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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 type of paper should I use for print outs for a physical portfolio?

I'm creating a physical portfolio for an interview. I've bought a portfolio binder/case. I was wondering on what kind of paper should I take the print outs of my work? For example, would it be fine if ...
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Applying 2-up layout in scribus with printers´ (crop) marks

Please excuse my complete ignorance of the correct terms, but I have a set of 120mm blocks of content which I want to be cut out after printing. I can only print on A4 paper so I can cram two of each ...
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Inkscape and logo with transparent text?

I need to make a t-shirt with a one color design that is EASY as a .png. But the shirt company wants it as a vectored .eps file. I tried sending them an import of the .png but that wasn't good ...
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What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name?

What is the name for the long dashes that sometimes replace the inner letters of a name in older printed texts, and what is their purpose? Image source: Wikimedia Commons
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Adobe Acrobat imposing plugins

What are some good Adobe Acrobat plugins for imposing PDFs. I think that's the word. Like set up 9x5cm business cards onto a SRA3 page so that I don't have to place them exactly the way I want them ...
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I need to print an image a certain size. What dimensions and resolutions should I use?

(This question is meant to be a resource to direct others to given that this is a common question.) Given the task of creating an image that will be printed at a certain dimension, what pixel ...
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Should I keep a 1:1 scale for a vehicle wrap vinyl print made in Photoshop?

I'm busy with my first vehicle wrap design - and I don't know what size to make my design in Photoshop CS6 - the width of the "bakkie" is 4436mm x 1300mm. If I use that in Photoshop the file size is ...
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Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro for color conversion

I'm looking for alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Pro for converting the color profiles of PDFs for newsprint. I commonly use Acrobat Pro to prepare files for four color offset printing. The color ...
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Create a two color printing image with only one color (dithering)

In Illustrator: How do you create the color Grey with just using Black, but without changing opacity? (it can also be used for other colors) Whenever we have to print something (shopping bags, ...
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Combining elements from multiple PDFs -what options do I have, what tools can I use?

Here is my problem: I am creating mindmaps with Mindjen MindManager (see an example here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mindmanager.png) The problem is that this program has very poor printing ...
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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects ...
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Photoshop - converting text to smart object before printing

I just finished designing a piece which is 90%+ photography. In PSD, I had to touch up the photos and do sharpening, brightening, etc. Then I put small text captions on top of the photos. Rather than ...
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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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How to set only black to overprint on embedded image on Adobe Illustrator

I have an embedded image on an AI file. The image was originally a Photoshop file. I linked it, embedded it, turned it into grey-scale, I set its colour to 100% K (black). The black and white ...
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Software Recommendation for Card Layout

I am looking to design many unique study cards, with text and some images on the front and back, to be printed on a professional digital press. Right now, I have the material in a table, with one row ...
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How to convert millimeters to pixel?

I would like to print a Polaroid like image that is 336x407 mm big. What size is that in pixel and what PPI should I use?
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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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Designing for a 6in x 9in book

I am putting a text heavy book together, 6in x 9in paper size. (Perhaps related are this and this link.) Now I look for good font pairings (nice examples are here) and margin settings and line ...
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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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What should be considered when using very thin lines on a print piece?

I'm designing a card game and my friend (who is a graphic designer and works at a commercial printing establishment) told me to keep in mind the thinness of my lines when sending the docs to print. ...
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How to make a black and white image print in CMYK as it appears in RGB on screen [duplicate]

In Illustrator (CS6/CC) I have an image that is black and white and looks really rich and deep in RGB on screen but after printing appears really gray and loses its depth. Messing about with settings ...
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Identifying printing quality issues

I have just received some business cards that I ordered to a local copy shop (not a printing house). The result is acceptable, but it doesn't look very professional. It is 87x54.5 mm, while the ...
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What does “Volt = 71R , Black = OOA” mean in terms of color?

I am currently working on images that have a neon color. The client has given me this color information : Volt = 71R , Black = OOA Can anyone please explain what this information means? Thankyou ...
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How do I subtract line path's from a background in Illustrator?

I've been working on an invitation and I want to use a gold shimmer paper to print on. My printer suggested I subtract everything I want to show as gold on the background. 1st picture shown is my ...
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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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Preparing a file to be printed

Good evening, I have a question about the exportation of a file made in Indesign that I need to print. I hope you can help me. I have to precise that short time ago I used Freehand for projects as ...
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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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Printing multi-page PDF with different copies of each page in Acrobat

I have a PDF with 20-30 pages. I want to print them but with different numbers of copies for each page. Right now I'm using Acrobat Reader. I know I can do this manually by selecting the page in the ...
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What should you ask the printer?

We get a lot of questions in regards to what should my file spec be, what should I do with X and Y, how should I do my black etc. etc. and a large majority of the time we suggest to ask the printer ...
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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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Black and white printing

I have some problems printing rich black, and I´ve spent days trying to find a solution on the internet, but there is just too much information... I´d happily spend weeks and months learning all about ...
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Setting up bleed/margin for printing [closed]

I have to create a 400 page book with the measurements height: 16cm by 24cm in Adobe InDesign. It is intended for publishing, but what are the bleed and margin measurements I need to follow so that it ...
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Right amount of black for striped background

I am creating a PDF document that has a table with pyjama stripes. The grey stripes are defined using RGB with equal amounts of each colour. I'm want to make the stripes light enough so that you can ...
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Whats a good way to find a good designer? [closed]

I'm running a company that needs design work from time to time. Things like business cards, web design, marketing materials, etc. We probably have about 20 hours a month of design work on average. ...
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Is bleed measured from trim or safe?

Just trying to follow the document upload specs for one of the web's largest online printers and bleed has confused me. Their instructions are shown at the bottom of the diagram which shows close ups ...
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A good dark grey cmyk with lots of small white text

My print has got a plain dark grey background CMYK of 0, 0, 0, 90. This has just been rejected from the printers because 'it was black space and not CMYK'.. Not fully understanding this I decided to ...
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What is the average pixel size for human writing?

While creating a form in .pdf format it occurred to me that I did not know or see where to get stats on what the average human pt or px size is for writing. Typically I would just design what ...
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Printing with Heidelberg CMYK Explained

I need to print a brochure on a CMYK heidelberg CPC printing machine. The design house has asked me this: "We'll need to know that/if you are using a specific profile for uncoated paper. Right now ...
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While printing a CMYK file to Adobe Pdf, the CMYK values change [closed]

I have created an application that produces CMYK documents. They print well in "Microsoft Xps document writer" and are still in CMYK and carry the exact color values I've designed in my application. ...
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Creating see-through graphics for window decals in Photoshop

I would like to create transparent graphics for window decals using Photoshop CS6. The graphics should remain transparent after being printed on foil. By transparent I mean see-through, e.g. a set of ...
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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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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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How can I prepare lots of code to be printed on a long scroll?

What I'm trying to do: I have lots of software code that I need to print on a long scroll. The scroll will be no more than 440mm wide and as long as it needs to be (with a maximum of 45m). The ...
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Preparing a File to be Printed or Embroidered on Clothes

I recently created some graphics with 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 with an ...
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Choosing placement of colorbar and registration marks in illustrator

In Illustrator's print dialog, I can choose trim marks and color bars, however it decides to place them outside of the print area. The print I'm working on will be die-cut and would like to move the ...
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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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Printing over watercolor

I've previously screen printed over watercolors but would be interested in looking into digital printing onto paper thats been painted... Is there any common process for doing this or is it just not ...
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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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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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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 ...