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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How do I edit my CMYK greens to output as brightly as possible?

Converting my photoshop work from RGB to CMYK to send to print. Found out today that RGB has a much broader and vibrant colour array than CMYK. Trying to edit the values, saturation, brightness, ...
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Will 300 dpi (non-vector) result in blurry artwork for screen printing?

I created a .psd artwork on a t-shirt that has several "sponsor logos" on it sized at around 1x1inch each. I created the file at actual size with 300dpi. I then got an email back from the printer ...
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Creating grids for documents

I really love grids and guides. I tend to follow and break them at cases to create visual interest. I'm trying to create grids for a 8.5" x 11" document. What must one look for when creating ...
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Packaging design printing in small numbers?

Packaging design printing in small numbers? I'm designing some small 4"x4"x4" packages for a class project and I only need a few boxes (probably 5 total). I've checked dozens of printing sites, but ...
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Font weight considerations (printing cost, ergonomics, etc)

I'm curious if there are any known ergonomic effects of font weight choice. I already understand, for example, that the relative contrast of font color and background is important to reduce eye ...
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What DPI to design at for small label on 4800 DPI printer

I have a printer that prints onto labels at supposedly up to 4800 DPI. https://www.primeralabel.com/lx900_features.html I'm guessing this is mostly marketing. I need to print onto 25mm by 51mm ...
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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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how to print saddle stitch booklet from a Indesign book file?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to print saddle stitch booklet from Book File? I know how to do it from normal Indesign file. However, book file is different since there are so many different ...
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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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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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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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Method for batch layout of images into PDF sheets

I have 100,000 identically-sized, but unique, PNG/JPG images which I want to automatically layout onto A4 sheets which can then be exported as print-ready PDFs. So assuming I can fit 8 of these ...
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Designing forms for printing in InDesign

I have to make a lot of forms in InDesign. Not interactive forms, just forms that need to be printed. It's really a pain making all the checkboxes, radio buttons, lines and text fields and ensuring ...
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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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A question about the readability of hanging indents in print

Large amounts of copy are way more readable for me when the paragraphs are divided by hanging indents (instead of standard first-line indentation). I'm not really sure why, but it's way easier on my ...
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Making extremely large screenshots

Hello fellow designers. I have to make a banner promoting a mobile application. The banner size is 80x200 cm. So, normal screenshots of the application screens will be too small. There are too many ...
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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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Colouring illustrations - RGB or CMYK?

I am in the process of colouring a series of hand-drawn illustrations in Photoshop using a graphics tablet. The colouring process takes place mostly using Photoshop's native drawing tools - the ...
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Printer Resolution

The Windows 7 printer preferences dialogue box tells me: Print pixels: 1416 x 2152 dots Does this mean that I should always provide an image of 1416 x 2152 pixels to achieve max quality? How is DPI ...
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Page layout with Scribus

I'm trying to print my very first book. It's a simple thing, printed on my desktop printer, double sided on 1 * A4 sheet of paper. I will fold it down and bind it myself (using saddle stitch) as a ...
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What should I keep in mind when designing a metallic duotone?

I'm working on a piece in process black (or possibly PMS black 7) and silver (metallic PMS to be defined) and want to include a photograph as a duotone. I've read around about metallic inks not ...
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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 ...
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Standard Event Poster Size (North America)

I'm designing my first poster for a promoter for a local bar and.. well.. I don't know what size to make the poster! What is the standard size for an event poster (such as one for a band) in North ...
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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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How to integrate a larger cut-out group of people in a design

Is there a good strategy to integrate a larger cut-out group of people (e.g. orchestra, band, conferences, team, etc.) in a print designs (cover page, poster)? Many designs use images that keep the ...
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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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What's the best way to make a pdf book cover for Create Space?

I downloaded a paper back book cover template from Create Space and loaded it up into Inkscape (and used GIMP to crop the background images to fit the template). What steps should I take, and what ...
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What tools can I use to create Fractal Art?

There are many fractal generation softwares such as the free Xaos and Fractal Architect 2. I normally use Mathematica to generate fractals and process them later with editing tool but this time have ...
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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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How can I create a letterhead template that doesn't break our company branding guidelines?

I'm a director of a nonprofit, and I've been working on a letterhead for my group that we can use. Nearly a decade ago, we had an actual graphic designer draw up a branding guide for us that we try ...
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Creating large-scale high-resolution documents in Photoshop

I am a student trying to create collages in Photoshop sized* 4' x 4' and larger, resolution 300dpi, to be digitally printed on cotton canvas and silk. The enormous file size causes my iMac to lag or ...
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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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Is there a way to get a spot color that's not in my Pantone book?

I'm looking for a color that doesn't match anything in my Pantone color book. I don't see that Pantone sells any books with a wider spectrum of colors. Is there a way to match this color with a ...
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How to upload my new font?

I have used Microsoft Paint to tweak a Gentium Book Type to suit my own publishing needs for a public domain esperanto Bible. I wish to print this on real paper and publish on the web. I was ...
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Do I have to create vector files at the correct print size?

I had to create an 800mm x 2000mm print and so I started by actually creating a 800mm x 2000mm file in Illustrator. The file contained only vectors so my question is: Can I create my file size ...
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Should I turn the text on my poster to outlines before I print?

What would be the best practice for printing text based work from Illustrator, such as a poster? This is aimed at the final print quality of my workk. I am creating an advertisement which will be ...
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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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5mm bleed with no guide/crop/reg marks.?

The clients printer asks for "5mm bleed with no guide/crop/reg marks" I am slightly confused by this? what does it mean? Does it mean I just have have photoshop guides? or does it mean I have no ...
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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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What are some good fonts to use for bullet characters?

I'm designing a manual with the font Akzidenz Grotesk as the main body font. I am looking for some nice bullet characters but what are some fonts that provide good bullet characters?
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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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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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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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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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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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Where can I order a custom-made plastic bag sample?

I need to make a plastic bag with my own design for my school project. I want to buy a clear plastic bag with 24"/20"/10" measurements. I need a very thick plastic (like this) with possibly a zipper ...
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Should I use Illustrator or Photoshop for Collateral Design?

I am creating a web advertising rate card. Basically a brochure. It will be a PDF file. Should I do brochure designs or collateral designs using Illustrator and then import the non vector images from ...
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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 can i design 6x4 meter area in Adobe Illustrator?

I have a 6x4 meter area. Adobe Illustrator doesn't support 6m Artboards. How can i design a 6x4 meter area in Adobe Illustrator?
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What is the highest possible print resolution in book publishing?

I want to publish an art book with a major publisher. I need to finish my artwork and then approach publishers, so I cannot ask for printer specifications beforehand. My art is digital, and I want to ...