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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What is a “cromalin”?

I've been asked by a client to design a full page advertisement for a catalog. The specs I received mention that beside a PDF of the page we should also supply "imperatively a cromalin: Without a ...
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How to prepare an image / graphic file to be printed or embroidered on clothing and garments?

I recently created some graphics with Adobe Illustrator, saved them as PDFs and sent them to a printing company for a quote for part embroidery, part screen print on clothing. The quote came back ...
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What size document to create for poster that will be printed at 36w X 24w inches? [duplicate]

I'm doing a freelance job for someone but I'm not familiar with large scale printing. They want to send it to a printer who will print it at 36x24 inches. I'm hoping I don't need to make my file that ...
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What are some ways to spice up boring designs?

I'm looking for what you guys might have in your "bag of tricks", meaning design elements you use frequently, such as interesting shapes, lines, textures, all that sort of stuff that you use to spice ...
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How to create a very big photo (like for a billboard) [duplicate]

So I'm designing a CD cover for my friends band. And I will have to use a photo of them for that cover. How am I supposed to create it so that it won't pixelize if they want to use that for a big ...
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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 prepare a design for CMYK printing?

This was asked in another thread. When I searched to see if this question has been asked before it was not. Per Meta we are encouraged to create threads that show quality solutions or to future ...
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Brand Identity Printing

Does a freelance graphic designer send a brand identity project to a printing company or is that the clients job?
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Simplest set of inks that could print the RGB gamut?

Artist Tauba Auberbach produced this recently: It's called RGB Colourspace Atlas, and is a physical, printed book of what it implies is the whole RGB colour space. Is there an existing ...
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What aspects of this diagram should I change to make it suitable as a modern cover image of a textbook? [closed]

I want to use the following diagram on the cover image of a textbook: What aspects should I change to make it more suitable for this purpose? How can I make it look more modern? Should I add some ...
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What are the dimensions for a standard mug design? [duplicate]

I am wanting to create a nice design in Photoshop and print it on a mug. The printing will be done by a printing company, but I am gonna need to provide the design. The question is: What are the ...
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How do I create a billboard that is larger than Indesign CS5's maximum document size?

I am making a billboard with this dimensions : 2.19m x 6.09m However, indesign's maximum document size is 5486.4 mm (5.48m) How do I increase this document size or is the another way to handle this ...
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How to distort artwork for printing on a cup?

I need to print using my regular office printer a design I have already made to wrap around to the shown here under mug. As you may notice that the circumference of the top part is wider than the ...
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Why is it called branding 'collateral'

I use the term from time to time and i just cant get my head around it why is it called branding 'collateral' - in my mind collateral is something you put up as a security, usually in conjunction to a ...
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Tile stitch together hundreds of vector files

I need to generate large-scale print of audio waveform. I still do not have exact dimensions of final print, but it should be around 5-7 meters long "one-off" print. So far I've been able decode ...
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Certain Printing Specifications for Folding

I want to be able to print on tabloid paper then fold it like a booklet but with a spine. So essentially it would have two folds so that it somewhat represents a spine. I would also want to have it ...
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How to preview image in monitor

I found this nice looking image: I have a simple php web site that I also would like to preview in monitor. Is there any tool or wen site that can auto generate this image?
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Portrait Photograph, How do I get this

I am trying to achieve the runny ink look below on a portrait of a girl I took yesterday. At first I thought this look was the result of an error in the development process, but seeing other versions ...
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How to ensure scalability of logo design?

How can I make my logo suitable for all purposes, from webpages to very large printed banners? I currently use use Photoshop.
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What is this style, a grid of varying dots, called?

What is this style called? I want to recreate this effect on a photo myself. Also, does anyone have tips on how to accomplish this?
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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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Confused about the real resolution size and dpi for wall sticker printing using photoshop [duplicate]

i am quite newbie in graphic design. As beginner, this is the first time assigned with a task to print out a wall sticker design. The wall design size in real should be 106" x 128". Since i am using ...
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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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Best way to export a vector logo from Illustrator to Photoshop for printing?

I have a vector logo (eps-file) that needs to be exported to an A4-flyer created in Photoshop for printing (as a PDF). What is the best way to export the logo to Photoshop at the appropriate size ...
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Two-sided printing: exact positioning?

I have designed some fancy cards (80mm x 48mm), and I would like to print them on both sides of a sheet of paper now (5x2 per A4 sheet). Naturally, both sides of the print need to coincide exactly. ...
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How would I go about printing on plastic lids?

How would I go about printing my own branding on black PET plastic lids, like in the picture? How is that achieved and what type of printing is that?
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Print ready billboard design example

I made one simple example of print ready billboard design (4m x 3m) and I have some questions about it. 1.) In this example I used .jpg picture 7644x5000 and 96 dpi. I learned that for billboard in ...
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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 ...
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Which Photoshop features are affected by different DPI or PPI tags?

A Photoshop document‘s physical size, pixel density (DPI/PPI) and pixel dimensions are all linked. Bitmap images contain bitmap data, which are a specific size (pixel dimensions). They also contain a ...
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Charging an Intellectual Property transfer fee for design work

So, you've finished a design job (eg. a logo design) and the client asks for your IP surrounding the logo, eg copyright, original artwork files, notes, sketches, all of that stuff that went into ...
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Adobe photoshop: Low DPI in color images but good in black and white

I have problem with printing from Adobe photoshop. When I try to print some colour or grayscale image, the DPI on the paper is very bad, but when I convert the same image into black & white mode, ...
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How do I make heavy text readable without multiple columns or a high page count?

I went over this subject two times with my boss before, to please him with the company's proposals document, to be sent out to clients, and now I'm at square 1 again. The first layout had the ...
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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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How to export a Magazine Document into a PDF for PRINTING?

I know how to export an indesign document into a PDF document, but I want to make sure it is the right format for printing. I've heard about something called Booklet? Thannk you for your answer! ...
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Finding Illustrator CC Color Swatches Being used

I'm going crazy over this one. I have been trying to locate color swatches being used in a Illustrator CC file. Through this process of elimination I have tried multiple search and locate options. ...
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Should I get poster printing for higher resolution than 5400 x 3600 for 36“ x 24”?

The highest "common" resolution I've seen for printing a poster is 5400 x 3600 for the reasonable price of (~$15), but I have the ability to make the images I want to print (procedurally generated) as ...
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paper print design on photoshop

I am looking for some tutorial for this kind of graphic design - I don't know what to call this, but the logo is looking like it is printed on paper does anyone know how this is done ?
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Illustrator and CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors?

Should Illustrator be set to CMYK or RGB mode when using Pantone colors? Thanks in advance!
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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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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 ...