Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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Certain Printing Specifications for Folding

I want to be able to print on tabloid paper then fold it like a booklet but with a spine. So essentially it would have two folds so that it somewhat represents a spine. I would also want to have it ...
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Printing a consistent grey: is that still a challenge with comic books?

In a documentary on the American TV series The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982, dir. K. Johnson, with Messrs. Bixby, Ferrigno etc.), the producer/director explains that he tried to petition Stan Lee to ...
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Printing poster from inDesign file

I've inherited an InDesign file and I'm new to the software. I need to send an exported PDF to print a 30"x40" poster from this InDesign file. The InDesign file was designed as a simple flyer, at ...
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How to ensure high print quality / fidelity when sending artwork to a print house?

I'm a web guy trying to be a print guy. Help. I'm pretty OK with Illustrator, but setting up a vector to get printed - they rarely ever look as crisp and clear as I expect them too. I followed the ...
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HD Video Still (1920x1080, 72dpi) upscaling resolution for banner use (6x2.5 metres) [duplicate]

I have a still i took from a video that is 1920 x 1080 at 72dpi and the client wants to use it to print on a banner approximately 6 meters by 2.5 metres. Is there anyway to increase the resolution ...
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How To Ask Fellow Designer For Native Files For Prepress Purposes Only?

I am the graphic designer and sole prepress person for a small quick print shop. I often come across issues with a file to be printed and cannot make the needed changes or compensations as they arise ...
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Are CMYK color profiles used when printing PDF files?

I have a PDF file, where all colors are in CMYK. Are CMYK color profiles used when printing this PDF file? There is a color profile on the PDF file, and then there is a color profile for the ...
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How do I generate Pantone swatch chart of all current PMS colors in Illustrator?

I need to generate a PMS swatch chart for all current PMS colors to do print tests off large format printers. We have old charts but need a current one. I am hoping there is a way to generate this ...
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Why can't you get one-off stickers/vinyls printed?

I am trying to find sites that can create one(or two)-off stickers/vinyls that are transparent. From what I am getting is that it may not be profitable enough to make it worth the company's time but ...
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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's the quality difference between 600 DPI & Offset printing?

I sell calendars online. I print them thousands at a time using offset printing at a local printing company. I'm considering printing them myself using a digital wide format printer - but I'm ...
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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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How to add white-space / padding / margin around the outside of a finished page layout in InDesign?

I am recently working on an InDesign template, however when I export the template as PDF the contents of the page reach to the far left of the page. I want to leave some gap on the left side, center ...
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Bleed on a banner

Hi I'm wondering if someone can help me. What bleed should I add to a banner that is 5 meters x 1.3 meters? Any help is much appreciated.
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How would I go about printing on plastic sheets?

I have a laser printer, and I wish to print onto plastic sheets for creating boxes to hold playing cards. How would one go about the printing process, or is it even possible? What plastic should I ...
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Problem with Print Booklet in InDesign

I'm trying to export a PostScript file of a book design in InDesign with pages arranged for a saddle-stitched book using the Print Booklet feature. The problem i'm having is this: Print Booklet ...
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What software can be used to create scientific posters?

For "political" reasons I used MS PowerPoint to create a scientific poster. Scientific means mainly having formulas, plots(they could be images), text and images. Although I would prefer to use LaTeX, ...
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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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product images/icons for printing company?

I work for a printing company, and our webshop is missing icons/images for our products. So, I've finally convinced my bossman to buy a pack, but we really can't find any... here are a few examples of ...
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Flat Plan/Dummy/Pagination - program suggestions for piecing a pub together

We produce magazines and the software I use to make the dummy (I've seen it called flat plan or pagination, basically where the editorial goes and where the ads go) is not going to offer updates in ...
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What is the proper sizing/image/resolution or whatever for shooting artwork for submission? [duplicate]

I create colored pencil art and I'm very confused about the whole thing of resolution: A professional print provider is doing the photo shoot of my artwork, and I was just handed an image that is 72 ...
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Should I expand the appearance of my gradients before printing?

I know that I should create outlines on all the text I'm using before printing to ensure that any unique typefaces get printed correctly, and I see that there are options to also expand gradient ...
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Help on Resizing a Photoshop document w/layers for print!

I hope someone can help me. I am creating packaging for a client, and I decided to create the file bigger than the die line. So the dieline lets say is 11x9.5 inches and I just scaled the vector ...
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What should be considered when using very thin lines on a print piece?

I'm designing a card game and my friend (who is a graphic designer and works at a commercial printing establishment) told me to keep in mind the thinness of my lines when sending the docs to print. ...
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Identifying printing quality issues

I have just received some business cards that I ordered to a local copy shop (not a printing house). The result is acceptable, but it doesn't look very professional. It is 87x54.5 mm, while the ...
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Exporting designs for professional magazine printing?

I have several PSDs, each PSD represents a page that makes up a small A6 magazine. Now firstly, I wanted to ask, do I send the individual PSD files to be printed? If so, what file type is best? ...
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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, ...