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It would depend on a few factors. The best solution would be for you to contact the printer and select a paper, trim size, and quantity and they can help you with the spine thickness measurement. Some printers even have auto generating templates that will ask you a few questions like this and can be able to output your measurements and even generate a ...


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I can't speak for everyone, but I generally have no issue providing files for press. I do not provide native files to clients for free. Perhaps the issue is the client is your middle-man. Any client asking for files is met with a pretty standard "they aren't free, see the contract" response. Any press house asking for files is treated differently. If you ...


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In addition to creating your own printer marks or page info, the Registration swatch can be very handy in creating masks. Often a mask consisting of only K will not completely mask a CMYK object. So, using Registration for the mask "black" tends to be more complete. It's not very easy to see in InDesign specifically, but "feather" effects utilize the ...


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You're right that it's a little superfluous, especially because InDesign will add any printer marks during export. Registration black is really for adding any custom printer marks or page info. Because registration black will use 100% CMYK for each value, that's 400% ink coverage and should obviously be used in small quantities. Hope that helps?


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How should I communicate to the designer that I need their native files for prepress purposes ONLY? Is that even acceptable? We have missed deadlines in the past for our clients because their designer cannot make the needed changes in time, or does it incorrectly, or not at all. I do not know many designers who will hand off their native files ...


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Choosing or getting the printhouse to select the right stock is important, different papers (and inks/print method) get different results, there is a minimum visible print size, but I doubt that was the issue - in all cases get a proof of the print job and make the supplier stick to it, they dont want you to be disappointed so offering you the help you ...


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Anything that is created as a vector shape in Photoshop is scalable as long as it remains a vector shape. But you have to keep in mind that it will NOT be a vector shape if you make the layer a Smart Object or if you place the PSD into any other application. In both cases, the result will be rasterized and will look pixelated if scaled up. Be sure to Save ...


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A more-or-less hidden quirk of InDesign (and all Adobe applications) is that it considers 1 pixel == 1 point. If you export directly to PDF, you'll get a print document that is 1600 points x 900 points. You can set up an alternate layout that has the page size you need (either within the same document or separately) with all content linked back to your ...


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If you're using CC-2014 I would suggest setting the InDesign document up as print (A4 document setup): after completing your designs I would go to File > Export (cmd+E) and choose a format of Adobe PDF (Interactive): then you will be prompted for the settings: There are some tutorials on how to create an interactive PDF but you could edit the ...


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The card printer asks that all images be at 300dpi, the industry standard for printing. Well, it's not an industry standard as much as a typical rule of thumb for printing photos at actual size. 300dpi is a decent print quality for that. But it's a really low resolution for flat line art or type--so it really depends on the type of art you're working ...


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We need to understand how a user will utilize this map. Will a person be looking up a place by name (in which case the alphabetized list makes sense) or by location (in which case everything should be sorted by number) or some other way (maybe by categorization?) I'd also ask some questions: is there significance between black roads and green roads? is ...


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Do not trust the on-screen display of a print-ready .pdf. Ever. Seriously, any and all .pdf viewers have huge problems rendering print-ready .pdfs on-screen. One of the common rendering errors is indeed with hairlines between areas of different opacity, or intersected by areas of different opacity or blending. Mostly, these hairlines are artefacts of the ...


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You should be aware that pixels do not equal print centimetres at all. There are many factors in play in this specific problem, but mainly you should start by setting your canvas to a print size, and specify it in the final medium you want to print on. If you're aiming towards a DIN A4 document, the size es 210mm wide by 297mm tall. Resolution also plays a ...


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You can check with your printer or online printer for guidelines/templates depending on the size postcard you are designing for Direct Mail. Any post office will tell you if your PC will work if you take a sample to them. For a 4x6 PC with a mailing panel you can see the attached for reference. I have done thousands of DM pieces and have always stuck with ...


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In the wikipedia article on spot color: In offset printing, a spot color is any color generated by an ink (pure or mixed) that is printed using a single run. [CMYKOG...] The two additional spot colors are added to compensate for the ineffective reproduction of faint tints using CMYK colors only. However, offset technicians around the world use ...



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