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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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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is there a way to ad hyperlinks in a illustrator document?

I am creating a CV in illustrator and exporting it to a PDF. I just read an article which stated that it is a good idea that we use hyperlinks in the CV so that the employer can just click and not ...
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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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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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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 ...
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What special requirements need to be considered for outdoor banners?

I am wondering where to even begin to find a place that could print something durable like a 13' x 30' banner to go on the side of a building. Is this even possible? Is a vinyl banner the best option? ...
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Will 300 dpi (non-vector) result in blurry artwork for screen printing?

I created a .psd artwork on a t-shirt that has several "sponsor logos" on it sized at around 1x1inch each. I created the file at actual size with 300dpi. I then got an email back from the printer ...
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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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Creating grids for documents

I really love grids and guides. I tend to follow and break them at cases to create visual interest. I'm trying to create grids for a 8.5" x 11" document. What must one look for when creating ...
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Are there any extra measures when designing a translucent business card?

My client needs a translucent business and this is the first time I am going to do create a design that's going to be printed on translucent plastic material. I am a bit worried about how the design ...
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how to print saddle stitch booklet from a Indesign book file?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to print saddle stitch booklet from Book File? I know how to do it from normal Indesign file. However, book file is different since there are so many different ...
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Should I use a company's letterhead on all of their files?

I'm doing some design work for a company. I did a letterhead for them a while ago, and now I'm designing some forms that they will be providing to clientele to fill out. These are forms that will be ...
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Can I use images / poster from a movie in a flyer to promote a Movie Night?

A client has permission to show movies in a big screen for the public (nonprofit). I was asked to design a flyer to promote the showing. They want me to show the movie poster and make flyers with the ...
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What should a designer consider when deciding on the print size of promotional materials?

When it comes to creating printed promotional materials such as leaflets, brochures and any other print design medium, what should the person deciding on the size consider, and why? The few ...
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Method for batch layout of images into PDF sheets

I have 100,000 identically-sized, but unique, PNG/JPG images which I want to automatically layout onto A4 sheets which can then be exported as print-ready PDFs. So assuming I can fit 8 of these ...
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How to create a PDF which has a background that does not print

Is there a way to create a PDF file that shows a background color or image when viewed in Acrobat Reader, but when printed that background does not get printed by default? Ideally, this would happen ...
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Designing forms for printing in InDesign

I have to make a lot of forms in InDesign. Not interactive forms, just forms that need to be printed. It's really a pain making all the checkboxes, radio buttons, lines and text fields and ensuring ...
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Making extremely large screenshots

Hello fellow designers. I have to make a banner promoting a mobile application. The banner size is 80x200 cm. So, normal screenshots of the application screens will be too small. There are too many ...
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Paper format of Springer LNCS

I found the paper format of Lecture Notes in Computer Science proceedings issued by Springer very nice. I tried to find out what is it, but I wasn't able to find it in Wiki list of paper sizes. The ...
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Colouring illustrations - RGB or CMYK?

I am in the process of colouring a series of hand-drawn illustrations in Photoshop using a graphics tablet. The colouring process takes place mostly using Photoshop's native drawing tools - the ...
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Printer Resolution

The Windows 7 printer preferences dialogue box tells me: Print pixels: 1416 x 2152 dots Does this mean that I should always provide an image of 1416 x 2152 pixels to achieve max quality? How is DPI ...
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What should I keep in mind when designing a metallic duotone?

I'm working on a piece in process black (or possibly PMS black 7) and silver (metallic PMS to be defined) and want to include a photograph as a duotone. I've read around about metallic inks not ...
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Tri-fold Brochure in Indesign - How do you handle fold lines?

How do people handle margins and gutters when designing a tri-fold brochure in InDesign? When a brochure is folded in three, the inside flap ends up being smaller than the other two flaps, so if I ...
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Standard Event Poster Size (North America)

I'm designing my first poster for a promoter for a local bar and.. well.. I don't know what size to make the poster! What is the standard size for an event poster (such as one for a band) in North ...
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How to integrate a larger cut-out group of people in a design

Is there a good strategy to integrate a larger cut-out group of people (e.g. orchestra, band, conferences, team, etc.) in a print designs (cover page, poster)? Many designs use images that keep the ...
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What's the best way to make a pdf book cover for Create Space?

I downloaded a paper back book cover template from Create Space and loaded it up into Inkscape (and used GIMP to crop the background images to fit the template). What steps should I take, and what ...
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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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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 ...
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What tools can I use to create Fractal Art?

There are many fractal generation softwares such as the free Xaos and Fractal Architect 2. I normally use Mathematica to generate fractals and process them later with editing tool but this time have ...
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What's the term for CMYK ink proof/tests that are printed on inconspicuous places of packaging, newspapers, etc?

I'm looking to place the color proof/test somewhere on the printable area of a box. The problem is that I don't know what they are called and where to get information about them (pattern, template, ...
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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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How can I create a letterhead template that doesn't break our company branding guidelines?

I'm a director of a nonprofit, and I've been working on a letterhead for my group that we can use. Nearly a decade ago, we had an actual graphic designer draw up a branding guide for us that we try ...
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Creating large-scale high-resolution documents in Photoshop

I am a student trying to create collages in Photoshop sized* 4' x 4' and larger, resolution 300dpi, to be digitally printed on cotton canvas and silk. The enormous file size causes my iMac to lag or ...
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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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How to upload my new font?

I have used Microsoft Paint to tweak a Gentium Book Type to suit my own publishing needs for a public domain esperanto Bible. I wish to print this on real paper and publish on the web. I was ...
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Do I have to create vector files at the correct print size?

I had to create an 800mm x 2000mm print and so I started by actually creating a 800mm x 2000mm file in Illustrator. The file contained only vectors so my question is: Can I create my file size ...
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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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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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Should I turn the text on my poster to outlines before I print?

What would be the best practice for printing text based work from Illustrator, such as a poster? This is aimed at the final print quality of my workk. I am creating an advertisement which will be ...
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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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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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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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What are some good fonts to use for bullet characters?

I'm designing a manual with the font Akzidenz Grotesk as the main body font. I am looking for some nice bullet characters but what are some fonts that provide good bullet characters?
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What is Pantone Cyan used for?

What is the difference between cyan and Pantone Cyan Special Color?
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Is cheap two-colour printing possible at all?

Every now and then I am called on to design a booklet of some sort (reader, dissertation, etc), and I am always tempted to use color for subtle highlights until I am reminded of the difference between ...