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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Feedback on the design of a physics document

I am not a designer, I am a physicist. Back in 2005, I made a guide for students about how to measure cosmic rays, for a lab class I was teaching. Now I am redesigning it and would like to ask for the ...
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What requirements are there for a valid US postcard?

When designing postcards meant to be sent with the US Postal Service, what requirements to we need to keep in mind when working on the design? Which areas are we free to use for designs, and which ...
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Billboard Designing: Why design at higher resolution instead of the actual, lower print resolution?

Perhaps I haven't understood the concept of the "Scaling Workflow" and hence my confusion ... I checked out most of the Q&A for designing large format images on Photoshop (like for huge ...
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Making a carpet texture

Hello all the awesome designers out there, I would like to create a texture design like this carpet in the photo (see arrow) Any suggestions on how I could achieve creating that texture+color in ...
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What are the particularities of printing by sublimation compared to offset?

I'm working on a kiosk project where the fabric will be printed by sublimation. I know the process is totally different from offset but is the outcome similar? Do I have to watch out for things like: ...
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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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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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Software Other Than Photoshop That Will Let Me Choose a Printer ICC Profile

I print on various media using an Epson printer with aftermarket ink. I have ICC profiles for for my printer for various ink+medium combinations. Photoshop lets me pick an ICC profile to use on a ...
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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 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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How much text should I use for an ad image?

I'm new at marketing and design and I could really use some tips. What is the appropriate amount of text in an Ad image? I'm trying to figure out whether less text is better than more text. Here is ...
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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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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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What workflow should I use for enterprise-level business card creation?

At my current company, we-- the in-house design team-- oversee the creation and ordering of each employee's business card. This involves: Duplicating a page in the master Indesign Document that ...
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How legible is a right-aligned same-line header compared to a more conventional left-aligned separate-line?

I maintain an internal weekly newsletter* sort of thing with zero or more points of interest* for each of a couple dozen people*. It's organized in groups within columns with a header for each such ...
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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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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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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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Fixed size image on screens and paper?

I'm looking for an image format (I guess) that can be used for web images as well as for printing (on paper) directly from any platform/browser so that the images have the exact same sizes on paper ...
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How to read trim dimensions (115 3/8”w x 38”h)?

I have been given these dimensions: 115 3/8”w x 38”h for a print banner but I don't quite understand what it means! i.e: what is the width & height of the canvas I should work on?
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Printing in black paper?

Good day. I have no experience on this whatsoever so any help/insight from you would be very much appreciated. :) (my very first post too! :D) I think posting the picture will help me explain things ...
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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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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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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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Pantone vs process for logo printing

I was talking to my printer today and he was saying that while a single colour logo specified as a Pantone is cheaper to print ( litho offset ) ... that defining it as a CYMK process colour if often ...
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How can a print have a resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi?

While reading about the CANON PIXMA MG5150 printer (http://www.canon.de/printers/inkjet/pixma/pixma_mg5150/), there was a stated print resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi. How is this value meant here, ...
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Typo error on printed double sided flyer that client approved. Should the designer pay? [duplicate]

A client sent the text which was copied and pasted for a flyer design. The client approved the final file for print. The flyer is printed but does have a typo error. Is the designer responsible for ...
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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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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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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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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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Printing on Plastic - How is this being done?

Can someone here tell me how the images are being printed on plastic? Example: Source: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/PlayStation-4-HDD-Cases-MGSV-Ground-Zeroes.jpg ...
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Is composite color editing my print media ads in photoshop a frowned upon practice?

Obviously with print media, the norm is to design the ad in vector, CYMK, in a tool such as InDesign, and export straight to PDF or something. But I like to put a vivid "edge" in the coloring of my ...
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Typographic character to 'fill' a white space ; is asterism ⁂ right?

In a printed technical publication, I need to present a large double-pages illustration on the same double-page than its explanatory paragraph. Doing so, I had to insert a page break at the end of the ...
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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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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 ...