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 preview image in monitor

I found this nice looking image: I have a simple php web site that I also would like to preview in monitor. Is there any tool or wen site that can auto generate this image?
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In spot color printing, does black count as a spot color?

Do I have to choose a Pantone black, or can I just use 100% K?
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In Illustrator, how do I set my file at 10% scale?

I have a large print job. The design is sized at 36" by 72" with 1" bleed. The printer is asking that I set the file at 10% scale. How do I do that???
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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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Adobe PDF error when printing. What's STACK?

I'm receiving a mysterious error when printing a .PDF. The exact message it prints out (wrong linebreaks) is: ERROR: undefinedresult OFFENDING COMMAND: itransform STACK: ...
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How to project an image into a cone?

I have a circular image that I want to print over a cone. That is, over a circle with a wedge cut out, and then assembled into a cone. However, if I just print my image and then cut the wedge, not ...
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Is the maximum ink percentage embedded in the pdf color profile?

I am placing some Photoshop-made artwork into InDesign and exporting to PDF for print. My artwork is quite dark, and Ps's eyedropper tells me that some of my blacks are around the 90/95/95/85 mark. My ...
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Compensating for darkening that occurs during lamination

My printer has requested that a batch of graphic files be lightened by 5% to compensate for darkening that happens when the print is laminated. That would have been easy, until I asked, "What about ...
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PDF from InDesign looks correct but prints bounding boxes around effects and transparencies on SOME printers

When I export my newsletter from InDesign to PDF, the resulting PDF, including all transparent graphics, rasters and effects look great on screen. When I print the PDF to a plotter (Canon IPF8300), ...
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What colour system to use for print AND web publications?

Everyone loves a color best practise conversation so here goes: When I lay up publications in inDesign that will go both onto web and print I do so in CMYK (cos I love print). Then let inDesign ...
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Created a poster to print in CMYK, but when client downloads JPG, on the screen it is neon. Will it print how it looks when I created it in CMYK?

I created a poster in Photoshop and it in CMYK mode because it is going to be printed (not used on the web at all). I saved it as a JPG (also in CMYK) and when I sent it to someone in an email and ...
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How to have full bleed between two facing pages Indesign

Aloha all, I'm working in InDesign CS5.5 on a master plan document. I want the final document to be 11x8.5 landscape with facing pages, spiral bound to allow document to lay flat with full bleed. I ...
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Create pdf with external images

I wan't to create a pdf ready for print with an external logo file so that we can easily print many versions of the same pdf with different logos. Is anyone aware of any way you can keep an image ...
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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 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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Setting DPI for huge print

I need to create a really large print of 4Mx2.5M. I've never designed such a large print and I need help in setting the right DPI for this. I am really clueless of how this is supposed to go. If I'm ...
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Versioning pages in an Adobe InDesign document

In designing many new student worksheets and their corresponding answer sheets, we frequently have to modify them. The problem then is there are mismatches, a student will hand in an older worksheet ...
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Digital pen with realtime viewing

I've looked for this online forever but can't seem to find it. Is there a digital pen that doesn't need special paper, uses easy to replace cartridges, and let's me see what I'm writing on a screen ...
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Printer wants to use CMYK 30-30-20-100 for black which produces a dark purple?

I'm doing some work for a food truck wrap and the printer wants designers to use 30-30-20-100 CMYK for all black objects. For this particular project, the entire truck itself will be black with other ...
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Is there a tool in linux/gimp to dynamically layout a grid of images for scrapbook cutouts?

I'm looking for a tool that will layout images into grids dynamically without altering their proportions. The purpose would be to make cutting image printouts much faster for moodboards/scrapbooking. ...
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Found strange red duplicate of artwork in Illustrator file called “white underneath”. What is it?

This might be an error but i've got a feeling its something to do with preparing artwork for printing. I've received some packaging artwork from my client that i need to edit, it's made by a ...
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Is this design considered public domain?

Recently I was contacted by a local church who needs a logo, what they want is simple enough, I'm just not well-versed in the copyrights of DC comics/marvel, etc. He basically said he wants his logo ...
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What is the best way to place three square figures on one page?

Two or four figures (images) on one page is fine, but I find it really difficult to design a Letter-sized or A4-sized page with three figures, especially when all three figures have square aspect ...
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Fine Art Printing: Inkjet Printing vs Screen Printing

I print fine art on coated-canvas using a professional inkjet printer. The images are very clear and detailed. I have very little experience screen printing, but I have read there are ~300 dpi ...
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How can I efficiently make several hundred signs for a plant sale?

This is my first StackExchange question ever, yay! First I will describe how I made the signs last year: I started with a spreadsheet of plant names and prices, as well as a folder of images (one ...
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Is there a color scale for perceived color on different surfaces?

Pantone Coated vs Uncoated indicates how one ink (say Pantone 200) will shown on glossy vs non-glossy paper. What I'm really interested in though, is to get a consistent color accross many surfaces. ...
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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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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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Converting InDesign CS6 document to printer spreads using print booklet

I am trying to create a press ready PDF for a 16 page InDesign document using Print Booklet. I see the Print Booklet preview and everything looks fine, spreads are correct, etc. However, when I run ...
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Printing an 8ft X 4ft design

So I have a friend who wants a vector image done for a wall print in their karate studio. But they want the image 8 ft high and 5ft long. Do you actually make a file that big then draw the design then ...
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print service who uses only photoshop to raster, is it normal?

I'm not an expert let me just say, so with the risk of sounding a little stupid I have a question. I had to send .pdf and .ai files (around 100-300mb each) to a print service to have them printed on ...
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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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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 I need a black stroke when saving white artwork for it to be able to print?

White vector graphic with black stroke, do I need this for printing? Otherwise artwork is white and artboard is white, any other ways to do this? This artwork will be silk screened on a T-Shirt ...
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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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Adobe InDesign 6 not printing booklets to edges of paper, InDesign 5.5 did

I printed booklets for my students in InDesign 5.5. Worked perfect, on US Letter paper I was able to get 2 worksheets per side. I'd cut them down the middle and have these great packets of ...
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Preparing document for print to have reverse creases

I have a wedding invite that has been created as one page but it will fold like an accordion. It's a portrait page split into 4 with 3 creases. How do you go about preparing a document to have some ...
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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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100% black problem on indesign and pdf?

Currently I am facing a HUGE crisis about this 100% black not being right for printing and coming out as 4 colours, in my InDesign document. My swatch for the black text is set at c=0 m=0 y=0 and ...
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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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What resolution (ppi) should I use for printing in Illustrator?

I've created these flash cards in illustrator where the artboards measure 9 centimeters by 9 centimeters (that's about 3,5 X 3,5 inches for our American friends). Now when I export by artboards in ...