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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Inkscape generated vector image has stroke size that won't change with resizing

I made a vector graphic and saved it as pdf with Inkscape. The problem is that when I open the pdf, if I resize it the graphic get scaled, but the strokes keep their size. So if I make the graphic ...
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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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Do I absolutely need a bleed for the interior of my book, if images cross over the edge of the pages?

This is the first time I've put images next to the edges of the pages in my books. I understand that that the printer may cut 1/16 inch off the pages, so that's why I let the images slightly overlap ...
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Letter or A4: which is a more sensible default?

I have a document that recipients are expected (or are likely) to print on their own. It is not clear whether the majority of users will be US or non-US, so there isn't a clear preference for letter ...
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Halftone pattern within InDesign

One of QuarkXpress features I used a lot in the mid-nineties was the ability to apply an halftone pattern to any bitmap import. It was unbelievably effective when printing black&white graffiti ...
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How to print an image to specific physical dimensions on multiple pages

I have a personal project for which I have to print an image and I want it to have a printed size of 68x68cm. I only have an A4 printer. I know how to print an image on multiple pages, it's easy, but ...
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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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Illustrator: Resize Artboard With Objects Inside

I've been looking everywhere, and cannot find my answer so I wanted to ask here. I know how to re-size my artboard in Illustrator and all that, but I cannot get my artboard to re-size with objects ...
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Printing multi-page PDF with different copies of each page in Acrobat

I have a PDF with 20-30 pages. I want to print them but with different numbers of copies for each page. Right now I'm using Acrobat Reader. I know I can do this manually by selecting the page in the ...
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Exporting from InDesign to PDF - getting weird issues

We have a number of product brochures that we print internally in booklet format using a Ricoh MP C4503 Multi-functional copier. Our document creation process is to create the document in Adobe ...
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What techniques can be used to create a proper hierarchy of design elements?

This question is similar to this one and this one, but still different enough to merit it's own Q&A, imho. As a beginning designer, and up to this day, I have always struggled with a very basic ...
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<Indesign 2014 CC> How to save a booklet to PDF

My problem is that I nowhere find how to SAVE a 200x200 booklet from 8 pages on a A3. I already know that you need to save it to a postscript file. The thing is I dont have a A3 printer at home so ...
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Which color profile is appropriate for images being printed on canvas?

I want to know the best colour space settings for preparing an image for canvas printing. The research I've done mostly speaks about sRGB and some speak about Adobe RGB. I'm not sure what to do. ...
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How do I print in multicolor from Adobe Pagemaker 7?

I'm working on a 4-page newsletter for my college, and the only publishing software I'm good with is Adobe Pagemaker. I've completed 2 pages already, and they look real good. But the problem I knew ...
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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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Can you design print material with the intent to use LC and LM?

When printing material that will include photos it is best to use Lc and Lm (Light Cyan and Light Magenta) to aid in the quality of the print. The description from Wiki says: CcMmYK, sometimes ...
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Photoshop/ Illustrator Printing help? [duplicate]

I need to print a name board that's over 282' x 95' and i've come across a few issues; 1) Illustrator doesn't allow you to go beyond 227 inches 2) Photoshop allows this but im a little concerned ...
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Large Format Printing viewed fairly close- suggestions?

Assume we are idiots- that may help! We have been asked to cover /wrap the inside of an exhibition trailer's walls (approx 8m length and 1.5m height) with the image/s of sky (above the clouds) . ...
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Wall-Sized Canvas Print

I am trying to figure out the best medium (at a good intersection of cost and quality) for an approximately 10 ft x 10 ft print. (This is for an exhibit that I'm putting on with my own budget. I'll ...
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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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How to make a smooth PMS gradient transition in Illustrator

I'm currently working on versions of a logo that has some gradients. CMYK looks fine but I'm getting poor results with PMS. I would normally fix this by building a mixed ink in Indesign but it doesn't ...
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What size pixels do I use for an 8.5x11 document for print? [duplicate]

I'm a graphic designer out of the loop for years. I want to get back in and focus on print. I need guidance. If working in photoshop, what's the best canvas size, pixels and resolution for an 8.5x11 ...
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What 4c process blend best represents a yellow highlighter?

I'm creating a letter and want to include a highlighted section, I'm trying to find the best CMYK blend that represents that when printed.
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File Dimension Problems - Saving as JPEG and TIFF vs PDF

I have just submitted my first design to a print shop; an advert for a magazine measuring 3.333" x 4.583" at 300 dpi. This was a simple design created in Photoshop, layering a logo over an image. When ...
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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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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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How can a designer explain their work to non-creative people?

One issue I face personally is how can I, as a designer, effectively explain my work to potential clients or people that do not have a creative side. I know how to explain what software or process was ...
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When designing for apparel how should the canvas be addressed?

I am aware that most screen printing or DTG (Direct To Garment) have a maximum print size but I'm curious to know what is the proper way to address apparel designs when the intended design is to be ...
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how to fix a illustrator .jpeg file from being blurry?

I am making my son's birthday invitation on illustrator. It looks perfectly fine until I save it for web so it will be a .jpeg so I can print it. Once it is a .jpeg it looks blurry. I am planing to ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is color appearing different between pieces designed for print?

I have recently designed an A5 leaflet in Photoshop and a Standard Business Card in Illustrator for print (Working CMYK). I have saved both documents as PDFs and have tried using several of Adobe's ...
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How to change 'print' margins using Adobe Illustrator?

My document size is US Legal paper size (14 X 8.5 inches). I've chosen that setting under the page setup. In the viewer window, I can see that there are what seems to be preset margins, and my design ...
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What should you ask the printer?

We get a lot of questions in regards to what should my file spec be, what should I do with X and Y, how should I do my black etc. etc. and a large majority of the time we suggest to ask the printer ...
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Making annotations in figures of the same font size as main text

What is the best way to ensure the same font size in figures as in main text with open source formats and programs like Inkscape or Scribus? A typical use case: I would like to include a figure ...
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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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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 does a monitor display the CMYK color? Is it actually showing the true CMYK color?

Suppose I'm designing something for printing purposes. Then I need to stick with CMYK model. When ever I'm choosing color while designing, I'm setting color based on what my monitor shows me as CMYK. ...
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How do I create a two-page InDesign document to be printed as a double-sided sheet?

I'm trying to create a file where it shows two pages, that will eventually be printed as a double-sided sheet. I'm using InDesign CC, OS X, 10.9.4. I have already created the first page. And I'm ...
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Free Print production alternative of Acrobat Pro?

I really love the features about the print preview and other print production functions in Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. Especially preview of selected color profiles (CMYK, RGB, NON-CMYK, etc...), preview of ...
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Critique: How to display competitors options alongside your own without confusion? [closed]

I am designing a flyer and need to compare competitors against the product the flyer is promoting. There are three options, the product and the 2 competitors. I will have my product in in the middle ...
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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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How to print a double-sided, tiled print from an InDesign file?

I have a 22in x 69in chart that I need to print tiled from InDesign CC. It is double-sided. Can I print both sides as 1 tiled print, so I don't have to assemble both sides separately?
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Photoshop Document size for large print [duplicate]

It is the first time when i need to create an image for big print. The real print size will be 2m x 90 cm (200 cm x 90 cm / 6.5 ft x 2.95 ft) If i create a document in Photoshop with this real ...
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Stroke weight in print

I was once told that if you want a stroke to print, it cannot be lower than a certain weight. I would like to know a) if this is true b) if so, does it it apply to both offset and digital printing and ...
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Overlapping text with InDesign's data merge

I'm trying to set up a book of song lyrics with a two-column layout. I'd like to pack as many songs as a page as will fit, so I tried doing a data merge with multiple records per page. This works ...
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What's this printing technique called?

Basically printing 3d letters for indoors (or outdoor) like on the picture? Is there a special printing technique involved in the making of these letters?