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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Can I fill a ink cartridge with any type of ink? Even valuable ink?

I have a project that requires the use of really valuable ink - particularly GOLD ink (made with real gold and a water based adhesive - very fine and smooth in texture), in order to get a near perfect ...
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Why does this poster look off, like it's lacking something to focus on?

I'm new at graphic design so any help would be very appreciated. Higher-up didn't provide that much info to work with, which is why it looks sparse, but I keep looking at it and feeling like it is ...
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Double sided letterhead design with heavy ink coverage on the reverse

I have a question for seasoned graphic designers. I'm designing a logo and a stationary including the letterhead. The back of the letterhead uses a very dark background. The question is, is it risky ...
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What DPI/PPI should a 4 by 6 meter outdoor billboard be designed at? [duplicate]

I'm creating a 4 x 6 meter (~13 x 20 feet) outdoor billboard advertisement that includes an image and vector logo (rasterized) in Photoshop. I was working using a smaller size for design purposes, but ...
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Image Discolouration when printed in Microsoft Word

I have an image which was created in Adobe Photoshop and is being inserted into a Word Document. The document contains a rectangle with a coloured fill which the image sits on top of. The same RGB ...
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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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Printing with Heidelberg CMYK Explained

I need to print a brochure on a CMYK heidelberg CPC printing machine. The design house has asked me this: "We'll need to know that/if you are using a specific profile for uncoated paper. Right now ...
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Do I need full 300dpi resolution photos for designing a poster?

I'm working on a poster for a local event. It has a photograph in the background. The poster itself is designed to be 11x17, which at 300dpi is about 3300x5100. Now the photo in the background does ...
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Is there a standard “magazine” size for printing?

I'm thinking of printing a informational project in magazine size, however I have a hard time finding what the standard size for magazines is? There is no default size for this in InDesign and from ...
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What is the printing process of gold letter stationaries?

I've been interested in designing stationaries, such as cards, envelopes, etc. I've seen many gold lettered stationaries, and am wondering how to print gold (luminescence) lettering.
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Is it possible to have Thick white ink for printers?

Is the White ink that is available in the market are all transparent ink? I want a a opaque (thick) white ink for printing. is that possible?
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Leaflet fold where full-page spread is the last thing seen?

Is there a type of fold for one-sheet flyers where the last thing a reader reaches while working through it in a natural way is a full-page spread, and where sections of that full page spread are not ...
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How to specify a repeating pattern for textile printing

I've tried searching for an answer to this, but I have no idea what terms to even search for. I'm creating the artwork for a repeating pattern that is going to be printed on a large quantity of ...
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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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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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How can I prepare lots of code to be printed on a long scroll?

What I'm trying to do: I have lots of software code that I need to print on a long scroll. The scroll will be no more than 440mm wide and as long as it needs to be (with a maximum of 45m). The ...
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How to optimize the packing of multiple shapes inside a page for print

Is there a tool inside or outside of Adobe Illustrator which packs custom shapes inside an (say) A4 page? This would be an optimization for printing the same element multiple times on the same page. ...
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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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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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What are my options for gallery-quality prints of digital artwork?

I have some traditional media artwork that I'd like to scan and then have printed to be shown in an art show. I'll be doing the scanning. Where do I go to get this done? (What is the generic name ...
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Problem printing PDF from Freehand-10 via Acrobat X

When I go to print a pdf file with "Adobe PDF printer", I get the following error: cannot complete command because read or write access has been denied. This very strange error only appears if I ...
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What does 'maximum halftone value' mean?

Can you help me get a better understanding of what "halftone value" means, please? I tried looking up idioms, looked at the dictionary, and a lot of other tools. I am not a native English speaker. ...
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Black and white printing

I have some problems printing rich black, and I´ve spent days trying to find a solution on the internet, but there is just too much information... I´d happily spend weeks and months learning all about ...
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Creating a molecular cloud in Photoshop

I'm currently teaching myself design and have been asked to create a molecular cloud similar to that in the attached image. I'm seeking advice on how one might obtain a similar result/effect in ...
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Inept knowledge about dpi and ppi,please help?

I have designed a web header 1000x98 at 72 ppi using Macromedia Fireworks for our website and we are planning to print a billboard using that header? The printer has told us that he needs the image ...
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Is it possible to have a page with a transparent background?

One of my pages has a single image taking up some space on the page. The rest of the space (the space not occupied by the image), should be transparent: that is, whenever I send it to the printing ...
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Is 4-color process printing (CMYK) more or less expensive than using 4 spot colors?

Is there much of a cost difference between the two?
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Life size image in Photoshop

I've noticed that Photoshop makes my image size, specified in inches, smaller than it really is. Approximately 1 inch both in height and width. Since this is an approximation and not exact, and ...
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Origin of the color red in early typography?

A lot of (early) printing is done in black and red. The red is mostly used as accent color. What is the origin of this red? Does is have a name and/or specification? Image source: Museum Meermanno ...
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Identifying printing quality issues

I have just received some business cards that I ordered to a local copy shop (not a printing house). The result is acceptable, but it doesn't look very professional. It is 87x54.5 mm, while the ...
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Insert a variable on many pages in Adobe InDesign to fill in when printing PDF

I have a "Name" field on many worksheet pages which I want automatically filled in with a particular student's name when printing. I know in InDesign I can just create a master page that those ...
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Why are there unwanted white lines appearing in a PDF print proof?

I designed a christmas card and I normally print it on vista print. When I ask for a print proof the outlines show. They don't show when I print it at home. Why are there unwanted white lines ...
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What term is used to refer to cut vinyl stickers?

I'm looking to have a decently sized run (anywhere from 100-1000, depending on cost) of stickers made using my company's logo. My standard sources for vinyl stickers don't seem to have options for cut ...
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What type of paper should I use for print outs for a physical portfolio?

I'm creating a physical portfolio for an interview. I've bought a portfolio binder/case. I was wondering on what kind of paper should I take the print outs of my work? For example, would it be fine if ...
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Problem converting color from RGB to CMYK for print

I designed a poster in CorelDraw X5 for printing purposes. I was told by the Printshop guy to use colors only in CMYK. For the most part I did, I don't know why I missed it but I used one color in RGB ...
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Should I provide a dieline around a package design?

I designed a package for a client. I did the design under a dieline. This means that there are still red lines around the design. Should I send this file to my client or should I clear the dieline ...
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How do people measure the quality of offset printing?

I would need to measure the quality of a printed material in an offset printing procedure. There is any kind of points per square inch or something similar? I cannot find any kind of information ...
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Saving a document in photoshop CMYK turns SOME black into gray

I am creating a rather big photoshop document 3000x3000 which i want to print. I thought i took all the precautions: CMYK color mode 300ppi save as pdf and so on Still when i save the picture as pdf ...
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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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Make printed out messages look good

I really have no idea with graphic design, but I was just wondering. Comic sans is a very popular font for home-made signs to print out and tape to a door or something: Sadly, it looks terrible ...
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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I'm currently working on versions of a logo that has some gradients. CMYK looks fine but I'm getting poor results with PMS. I would normally fix this by building a mixed ink in Indesign but it doesn't ...
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What is the name of the design technique based on dots?

I am searching for more information and resources about a technique I really like: unfortunately, I don't know its name. It is based on a layout in which everything is drawn with dots of several ...
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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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Iphone photograph resolution suitable for 12" album cover?

I'm hoping to use an image taken with an iPhone camera for a 12" vinyl record cover. The image is an uncompressed TIFF, taken with the iPhone 5s 8mp camera at 3264×2448, using the 645 Pro app for an ...
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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 ...
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Pairing a font with a tahoma as display font

For branding matters, I need to use tahoma as a display font (for all headlines). I know, I know, it's a body text font meant only for screens: I don't really have a choice there. I am having a hard ...
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Exporting to High Quality Print InDesign - preserving all fonts/text - Create Outlines?

I'm just about to export a brochure for printing in InDesign (CS4) What is the correct way to export the document so that the fonts used throughout will display properly at the printers. I have used ...
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Need a neat way to show availabity (e.g. working hours)

I need to show service availability for a service catalogue I am putting together. I want to do this as economically (in terms of real estate) as possible. For example, a service may be available: ...
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What's the best way to create custom grid lines in Photoshop?

Is there a way to quickly define a baseline grid on photoshop using the guides tool? For example, if I want to create a 24px vertical rhythm, can I do this quickly on PS?
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What's the best way to print a mostly black 8.5“ x 11” page?

I'm making a brochure for my company, and I went with white text on a black background since it looks the best. There's also a picture, so color is required. At any rate, after a few test prints of ...