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 is it called branding 'collateral'

I use the term from time to time and i just cant get my head around it why is it called branding 'collateral' - in my mind collateral is something you put up as a security, usually in conjunction to a ...
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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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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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InDesign Spread Pagination

I have created an 8 page brochure with InDesign and exported a PDF for my print guy. At the moment the pages are exported as: 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8 But for print he'd like them formatted like this: ...
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Can I use images / poster from a movie in a flyer to promote a Movie Night?

A client has permission to show movies in a big screen for the public (nonprofit). I was asked to design a flyer to promote the showing. They want me to show the movie poster and make flyers with the ...
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Right amount of black for striped background

I am creating a PDF document that has a table with pyjama stripes. The grey stripes are defined using RGB with equal amounts of each colour. I'm want to make the stripes light enough so that you can ...
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PMS on a Roll-up?

I heard most of the Roll-ups are printed in CMYK. I am wondering if it is possible to print with a Pantone on a Roll-up (canvas)?
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A good dark grey cmyk with lots of small white text

My print has got a plain dark grey background CMYK of 0, 0, 0, 90. This has just been rejected from the printers because 'it was black space and not CMYK'.. Not fully understanding this I decided to ...
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Whats a good way to find a good designer? [closed]

I'm running a company that needs design work from time to time. Things like business cards, web design, marketing materials, etc. We probably have about 20 hours a month of design work on average. ...
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Is bleed measured from trim or safe?

Just trying to follow the document upload specs for one of the web's largest online printers and bleed has confused me. Their instructions are shown at the bottom of the diagram which shows close ups ...
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While printing a CMYK file to Adobe Pdf, the CMYK values change [closed]

I have created an application that produces CMYK documents. They print well in "Microsoft Xps document writer" and are still in CMYK and carry the exact color values I've designed in my application. ...
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Justification and hyphenation without proper time and tools?

In my computer science studies we are being forced to write a report every now and then. I have a background in web development and have worked closely with both print and web designers for many years ...
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What is a spot/Pantone colour?

When should I use them, and how do I pick one? (NB: I know the answer, but think this question fills an important gap.)
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What is the average pixel size for human writing?

While creating a form in .pdf format it occurred to me that I did not know or see where to get stats on what the average human pt or px size is for writing. Typically I would just design what ...
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Printing with Heidelberg CMYK Explained

I need to print a brochure on a CMYK heidelberg CPC printing machine. The design house has asked me this: "We'll need to know that/if you are using a specific profile for uncoated paper. Right now ...
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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 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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RGB and CMYK: Why both?

Any of you who have at least little experience with graphic design software, photography or professional printing, must have -almost undoubtedly- have gone through this: 'the struggle' of RGB and CMYK ...
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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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What is Pantone Cyan used for?

What is the difference between cyan and Pantone Cyan Special Color?
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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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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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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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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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How to design a poster with so much written content in it?

Consider there is a website full of text, and someone asks you to design a poster from it. Which methods do you suggest for designing this poster? Update: the website is "Semantic Version ...
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Is there something like smashing magazine.com for the Print Industry?

I know the print industry isn't probably changing as much as the web stuff nowadays but Im just wondering were do print graphic designers get their inspiration, latest news and that kind of stuff. ...
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How do I make screenshots look good when printed in CMYK?

When printing screenshots alongside black text, black areas of the screenshot look a washed out "muddy dark grey" and "washed out". What causes this and can I improve the black color area?
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Should I use Illustrator or Photoshop for Collateral Design?

I am creating a web advertising rate card. Basically a brochure. It will be a PDF file. Should I do brochure designs or collateral designs using Illustrator and then import the non vector images from ...
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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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How does a monitor display the CMYK color? Is it actually showing the true CMYK color?

Just few moments ago I asked a question regarding RGB to CMYK conversion. say, RGB (86,92,214) the color in my image. Then monitor uses same values for displaying (lightning LEDs, LCDs or CRTs). ...
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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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Export a design for Print Usage, preserving the vector

I am designing a Banner Flex of big size. 6mx8ft. I built this using illustrator, as it has specific tools for vector graphics. Such big document size cannot be created on illustrator or any other ...
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Small-run or DIY printing solutions for packaging design?

So, about a year ago, I taught myself Illustrator. I am still bumbling along and experimenting with what it can do. I recently bought a new book that has templates for packaging design and I am going ...
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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?