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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The best PDF pre-set/standard for print?

I am curious to know if there is a PDF version that is preferred by most printing studios? I remember being told that PDF/X1a is the format to use when preparing design/artwork for print. But, I ...
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Do full bleed laser printers exist?

I was told that full bleed laser printers do not exist because the toner is too messy. Today, I stumbled upon this video (it's in Dutch, sorry) that claims to do full bleed high volume printing. I ...
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Inkjet Printing on plastic

I appreciate this question is borderline for this site (apologies), but I checked the FAQs and I think it is permitted. I'm investigating ways to get single-colour text onto a thick plastic sheet, ...
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What are the smallest dimensions/resolution I can use for a 7ft x 2ft banner? [duplicate]

I am designing a banner which will be printed at 7ft x 4ft. I am using Photoshop CS4. The images are not vectors. The original poster artwork has been done at 300 ppi for A4 printing. I was ...
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What are the most common album layouts besides the classical one?

When one try to make/publish a photo album the most common layout is the one with one photo per page. What other layouts are proven to be successful, especially considering that we intent to print on ...
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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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How to recreate a Photoshop sketch in Illustrator

I have attached a quick unfinished sketch made in Photoshop that will be developed for digital and screen printing on fabric and paper. It's basically a mix of hatching and erasing in different ...
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Do we need bleed if the Print output isn't intended to be cut (as is output)

been trying to get a handle on this bleed thing.. and i kinda get it, but for the most part it talks about making sure there are no white-outs at the edges of your printed document after it's been cut ...
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What is a simple program for beginners in graphic design?

I am considering a summer job in a camp, but...part of the job description is to make signs, announcing events/trips etc. This is well within my ability to do; but I'm not sure where to start. I am ...
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Is the print process different for business cards oriented in landscape or portrait layouts?

I often see business card printers asking for the customer to specify whether it's a portrait or landscape design. Is there any difference in the print process or notable difference by printing a ...
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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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Convert my Illustrator file-letterhead into word doc

I created this letterhead design in Illustrator and I have to give it to the client now, as a usable file in Microsoft Word... I don't really know Microsoft Word, so I need a step by step detailed ...
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What printing process is better to avoid t-shirt logo damage?

I don't like tshirts whose logos melt when you iron them, or crack if you put them in the dryer for too long. What do you call the printing process where the logo becomes part of the shirt itself, ...
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What printing technique can I use to print a poster that is too vibrant to print using screen printing?

I've got a poster design that I wish to print. But provided that poster has multiple colors that won't go good for a screen print (further, I would like to restrict screen printing to t-shirts), is ...
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What is it called when an image pokes above text/design elements?

Publications often seem to like to make parts of images poke above text or design elements, either subtly or clearly. For example, in this Radio Times cover, the top of a woman's head is positioned ...
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Examples of Business Cards?

I'm looking for some inspiration flip through. What are some places that you visit for business card examples or galleries?
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Best file type of picture for print

I'm doing layout design, pro bono stuff for my uni, and I haven't done much designing lately. But back when I did my high school newspaper I remember what I was told: your pictures must be in .tiff ...
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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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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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Crediting a typeface in a finished work

Hey does anyone know how you are supposed to credit (if you are supposed to) the typefaces you have used in a printed work (case in point - design exhibition catalogue for my BA) I've been using ...
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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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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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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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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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How to create a printable 2-page CV in Photoshop

I typed my cv in a word processor. It is 2 pages long. I have also created a photoshop design using the A4 dimensions. I have noticed that not only do I need two pages but also it would help the ...
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Share printing material in an online gallery

What would you say would be the best, simplest way to share images and design source files online that can be freely downloaded and printed, and so people can upload their own files? We would like to ...
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InDesign: Blank pages on 1,4 when creating a booklet?

I'm trying to supply the printer with a 2-page saddle up print job - which I'm assuming is a 2 page spread stapled in the middle and folded. The document is a 22 page booklet, The 1st page is the ...
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Preparing photographs for black and white photocopiers

I am preparing a textbook for use at my school. Eventually, I might hand-draw all of the illustrations, but in the meantime, I will use photographs. Some of these photographs will fill 1/3 of the ...
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Are there some standard sizes when it comes to square page layouts?

I am designing this luxury product catalogue and I was thinking to make the pages square so it would somehow be a little more unique and stuff... The way I have it set up now is 8in x 8in(about 20cm ...
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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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Print large work on A4 printer

I have a work I should adjust according to the uneven surface. I need to print the mockup on A4 printer, i.e. the result is the glued A4 pages where each of the page is a separate part of the image. ...
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Custom page numbering in InDesign

I'm creating two catalogues with some overlapping parts so I'm working with two different .indd files. First catalogue (35 pages in total, excluding cover and back) is all ready and and page ...
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Should graphics meant to be wrapped around a cylinder be stretched to compensate?

I am designing a 1:1 height-to-width circular graphic to be printed on a mug. However, when printed on the mug, the graphic looks noticeably squished and oval-shaped as a result of the mug's ...
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Does anyone know a inkjet printer for plastic 3mm thickness?

I would like to print a photo on a 3mm PVC, and my printer doesn't do the trick. Does anyone know a inkjet printer for plastic 3mm thickness ?
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Is it possible to guarantee the exact trim point of a design?

I'm designing a business card for a client, and they have asked to use a geometric repeating pattern as a background on part of the card. Initially I thought of placing the pattern flush against the ...
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How to design a poster with so much written content in it?

Consider there is a website full of text, and someone asks you to design a poster from it. Which methods do you suggest for designing this poster? Update: the website is "Semantic Version ...
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Can digital presses print right up to the edge of a sheet?

I wonder whether it's possible to print completely to the edge of physical paper (not print with bleed that will be trimmed/cropped), because with laser printers it can't be done. Toner would burn ...
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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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Pdf output looks different when exported from InDesign vs CorelDraw?

I have created a design in CorelDraw. While publishing it to PDF, it gets washed out. That might be due to some color management issue. Now, when I'm create the same design in InDesign the PDF ...
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Making custom sized columns in InDesign

I have an A5 2 fold template. Mathematically it should mesasure 444mm wide (3 x 148 by 210mm height or 3 x A5 paper) but I have set it to be 441mm as one of the sides (of A5) will be folded into the ...
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How can I turn my cooking blog into a basic book?

I have a blog where I've been posting recipes and pictures for the last 6 months or so. I'd like to turn these into a cookbook. I was thinking about sticking everything in a .doc and printing it at ...
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My Screenshoots are “too light” for printing

(Completely rewritten version.) I'm a writer doing a book for an overseas publisher. My deliverables for them are .doc files for the text and .png files for the graphics. I have no control over print ...
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How do I identify text layers as individual PMS colors?

I am getting a product label printed and the printer is asking that the text in the PSD file to be identified as PMS colors. I renamed the title of the layers to the specific color (e.g. Pantone 116) ...
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Need some font suggestions, please

I have two separate but related needs. First, the website. It is almost mostly forms (data entry) and tables. For many of the tables, I need a narrow or condensed font. I'm currently using OpenSans ...
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Converting CasMate Pro files to a vector format, workaround

I have a number of vectorial files that were created eons ago with a software called CasMate Pro(above) for the purpose of cutting those vectors with vinyl cutters. I googled a bit and I found out ...
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Gradient white lines in .eps file

I designed a vector in Adobe Illustrator CS6, but when saved as an .eps file, white vertical lines appear in my gradient. What is happening? I've tried rasterizing the vector at 300 PPI with ...
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How to convert document Illustrator file to only one color? (eg. Green)

Is there any way of converting a illustrator file with text and logos to one only. As I'm working for a client that only wants to print with one-color?
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Small-run or DIY printing solutions for packaging design?

So, about a year ago, I taught myself Illustrator. I am still bumbling along and experimenting with what it can do. I recently bought a new book that has templates for packaging design and I am going ...
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What special considerations are there for printing on 'flag' signage?

I have been asked to design some advertising to print on tear-drop street signage similar to this: My question is; are there things to keep in mind when designing for this medium as opposed to ...
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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?