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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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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Any good alternative to LiveSurface (mockup generator for print samples)?

Any good alternative to LiveSurface in a decent price range? We want to test some of prints and how they are looking in real environments (business cards, magazine pages, ...) I will prefer a price ...
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How can I print vinyl stickers without using laminate?

I would like to use a consumer grade inkjet printer (entry to mid grade) to print on self-adhesive vinyl. These labels would be for outside use, so the ink could not simply sit on the surface of the ...
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Efficient printing of custom trading card design?

My son and I are designing a custom card game and I've got dozens of 63mm x 88mm "trading card"-size designs. Eventually, I'll want to professionally print them but for now am just temporarily ...
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How can I automate the process of cutting intricate shapes out of paper?

I am trying to find whereabouts and name for this kind of automatic paper scissors, source of image here. I understand it so that one plugs in image with formats such as vector and raster and then it ...
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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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Grainy/Dotty Images Printing

I am working with a label which is 2.5 x 1.5 inches. On one of my printers with 2400 Dpi x 600 dpi It prints fine the dots arent nearly visible as the printer with 600x600 dpi. How in the world do i ...
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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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I need to resize some digital artwork made in PS for print…?

I have some graphics I worked on and posted to tumblr and a couple other social media sites, but now I have to print them, they're originally in 500px by 650px or 500px by 750px. Problem is when I try ...
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How to keep printed documents accurate color reproduction

Is there a way to widen the gamut of a CMYK print so that the darks stay dark and the lights stay light? I suspect it has something to do with color space being exported, but I don't know how to ...
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Reduce file size with HQ Images

I'm working on a rack card and my client is using Vista Print, she told me that Vista Print allowed her to upload 25mb file size. The card uses a HQ Image from iStockphoto on the front, and the PDF ...
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What resolution do I need for images placed in InDesign?

I am creating a A4 Print PDF file from InDesign. From the InDesign file I am doing the following : File > Adobe PDF presets > [High Quality Print] Doing this exports a PDF file from InDesign pretty ...
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How to print a pure CMYK colors in a regular inkjet printer?

How to print a pure CMYK color in a regular printer? Let's say I would like to print a pure cyan or a pure magenta in a regular printer. first I work in a CMYK document .. but when sending the file to ...
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The use of punctuation marks on web links

On a web link or address (printed or online version) Case 1) If I have a reference for a link on a web page inside a paragraph, like this same example http://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com. <= ...
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In Indesign when printing doc with transparent logo. The tranparent area is effecting the background colour

I've creating a a4 advert for a magazine in InDesign CS6, I need to bring in a logo from Photoshop. The logo I'm using was originally transparent but was made up of a number of colours. I removed all ...
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Optimizing a background image for an A0-sized poster

I am working on a poster that will be printed on an A0-sized canvas cloth. The background image of the poster is this public domain Indy farmland. On top of the background, I put several panes with ...
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What is the correct name of this filter?

Normally, this is what would you would see if you magnified older newspaper images printed in color. (check the background of the attached image) What is this filter called? How can I recreate this ...
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Printing poster from inDesign file

I've inherited an InDesign file and I'm new to the software. I need to send an exported PDF to print a 30"x40" poster from this InDesign file. The InDesign file was designed as a simple flyer, at ...
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What color swatch preset to use for preparing graphics for print?

I would like to know what color swatch preset should be used to print a design you made on illustrator, so there's no confusion on colors from you to the printing company.
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How can I print multiple Illustrator artboards on one page?

I'm working on a design that's to be printed. The size of the item is 1/3 of a standard letter page. I would like to be able to work on it in Illustrator only once without the copy and paste at the ...
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How to see an embedded image's dpi (ppi) in a pdf in Acrobat Pro?

The following situation baffled me slightly: after preparing a pdf in a different program I wanted to make sure that an embeded image in the pdf file had the right dpi, yet I found no way in adobe ...
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Printing Different Sized PDF

I would like to know the best way to set up my designs for print by others. I will be sending my clients PDF's of designs I have created specifically for them. They will either print them on their ...
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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: ...
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What is six-color (6C) process printing?

What is 6 color printing, is it multicolor process printing? What setting do I have to keep in Photoshop, Do I have to create an extra channel in the channel palette?
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How to have full bleed between two facing pages Indesign

Aloha all, I'm working in InDesign CS5.5 on a master plan document. I want the final document to be 11x8.5 landscape with facing pages, spiral bound to allow document to lay flat with full bleed. I ...
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Default print margins

I'm making up a A3 graphic for a client that will be getting printed. The only problem I have is what to use as the default printer clearance margins in the paper. I assume for the final work it ...
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How can 120*160mm be a “landscape” format?

My client requested a 120*160mm landscape format. This is a contradiction in terms to me, because in "120*160mm" the "120" is the width and "160" the height. In my mind the only possible way to ...
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How to prepare a design document in Corel for UV printing on glass

I want to make a decorative glass panels on walls on our kitchen (the one between the hanging kitchen cabinets and the tabletop). The company I am negotiating right now uses UV coating as a printing ...
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Are CMYK color profiles used when printing PDF files?

I have a PDF file, where all colors are in CMYK. Are CMYK color profiles used when printing this PDF file? There is a color profile on the PDF file, and then there is a color profile for the ...
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Making Flowchart

I have created a flowchart that has multiple textboxes, which explain various stages of a HR activity. It has been a laborious task, as I have done it with hand. When put together, the flowchart goes ...
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What is the general stance on “jump headlines”?

This is more of a design opinion question, and this might be the wrong place to ask this, but I digress. I work on a weekly newspaper that up until now has used "jump headlines", that's to say ...
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Why are the bleed and slug lines outside my pages?

I created a new document with 3mm bleed and 5mm slug, portrait, facing pages checked, 120mm x 160mm. But bleed & slug lines are outside the page! Why is that?
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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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How do I set a Photoshop document/template for bleeds?

This flyer is almost accepted on Themeforest, but I got one problem: I got message from reviewer: "Please do some research on setting up a document for bleeds. Look at info on printing to understand ...
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Illustrator - Large Vector File to Print at A0

I have created large vector drawings for A0 printing - each file has thousands of vectors at different transparencies. The largest file is 270mb when saved as an editable pdf. I have not compressed ...
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high resolution works in photoshop [duplicate]

i'm getting a job, to create art size 8000mm x 12000mm for print on a huge board, is a art size 2480 Pixels x 3508 Pixels, 300 dpi fit to print on the huge board? do i need to create the art exactly ...
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100% True Black problem in Illustrator

In an Illustrator file, Even though I used the default black(100% K), my printer said the pdf is not 100% black. What do you think is the problem?
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Do's and Don'ts of backgrounds (Print Design) [closed]

I guess I'm naturally inclined to throw a background onto the average print job straight away rather than designing using white space...I have a bad habit of just throwing some sort of coloured ...
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How to resolve a problem with exporting in CorelDraw?

When I'm working in CorelDraw and my paper size is A4 (it's shows in the left upper corner) I keep the size of my poster into the limits of my borders/paper. Meanwhile, I have nothing changed in the ...
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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 ...