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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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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Apply MasterPage to even pages in QuarkXpress

I have created a new project with automatic text box (non facing pages) and have created a second master page that I would now like to apply to all even pages. InDesign has this option when I ...
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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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Tile stitch together hundreds of vector files

I need to generate large-scale print of audio waveform. I still do not have exact dimensions of final print, but it should be around 5-7 meters long "one-off" print. So far I've been able decode ...
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What are the dimensions of a business card?

As per the title. What are the dimensions of a business card that fits in a wallet? (i believe it is a global standard?) Bonus marks if you can give the history behind how it arrived at that ...
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Printing a 11x17 booklet [on hold]

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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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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How can I prepare a magazine file for print?

I have some questions about preparing the final magazine file for print. I'm making a magazine in InDesign CC and I need it to make using ISO coated v2 ECI. Every picture in magazine before I place it ...
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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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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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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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How to resolve a problem with exporting in CorelDraw?

When I'm working in CorelDraw and my paper size is A4 (it's shows in the left upper corner) I keep the size of my poster into the limits of my borders/paper. Meanwhile, I have nothing changed in the ...
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What price should I charge for design services?

I was hoping I would find some people in the industry that could help me decide what's the best price to charge to design (in this case) business cards. What are standard prices for professional ...
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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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Choosing placement of colorbar and registration marks in illustrator

In Illustrator's print dialog, I can choose trim marks and color bars, however it decides to place them outside of the print area. The print I'm working on will be die-cut and would like to move the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Overprint on metal containers or plastic tubes

I am submitting art to be offset printed on aerosol cans and plastic tubes. It uses 2 PMS colours. One plate is a 100% flood. The other one is a linear gradient from 0% to 100%. The gradient is to be ...
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What term is used to refer to cut vinyl stickers?

I'm looking to have a decently sized run (anywhere from 100-1000, depending on cost) of stickers made using my company's logo. My standard sources for vinyl stickers don't seem to have options for cut ...
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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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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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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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CorelDraw save PDF with RGB for print

Im not getting a quality pdf while saving with CMYK color. If I change it to RGB mode, I get desired output on pdf as shown on CorelDraw. Can anyone tell me whether there will be any issue in ...
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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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Should I design business cards in InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop?

Basically what the question says, what are the pro's and cons to using InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop for business cards? Or is there something else you prefer to use?
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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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Critique: Geometric Themed Business Card for a Design Business

I tried to follow the guidelines here and here but if this question doesn't meet the guidelines please tell me. I am working on designing a personal business card for my design firm in Illustrator ...
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Creating a color scheme that looks good on screen and when photocopied in black and white

I'm trying to create a color scheme for text headlines that will have distinctly different colors for each level of header, but will also print out mostly dark. I looked at http://colorbrewer2.org/ , ...
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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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Critique: Military Veteran Themed Business Card Design

I am looking for a sort of Review of some work that I did for a contest (I didn't win). Personally I think that the business cards look awesome. I used graphics and such from the client's site. I ...
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How to prepare a design for CMYK printing?

This was asked in another thread. When I searched to see if this question has been asked before it was not. Per Meta we are encouraged to create threads that show quality solutions or to future ...
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Setting up bleed/margin for printing [closed]

I have to create a 400 page book with the measurements height: 16cm by 24cm in Adobe InDesign. It is intended for publishing, but what are the bleed and margin measurements I need to follow so that it ...
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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 ...
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Designing 3 Billboards

So I have to design 3 billboards and this is pretty much my first time doing it where it goes to print. I'm used to designing small scale stuff so this task is a bit daunting. I would just like to ...
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Substituting Black C for Process Black in a two-spot color job

I have a two-spot job that uses a Pantone Blue C and a Pantone Black C. I need to create various tints of the black spot, but I don't really like using Pantone blacks for tints. From a production ...