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 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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Invisible Barcode

This may border on the 'too technical' side of graphic design but I'll give it a try. We have a contract with a printer who requires a barcode on the interior and cover of our books so that they can ...
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Illustrator - Large Vector File to Print at A0

I have created large vector drawings for A0 printing - each file has thousands of vectors at different transparencies. The largest file is 270mb when saved as an editable pdf. I have not compressed ...
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Photoshop Bitmap to Greyscale and Back Concerns

Hello Graphic Designers, Thank you for this helpful board. I have this weird color related print related question. My situation is, I am doing some layout changes of a bitmap black and white comic ...
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Is a colon needed after a (sub)heading when the latter has it's own formatting

I tried checking style guides and online articles but couldn't find any reference to the following: When the heading or subheading looks visually different from the body text (either font-size, ...
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Different shades of black in Photoshop and InDesign

I'm currently putting together a CD cover, and haven't been working that much with printing, so CMYK tends to confuse me a bit. I'm going to place a logo inside a frame in InDesign. I added the exact ...
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Creating a molecular cloud in Photoshop

I'm currently teaching myself design and have been asked to create a molecular cloud similar to that in the attached image. I'm seeking advice on how one might obtain a similar result/effect in ...
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How do I lay out numbered business cards so I can easily print and hand-cut them?

I have some business cards(made in indesign) with different numbers/pages, from 1 to 400 ,on them...I would like to know, if there is a way to arrange somehow the pages, so when i print them, they can ...
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The Possibility of Digitally Printing Greys without Getting the Grainy Effect

I'm trying to digitally print a shrink wrap label that will have some pretty small font on it. (The overall size of the label is 81mm x 84mm) Preferably, different sections of copy on the label would ...
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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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Colour difference between Ai file print and PDF file print

I am launching an online stationery business whereby I design stationery for clients who can print the products in their home or at a printers (My remote locate means that I am unable to offer the ...
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What is this style, a grid of varying dots, called?

What is this style called? I want to recreate this effect on a photo myself. Also, does anyone have tips on how to accomplish this?
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CorelDraw range of page numbering

How can I set auto page numbering in CorelDraw. I know there is some macro to do this. But how do I do it for range of pages. Say I do not need page numbering for a Brochure cover and back pages. ...
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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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Good printing effect for pattern packaging design

I am currently designing a tube for skincare products similar to this: The design so far has repeated patterns on the tube kind of like this: My team wants to use nude and cream color on a matte ...
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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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How to upload my new font?

I have used Microsoft Paint to tweak a Gentium Book Type to suit my own publishing needs for a public domain esperanto Bible. I wish to print this on real paper and publish on the web. I was ...
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Pre-Flight Software

I recently started a job with a monthly publication. I wanted to know what the options for pre-flight software are. I know of Acrobat, but it has been questionable at times, in terms of pointing of ...
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What size should a business card be to fit snugly into a 3.5x2.25" sleeve?

A client requested a new design for business cards that also have a protective paper sleeve like these: http://www.envelopes.com/business/open-end/credit-card-sleeve-envelopes Since i've never done ...
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Make a transparent 3D sphere with objects inside

I want to build a 3d sphere as a container which has a blurred transparent surface and wrapped some objects inside. (Objects are placed on the half floor). I've created something similar, in 2D to ...
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Do I have to create vector files at the correct print size?

I had to create an 800mm x 2000mm print and so I started by actually creating a 800mm x 2000mm file in Illustrator. The file contained only vectors so my question is: Can I create my file size ...
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Reduce image size

Hi I made a poster in photoshop but the image size is really big 15mb, as I live in a small town and have to email this to printers it is a bit of a problem. I was asked to get it down to around 4mb ...
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In a 85.6mm x 54mm business card, what is an ideal font size?

I would like to know what is an ideal and readable font size that I can use in a business card with the dimensions listed. Not too big but not too small. I was thinking it can be about 7pt for titles ...
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Printing a 11x17 booklet [closed]

So I am trying to take an inDesign file that takes one page of a document and splits it onto two pages of a 11x17 booklet. For example a landscape orientation image that has a bleed from one page to ...
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How to work with white artwork in Adobe Illustrator?

Regarding Adobe Illustrator - I am trying to create a vector file that an imprinter will use to imprint my image on to T-shirts. The shirts will be black and I want my image to be in white. ...
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What resolution should large formatted photography be for print? [duplicate]

I have been given a request to re-size and up the resolution on a handful of images to be printed 40 in. x 30 in. to be hung on the walls in a new facility conference room where clients will see them. ...
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On average, what kind of precision should I expect when debossing over an existing print in a small run?

This question most definitely deserves to be asked directly to my printer but since they're currently on leave for the week, figured I'd give it a shot here to get a general idea on how I should ...
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Big size prints

Some People asked me to make some designs for their store frontpage. I know the illustration programs is the best to keep the resolution hight. But the frontpage contains pictures like food & ...
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Is 4-color process printing (CMYK) more or less expensive than using 4 spot colors?

Is there much of a cost difference between the two?
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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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Pantone issue from PSD to Ai (printer needs PMS into the document but says it's CMYK)

I am having a problem with a packaging I am developing for a client. The client did all the artwork and sent it to me so I can communicate with the printer for sampling. Most of the artwork was made ...
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Displaying Black on a Black Background

(First post, yay!) Im working on a fashion lookbook for print and I'm displaying product colours on a black background, but what can I do for when I need to display black on black? Example: As you ...
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Preparing screenshots for use in a print document [duplicate]

I would like to feature screenshots of websites taken on my phone, tablet and laptop in a print document. The print document is 300 ppi and the screenshots are 72 ppi. Importing the screenshots ...
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How to decide what type of paper to use for a flyer to hand out at a tradeshow?

I'm printing a tradeshow flyer and was wondering what type of paper I should print it on. I don't want anything glossy so I'm trying to decide on the following: 100# text weight matte 80# cover 80# ...
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Indesign: include bleed marks, and bleed

When I export a document using PDF Bleed Marks printer options, and set bleed and slug to the document settings, crop marks appear in the correct location, however crop out the actual bleed colour. ...
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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 do Pantone coated and uncoated colors relate?

I need some help understanding the relationship between coated and uncoated Pantone colors. From what I've read online, the coated formula (say 200 C) is for printing on coated (glossy) stock, and ...
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Optimizing Images for Printing

I'm looking to snag some open source image from this collection on Flickr and print them on a 3in x 5in sheet in notebooks like this: I know the resolution is much lower than it needs to be (72dpi ...
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How can I create a letterhead template that doesn't break our company branding guidelines?

I'm a director of a nonprofit, and I've been working on a letterhead for my group that we can use. Nearly a decade ago, we had an actual graphic designer draw up a branding guide for us that we try ...
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Pdf output looks different when exported from InDesign vs CorelDraw?

I have created a design in CorelDraw. While publishing it to PDF, it gets washed out. That might be due to some color management issue. Now, when I'm create the same design in InDesign the PDF ...
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T-Shirt design from an A4 drawing?

I'll try to keep this as simple as I can. I'm just about to pen over a sketch on A4 paper but my intention is to print it on a shirt about A3 size. It's also a design which doesn't look very well ...
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What should a designer consider when laying out print materials for elderly audiences?

I'm in the process of doing layout for a trifold aimed at the elderly population in my town, and I'm looking for some recommendations from folks who have experience laying similar materials out for a ...
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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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CorelDraw to pdf color washing out

I'm pretty new to CorelDraw, coming from a background of Photoshop. Now I'm designing a Brochure which needs to be done in CorelDraw and exported to PDF for printing. I believe the press only prints ...
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What is the purpose of always locating/starting new chapters on odd pages?

I notice that in every book I have always start a new chapter in an odd page and it leads me to wonder why. I have some written work that's about 40 pages long and 7 chapters; should I follow that ...
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Can I fill a ink cartridge with any type of ink? Even valuable ink?

I have a project that requires the use of really valuable ink - particularly GOLD ink (made with real gold and a water based adhesive - very fine and smooth in texture), in order to get a near perfect ...
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How can I hire a manga artist, and what are the general cost factors associated with producing a comic?

If one had a story that was as yet undefined but wanted to work out the economics of a manga publication - how would one go about it? How does one get to top artists (any artist, otherwise)? Are ...
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What is the printing process of gold letter stationaries?

I've been interested in designing stationaries, such as cards, envelopes, etc. I've seen many gold lettered stationaries, and am wondering how to print gold (luminescence) lettering.
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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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What PPI settings should I use to print a poster from Photoshop?

Recently I needed to make an A3 size poster for my college fest so I opened up a new .psd, set the dimensions to 11.7" x 16.5" 300 PPI under 16-Bit. As you know the file size ran into 100 MBs and ...