boxes, arrows, lines (preferably with custom styling, 3D, flat, gradients, etc) I would also like them to be ...
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What is the use of registration black in the InDesign swatches palette?

InDesign displays [registration], 100% of each ink colour, as a swatch in the swatches palette. It's impossible to remove the swatch. Why is this? I have never had the need to actually use ...
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Image resize for printing

Can I resize an image with 21cm x 42cm and 1200 DPIs to 24cm x 48cm and 400 DPIs without quality loss? The reason being is that my scanner max size is 21cm x 42cm and 1200 DPIs. And I need to make an ...
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What requirements are there for a valid US postcard?

When designing postcards meant to be sent with the US Postal Service, what requirements to we need to keep in mind when working on the design? Which areas are we free to use for designs, and which ...
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Where did the term “Spot color” originate?

In commercial printing, "spot colors" refers to specialized ink mixes to create a predetermined color. Pantone, Toyo, and others are brands of inks which specialize in the sale of "spot color" inks. ...
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PDF artwork for large posters - filesize issues?

I am designing large posters for print...A2 size and bigger. I create my photoshop file as 594 x 420 mm, drag a jpeg image which 7.6MB onto the canvas, enlarge it to fit canvas, then drop a logo onto ...
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Do export settings have a visual impact on printed gradients? (InDesign)

My coworker and I are currently struggling with a gradient on the cover of a booklet. We have gone through all the fiery print settings for gradients and re calibrated the printers gradient adjustment ...
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Dimensions for manual cover & spine. I have them in inches

I have a front and back manual 11" X 10" and the spine is 11" X 1 5/8ths" inches I'm thinking 600 dpi? Does anyone know then what I say is the size I need? I would appreciate it. Would it different ...
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Using Photoshop to create a magazine

My question: Can I create a magazine exclusively using Photoshop? My understanding: It should simply be a case of using CMYK and an adequately high resolution. Other software: InDesign is pretty ...
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Transparency issue in PDF [High Quality Print]

I'm about to send some artwork to print and noticed on the logo which has some transparency, displays a faint outline around each triangle. The artwork was designed in Illustrator CS5 (CMYK), saved ...
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Designing a document for A4 paper size printing issues

I am designing a document in Fireworks using a canvas size of 1000 pixels by 1294 pixels, which is in perfect proportion of the standard A4 paper size. I have finished all the designs, the way I want ...
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How do I get the client to see his files (PDF) the same colours as it will print?

I am a self taught graphic designer and do a lot of design for print. I usually design in CMYK when end product is print. I rarely meet with clients and the way I approve artwork is by sending an ...
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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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Is a colon needed after a (sub)heading when the latter has it's own formatting

I tried checking style guides and online articles but couldn't find any reference to the following: When the heading or subheading looks visually different from the body text (either font-size, ...
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What is a simple program for beginners in graphic design?

I am considering a summer job in a camp, but...part of the job description is to make signs, announcing events/trips etc. This is well within my ability to do; but I'm not sure where to start. I am ...
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How set my Illustrator document to be 150 dpi?

I am creating something for print that will be 160.472"w x 89.764"h. I'm not sure where to set these dimensions in Illustrator and set the dpi.
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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall sized graphics and large banners (e.g 3m x 5m), what is an acceptable PPI for print. As i understand it 300 PPI is the typical for 'small' artworks (esp. for clean text resolution), however ...
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Big Banner for Printing [duplicate]

I have been asked by my college to design a banner for print, this is going to help promote the course we are on etc. The print size is 500cm x 250cm. I was going to do this in Photoshop with the ...
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Creating a great color palette [duplicate]

For a design assignment, I'm looking for a color that goes nicely with #a31366. The problem is that it's a kind of purple/pink that I've never worked with, so I am bummed out at finding what the best ...
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How can I prepare a magazine file for print?

I have some questions about preparing the final magazine file for print. I'm making a magazine in InDesign CC and I need it to make using ISO coated v2 ECI. Every picture in magazine before I place it ...
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What is the easiest way to make the background transparent in this image?

Hello. I am a volunteer coach for my 7 year old daughter's soccer team. I want to make a coach's shirt with a logo on it and use the image below. I do this myself typically and do the iron on ...
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What are the frequently used post-press processes in modern digital printing, to name a few?

I'm looking for alternatives to traditional printing processes to strengthen the physical aspects of digitally printed items. it seems with certain systems such as NEXPRESS Press Platform it's ...
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printing with metallic ink on uncoated stock

Is it possible to print using pantone 877u on uncoated stock and varnish the area, in a way to achieve the effect of pantone 877c?
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Why RGB98 printing from photoshop and PDF makes different results?

I am having a printing issue between photoshop and print from PDF. in Photoshop, I print a RGB file with the Adobe RGB (98) profile I tried to make a PDF file from Photoshop with the same ...
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How do I print my book using Indesign cs6 and have the pages come out in the right order?

I am trying to print my 4" x 6" book from InDesign CS6 to my home printer. The book has about 100 pages, a perfect bound book with a few front pages and a table of contents. I want to print the pages ...