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 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 ...
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Best workflow for editing massive posters/banners for print in Photoshop?

I have a very large poster that is 98" by 90" and I would like to know some good tips for making edits to the file I tried to make it a smart object and then decrease the image size, only to increase ...
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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 do people measure the quality of offset printing?

I would need to measure the quality of a printed material in an offset printing procedure. There is any kind of points per square inch or something similar? I cannot find any kind of information ...
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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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Printing Google Fonts on Paper for clients to view / choose

I would like to print 100-150 of the Google Fonts on nice paper for clients to choose for website builds. Is there a recommended way to do this? If there's already a PDF or if it's easier to print ...
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Re: View Size vs. Print Size and Resolution in Adobe Photoshop

They say you start to see the pixels in an image when it is printed around 200 dpi/ppi or less, right? I'm looking at some images here at 100% view in photoshop, and when I open the image size window, ...
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Paper size and printed magazine question

I'm designing a magazine, and it's trim size is 272mm x 342mm when printed. One of my other test InDesign files is 222mm x 291mm at trim size (a fictitious local tourist guide). What paper size would ...
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What printing techniques or folding tools can I use to hand fold a commercially printed design without it cracking?

I recently created some tickets that were professionally printed then hand folded into an origami heart shape. We used 170 GSM paper and I'm not sure what ink the printers used. They arrived ...
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How to Compare a Dot (used in printing) with a Pixel (used in websites)?

I am a web developer but I am noob in designing. I have an html page of size 640 pixel * 800 pixel. I have converted this html page to pdf using wkhtmltopdf. But my boss is saying that we need to ...
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How to prepare PDF transparency for printing

I'm using illustrator to create a piece of artwork. I've used several transparent layers (small circles). Since I'm using a transparent effect, do I need to rastarize or flatten it? I tried ...
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How can I take my graphic design to the next level?

I'm a full-time professional designer in the early middle of my career -- I have been working as a designer full-time for 15 years. I create lots of work that I am very proud of. However, when I look ...
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PDF prints don't look the same as the on the computer

I've created some images in Illustrator (simple portraits to be exact). I have been using the "Save As" option to save PDF Versions to email to my boss for the past few weeks. Here is my problem: Now ...
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How to view a unitless raster image at 1:1 given a desired print size?

I want to preview a map that I'm generating before sending it off to the (expensive) printer. Unfortunately, the tool used to make it (TileMill) has no concept of paper sizes, DPI or any units. It ...
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spot color print - how to indicate white

I prefer to work with the web, so it's been forever since I've worked with a printer. Just received this message back regarding a doc utilizing white ink. How can I accomplish this in Adobe ...
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Two-sided printing: exact positioning?

I have designed some fancy cards (80mm x 48mm), and I would like to print them on both sides of a sheet of paper now (5x2 per A4 sheet). Naturally, both sides of the print need to coincide exactly. ...
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How to make a book with multiple title levels less confusing?

I am designing the layout for a textbook. The book is organized into themes at three levels: Modules Units Lessons When looking in the table of contents, this organization is easy to ...
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What's the difference between 72ppi and 300ppi?

I created two documents with same pixel dimensions (1280x768). Document 1: 72ppi Document 2: 300ppi When I saved both in .png, they have the same size on the hard disk. Why do I need PPI? Why ...
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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 to prepare fonts for an online printable poster

I want to make a website that people come and type a sentence and I make a poster out of it, print it, and send it to them. I was thinking of exporting as PDF (as recommended in this SO question). I ...
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Manipulating standard stock photos for ebook cover

I have decided to self-publish some short stories I wrote years ago. I understand the importance of a good cover. I have known for years that "Don't judge a book by its cover" does not work in the ...
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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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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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Dark images print with low contrast

I am a web developer and want to make a physical portfolio. I have tried various settings in photoshop and for my printer (HP officejet pro 8600) and my lighter theme web sites come out fine but my ...
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Using Photoshop to create a magazine

My question: Can I create a magazine exclusively using Photoshop? My understanding: It should simply be a case of using CMYK and an adequately high resolution. Other software: InDesign is pretty ...
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How to optimize the packing of multiple shapes inside a page for print

Is there a tool inside or outside of Adobe Illustrator which packs custom shapes inside an (say) A4 page? This would be an optimization for printing the same element multiple times on the same page. ...
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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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My print based work flow. Am I doing it wrong?

Basically, I had a client who wanted a 1 meter by 2 meter poster to advertise his business at local football events and such. Though I'm predominantly a web-designer, I thought myself up to the ...
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What is the roundabout file size of a 1m x 2m pdf?

Just finished exporting a pdf that will be used to print off a 1m x 2m poster. The current file size of the pdf is a rather manic 142.3MB. Is this too big? Shall I compress it further?
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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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Bill a client for a design error?

A regular client of 3 years typically orders prints from us quarterly came in over a week ago with an order. Sometimes this client comes in with the designs and sometimes we do the designs in house. ...
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Textures for city facade design such as roofs and walls?

I have used textures from services such as FreeImages.com (formerly sxc.hu) and different bundles but is rarity that they connect well together. This print design resulted in odd lines and some bad ...
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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 should image size in px be for A0 with a Canon iPF8300

I am producing an A0 poster. I have been told that the printer is a Canon iPF8300. The spec says; Maximum Print Resolution 2,400 x 1,200 dpi Nozzle Pitch 1200 dpi x 2 I'm not sure what ...
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Is it ok to use .pngs on business cards to print?

I want to use a background image from here though these are usually just used for websites. I am worried the quality will not be sufficient enough for print. Would I be correct in this assumption? Is ...
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Printing mistakes and proof reading

I want to know how to deal with printing mistakes and how to make sure that my work after printing has the least amount of mistakes. How to deal with print houses in regards to mistakes in printing? ...
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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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Brochures font size

Hello This is may first question here. I was working with small projects. I have problem with the Brochures (Tri-fold). At the Back Cover the content are only programme 2 fold and raffle entry 1 fold ...
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Best dpi for printing a 48x18 inch at 200%?

I have an image in photoshop I want to print at 200%, and right now it's 48x18 inches, and the resolution is 72 dpi. I read somewhere that changing it to 600dpi would allow me to scale it by 200% at ...
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Vectors or 300 dpi TIFFs for printing?

I have worked with CreateSpace before and used AI vector images on the cover and interior PDF of a book, but the images all printed pixelated. After complaining, CreateSpace told me to only use 300 ...