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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Why are there unwanted white lines appearing in a PDF print proof?

I designed a christmas card and I normally print it on vista print. When I ask for a print proof the outlines show. They don't show when I print it at home. Why are there unwanted white lines ...
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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 ...
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Is the difference between GRACOL and SWOP really drastic?

I recently made a boo-boo. I sent a printer that usually receives documents prepared using SWOP a poster prepared using GRACOL. The print part was managed by my client, not by me, so I could not see ...
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When presenting a logo to a client what type of paper should I use? [closed]

I am presenting a logo ( and other branding ) to a client. I know that I should present the logo as it will be used, so I will be using card stock for the business card version; and their stationary ...
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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 merge a set of small psd images into a printable A4?

I have a large set of different small images from the very same size (660 x 144 pixels, 120 pixels/centimiter) which I like to print in a A4 papaer. Is there some automated script that fit those ...
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What is wrong with writing light gray text over a lighter gray or white background? [closed]

What is all about writing with light gray over lighter gray or over white? if you look in the two examples I carried you will notice that is very hard to read, light gray or lighter color !! what is ...
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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 kind of white should I use when designing for CMYK print? [duplicate]

What value should I use for white in Indesign? I'm also wondering if I should use a white Background on every page when I want the background to be printed white?
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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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Recommended font size for Titles and subtitles on A4 print outs [closed]

I'm making some printable resources for schools and am wondering what the recommended font size would be for the titles and subtitles of these pages please? These would be printed on A4, and for ...
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How to increase saturation or intensity of this printed pattern

The image on the left is what I see on my monitor ( CMYK Vector ) The image on the right was produced using flexography for a packaging design The image on the right is dull and murky and doesn't ...
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printing with metallic ink on uncoated stock

Is it possible to print using pantone 877u on uncoated stock and varnish the area, in a way to achieve the effect of pantone 877c?
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Want to print a menu but i started with low dimensions [duplicate]

I designed a menu for a pizza restaurant but it seems that the dimensions and dpi is low. These are the dimensions, could someone tell me if this is okay for printing or not. Dimensions: 595x842 ...
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PIxelated lines in illustrator… images are for print, should I worry? [duplicate]

I am working on a big project and have done a few drawings but I am noticing some weird stuff with my strokes and I just wanted to check if it is normal and just something that I am seeing on my ...
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How to decide output printing quality and material for an image?

Ths is my first question on this site. I need help, I have modified version of this attached sample photo from the movie promesthus. I want to print it and put it as a wallpaper on my room wall. ...
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How to clip a pattern overlay to a transparent shape

I want to use this design on a shirt but can not figure out how to just have the dots clip to the shape without having a fill color. So basically I want the fill color gone and the dot pattern to ...
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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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How would you represent text on the same place but with different images on each side? [closed]

I've been working on a booklet for a client but I have no idea how shoud I do it I have to put the text on the exact same place for every page, I can't get pass this one! Any idea?
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Black and green inkt won't stick to paper [closed]

I'm having issues with printing. I have a Konica Minolta Bizhub PRESS C7000KM printer and I'm using Chromolux 300g paper to print. I can rub out the black and greenish colors from the paper. Does ...
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Large-format printing Adobe Illustrator files

I have an Adobe Illustrator file that I wish to print; I want to print it on a 60x60in (inches) paper. My question is: should the Illustrator file also be 60x60in wide? Or it is ok if the dimensions ...
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How can I simulate screen printing/offset colors in a non-destructive way

In screen printing or offset printing (or any other printing process that uses galzing colors) colors printed on top of each others mix together. This is similar to the multiply layer blend mode. ...
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Indesign Ad Quality

I am new to InDesign and we have a contract employee that builds and creates most of our ads for us. When we lay them out on the page, the ads look fine, but when we get the newspaper back from the ...
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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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What is the best Inkjet printing technique for car decals / autowrapping?

I was wondering what the best solution is for my inkjet printing problem. I need to use an inkjet printer for these decals. I plan to decorate a car with pictures and stickers so I need a material ...
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How to design a basic banner with GIMP?

I am using GIMP. And I want to design a very basic banner to be printed 3m long. The design is as simple as it could be : it consists of one logo that I have in pdf format (was designed by a ...
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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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Exporting high quality jpeg in illustrator & keeping dimensions. Options

I'm exporting a jpeg in illustrator for Society6 and they want maximum quality at specific dimensions. As I understand it, the only way to keep the high resolution with the same printed output I ...
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Critique: How should I place/format an informative text in a picture?

I am trying to advertise some discounts in Facebook and to do that I have to provide an image that has a small amount of text informing potential customers about the discount I am offering. I am ...
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Does anyone know what this waxy coating on a post card is called?

I am trying to ask a print broker for a quote on some postcards but I don't know what the name of this coating is. This postcard gets attached to a lanyard and the coating looks great and avoids it ...
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An error in printed book is my fault: what do I do? [duplicate]

I designed a kids' activity book for my client. She handwrote all the text correctly and I typed a sentence out incorrectly. She approved the proof before print but that was the 6th draft so I guess ...
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Business Card Printing [duplicate]

I want to know if there's an economical home pc printer that will feed business card sheets efficiently. I have to load them one at a time.I use Avery 8371 stock from Wal-Mart.
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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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Where is the best place to put the company logo on this banner?

I want to know where is the best place to put the company logo; top centre, bottom of text or where?. I can move the text up or down. So, I need your suggestions. I plane to add flat colour design ...