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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Where do the various international business card sizes come from?

According to the Wikipedia entry on "Business Cards", various countries employ several standard business card sizes. US/Canada use 3.5 x 2in, UK uses 85 x 55mm, ect. Apparantly, the following ...
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Text background stands out when printing. What you see on screen is not what you get from the printer

Please can you advise me ? I made posters in Inkscape, being equations on coloured backgrounds. I blurred the equations because I think it looks "artistic" :) I then saved the Inkscape .svg files to ...
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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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Maximum CMYK sum value for colors when printing?

I have a lot of dark brown in my artwork designed in photoshop, which is C73-M62-Y98-K73. Does it matter that the sum is over 300%? Should I be limiting my colours to a certain percentage?
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How do Pantone coated and uncoated colors relate?

I need some help understanding the relationship between coated and uncoated Pantone colors. From what I've read online, the coated formula (say 200 C) is for printing on coated (glossy) stock, and ...
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Printed Uncoated PMS on Coated Stock

I done my artwork on the uncoated PMS colours as I originally planned to print it on uncoated stock. We ended up changing the stock and there was the forgetfulness of one person to not change the PMS ...
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Why do newspapers use multiple columns?

This might not be the right place to ask, but I was wondering why newspapers use multiple columns? Does it take up less space, or is there a visual reason?
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Printing From Indesign

Does printing from In-design directly makes the colors any better in resolution than exporting to Pdf and then printing?
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Why do professional print houses use gamut-limiting CMYK?

I recently had some business cards printed, and was warned to use the CMYK colour space if providing TIF files. When I tried saving from Paint Shop Pro to a CMYK, of course the colours came out very ...
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How can I have prints with white ink?

Say, I have a small business card that has solid, dark background and white text. Registration, ink amount and look & feel -wise I'd prefer the paper itself be dark and the text printed in one ...
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Printing White Text On Red Paper [duplicate]

I'm not a graphic designer by a long shot but I'm printing my resume and cover letter, and have come up with a first page that is completely red with my name in white at the top right, and an ...
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Print long webpages with Sketch [closed]

I'd like to print a very long webpage I designed on Sketch. But after I export the artboard as PDF and print it, the whole page fits into one A4, making it impossible to read. Is there a way to ...
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Jargon: What do company ad departments call the vector files?

As someone laying out an event program or the like for an amateur production, I need to call the sponsors and ask for the print-layout material for their ads. I'm getting second hand scans from ...
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Designing a HUGE Shop Window Wrap

I have been asked to design a huge shop window wrap. The exact dimensions are 16640mm x 2400mm (yes thats 16m!). As a spec the printers have recommended working at 300 DPI, but making the image 50% or ...
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Is this design considered public domain?

Recently I was contacted by a local church who needs a logo, what they want is simple enough, I'm just not well-versed in the copyrights of DC comics/marvel, etc. He basically said he wants his logo ...
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Usage of paid fonts

I've recently bought the Karnak Pro font for usage on a freelancer flyer for a company, but after looking on the web I've found that there are some constrains on using fonts for that type of thing. ...
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Large printing project requires image size reduction?

I usually work with images for the web or pitch decks so printing images, especially large images, is kind of new to me. My company wants a banner printed that is going to be 24" X 63", and I ...
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RGB and CMYK: Why both?

Any of you who have at least little experience with graphic design software, photography or professional printing, must have -almost undoubtedly- have gone through this: 'the struggle' of RGB and CMYK ...
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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 there a tool in linux/gimp to dynamically layout a grid of images for scrapbook cutouts?

I'm looking for a tool that will layout images into grids dynamically without altering their proportions. The purpose would be to make cutting image printouts much faster for moodboards/scrapbooking. ...
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a way to Tone down/ fix an image to prevent darkening/ bluring if shrinked

I am trying to make a customized keychain using shrink plastic (anyone familiar with shrinky dinks? ) I use an inkjet printer to print directly on the shrink plastic I noticed that after baking, ...
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Design & OCD: Are there any exercises/methods to avoid over-analysis in a design project?

Suffering from OCD can sometimes have implications in evaluating a design project: i.e. Over analysis, over-revision, etc. Forensic attention to detail is usually expected of design projects. So how ...
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How can I determine how much bleed to use?

I'm starting to do designs meant for printing, but I'm fairly new to this medium so I don't really understand how bleed works and how much bleed should I specify for: Business cards Large format ...
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Print Booklet feature in indesign is Shuffling my pages?

Indesign has a very handy feature only id doesn't seem to be working for me. I have set up a 20 page document with facing pages (1 being the cover and 20 the back) the second page is designed to be ...
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Inkscape SVG → print-ready EPS/PDF workflow

I realize similar questions have been asked here and there, but I'm still a bit confused. So, the task is basically to make a print-ready EPS/PDF for some vector art prepared in Inkscape [on a ...
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Same Illustration needs to be printed at 2 sizes

I have a query about printing the same illustration at 2 different sizes. I have produced an illustration - in Illustrator, at A1 size to be printed at A1 size. However, I also need to print the ...
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Banner - Can I create smaller size but print bigger size? [duplicate]

Banner size 40x10 (feet) / 480x120 (inch) Can I create smaller size, but similar dimension like 100x25 (inch), BUT want the printing company print to actual size 480x120 (inch).. My pc seems cannot ...
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Brochure Design: For a saddle stitch (center stapled) brochure, what adjustments should be made to compensate for creep?

For a saddle stitch (center-stapled) brochure, what adjustments should be made (if any) to counter any page-size distortion from folding? I know measures are taken to mitigate this with other types ...
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What is the perfect size for an invitation card double faced?

I'm working on a design for an invitation card, i'm working on a size: 700px x 1024px [including trim area] , 300 resolution based of a template for MOO service. what do you think about this size ...
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Examples of good academic poster design [closed]

Do you have any good examples of academic poster design? Most posters look exactly the same (I don't want to pick on anyone in particular), and from my experience at conferences, almost nobody reads ...
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What colour system to use for print AND web publications?

Everyone loves a color best practise conversation so here goes: When I lay up publications in inDesign that will go both onto web and print I do so in CMYK (cos I love print). Then let inDesign ...
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print service who uses only photoshop to raster, is it normal?

I'm not an expert let me just say, so with the risk of sounding a little stupid I have a question. I had to send .pdf and .ai files (around 100-300mb each) to a print service to have them printed on ...
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Increasing DPI for image reduction

I have an image that is 66x50 inch and 72 dpi, which looks great on any monitor because it's huge, but I actually have to reduce the image size to print it on a 44 inch paper. I know that for print ...
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What is the best paper and print method for water proof, microwoven/weather proof stickers [closed]

I'm a graphic designer, I require water proof, microwave/weather resistant stickers to use on Lunch boxes, water bottles and clothes. Can anyone suggest a paper which best suits for my need. Also ...
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Printing file but without a layer?

I print labels in sheets using Photoshop CC using a guide. I've been placing what I need on the template and then deleting the template to print, but is there a way to "hide" the template so I don't ...
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Is it necessary to manually tweak colors between screen and print versions of a design?

I have a portfolio for example, and initially it was designed for print, and everything was okay. Now I am trying to make it viewable on screen with consistent colors, and I'm finding some problems. ...
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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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Illustrator Size issue : Avery® Print-to-the-Edge Oval Labels

I am new in logo designing. And I am told by my boss to design a logo which will be used as posters. He told me that the size should be : Avery® Print-to-the-Edge Oval Labels And I have no idea what ...
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Print resolutions and document size

I have been given the task of getting an artists vinyl cover etc ready for print. I have been supplied images by the photographer but they are at the following values: I am confused by the document ...
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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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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?