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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Which file format is best for printing? [closed]

What would be the best image format for printing images or designs created with Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator or to print images form a digital camera? If I have the option of exporting different ...
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Printing a consistent grey: is that still a challenge with comic books?

In a documentary on the American TV series The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982, dir. K. Johnson, with Messrs. Bixby, Ferrigno etc.), the producer/director explains that he tried to petition Stan Lee to ...
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Will desaturated colors use less ink?

If I print a full-color document or spreadsheet, will the printer use less ink if the colors used are less intense? If I desaturate the color without actually approaching grayscale, I would assume ...
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How to convert Pantone 7C to TPX?

How do I convert Pantone 7C (Cool Gray) to TPX? Is C a color international standard for print graphics?
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How to prepare a spot varnish; does it need to have trapping if there's a gloss and matte one?

On a project that has a selective varnish, the print-ready file usually needs to be prepared separately in one spot color, a bit like a dieline. Only the area where the varnish will be printed should ...
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Gradient not printing correctly in InDesign

I'm creating a flyer in InDesign CS5. I have an object at the top with a gradient fill and text over the object. I tried to do a test print of the flyer, and the gradient isn't printing ...
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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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Can a 2-color logo be red, black and white?

Can a 2-color logo be red, black and white? I'm thinking that maybe white doesn't count because it's the background color? Does a 1-color logo need to be literally black with a transparent ...
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How should I set up dielines so that they are not printed?

I just want to add that white lines on the project but I don't want that line to be visible on the printed element. How can I do that? I want output project in CMYK. I have Illustrator CS6 and ...
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What resolution to use for large aluminum print?

There seems to be a fair amount of controversy on this topic, however, I am planning on printing a 30x30" 3D design on aluminum, and I can't decide if 300 or 600dpi would work best. Or even higher. ...
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Printing a PDF page in A0 poster

I have a poster that I want to print in A0 size. For technical reasons, the output PDF file unfortunately is currently not in A0 size. How can I print this poster in A0? Should I first convert it to ...
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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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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 place cut marks on a 2UP image in Indesign for Printing?

Getting an image ready to print and ran into a problem of cut marks/crop marks not appearing once the file is printed. Just to review the steps I took while working in InDesign to layout the image: ...
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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 per-...
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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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InDesign – Overprinting white at a Guangzhou printshop

I'm just about to send a CD-booklet 134mmX122mm (34pp)for print in a Guangzhou printshop – and the language barrier makes it a bit difficult to get all points across; I'm wondering about what I need ...
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Image Discolouration when printed in Microsoft Word

I have an image which was created in Adobe Photoshop and is being inserted into a Word Document. The document contains a rectangle with a coloured fill which the image sits on top of. The same RGB ...
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What CMYK values should I use for rich black, and how should I handle tints/shades?

I'm working on a full color piece in Illustrator which has a few large black and grey areas. I'd like the black to be a rich black. I was thinking c30 m30 y30 k100. What is the best ways to match my ...
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How to create a very big photo (like for a billboard) [duplicate]

So I'm designing a CD cover for my friends band. And I will have to use a photo of them for that cover. How am I supposed to create it so that it won't pixelize if they want to use that for a big ...
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Looking back at work you want to change but its gone to print?

I have recently just started at a new company as an art worker. (My first ever artworker job) I get given small jobs which require quick turn arounds. The other day I had to add some copy to a poster ...
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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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Why does my CMYK file have crazy neon colors? [closed]

I am new to Illustrator but made a very cool file with photos & text to print as 11x14 poster. A JPEG file is needed to bring to the printer (using Costco which usually works fine). But when I ...
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CMYK Color Separation for offset printing

Hello I would like to ask how to do CMYK color separation for offset printing? Is it the same for screen printing i.e. spot colors? What would be the optimal DPI, Frequency and angles? My mom sent ...
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Is it possible to have a page with a transparent background?

One of my pages has a single image taking up some space on the page. The rest of the space (the space not occupied by the image), should be transparent: that is, whenever I send it to the printing ...
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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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What is a flavor(s) in graphic design?

I am creating a logo for an upcoming event, and I was asked to submit "flavors" for vector graphics and B/W. This is probably a given that all designers should know (I'm an IA architect btw), but what ...
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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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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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How do I recognize rotogravure and on what kind of products would I be more likely to find it used?

I'm collecting various printing process examples for my students but I am missing rotogravure. I believe I saw it once on a beer bottle but it got thrown away and I haven't found another example so ...
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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 screens....
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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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Inept knowledge about dpi and ppi,please help?

I have designed a web header 1000x98 at 72 ppi using Macromedia Fireworks for our website and we are planning to print a billboard using that header? The printer has told us that he needs the image ...
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How to use two instances of image to make an image overall wider?

I am working on a print size of 72" x 24". My image that I would like to use is about 18" x 18" at 300 dpi. I am afraid just resizing the image will result in to much loss of quality to stretch to fit ...
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Creating in PS a bleed for a die cut sticker

I am creating a album with stickers, each sticker is die cut and has a special place in the album. How do i create a bleed for each sticker that can be correctly interpreted by the machine that cuts ...
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Conveying Tags / Categories in Print Design

I am soon to be working on a brochure design that kind of acts as a local business directory. The directory is split into different categories of businesses, however many of the businesses belong to ...
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What does 'maximum halftone value' mean?

Can you help me get a better understanding of what "halftone value" means, please? I tried looking up idioms, looked at the dictionary, and a lot of other tools. I am not a native English speaker. ...
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Inkjet printing on platic covers

We are looking for an immediate drying ink for printing on plastic pouches/covers, can any body know the source?
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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 an Avengers styled backdrop (8' x 8') for actors to take picture in front of with the people [duplicate]

I need to make an avengers styled backdrop (for costumed avengers characters). Guests will stand in front of it to take pictures with the characters. It needs to be 8' x 8'. I need to set up my ...
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Textile design in illustrator

Im designing a print for my swimwear line and I'm using images from an artist. the file prints out sharp when it is opened in photoshop but when i place the image in illustrator and print from ...
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How to achieve contrast in a black-on-black design

I'm trying to achieve a black-on-black design on a business card. See link here: AHC 180 Youth Ministry Business Card. The large black arrow and the grunge splotches are a rich black of 40-40-40-100, ...
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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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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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Switching between different layouts for same content (InDesign)

For each page of a magazine, the content is the same: 1-2 photos, article content, title, subtitle, and author name. There are also four different layouts: three column full, three column with header, ...
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Inexpensive waterproof brown labels [closed]

I'm seeking a waterproof label with a brown, cardboard-like texture that can be used for beard oil bottles. They're close to the sink, so waterproof is important. It's for a small business that's ...
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What type of printer do I need to print small round gold stickers with perfect accuracy?

I am looking for a company to print a gold seal/sticker for my product. The problem is, all the companies I have tried can not print with the perfect accuracy I need. It needs to be water resistant, ...
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What size should I make the line art for a one-sheet poster?

I have very little experience in print, if someone could give me some advice on this matter: I have to illustrate a one sheet movie poster (27"*40"), and I was wondering if I can get good results (...
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General Purpose inkjet proofs

I am doing some design work which will be going to print ( I normally design for screen ) .... my printer is a Cannon MP280. I have been researching colour profile, managed color workflow, screen ...
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Transparent background on my logo

Hiya I am fairly new to illustrator. I have made a logo for my client, which is all vector and ready to handover. I've saved a pdf version and an .ai version to give to him and these are good, but ...