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I personally would let it slide since they are a regular client. It sounds as if it was a communication issue, so you may want to let them know somehow, "Hey we removed this item from the invoice due to a misunderstanding, but please note that our design fee is XXX for furture reference." That way they are aware, and you look like the "good guy" to a ...


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Ask them if they have a template? At our print shop we offer a full template selection that allows designers to enter in their desired output and it will email them a template file. We did this because many questions and files we received proved to be an issue in regards to accurate bleed, trim, and non-print elements. What black do you guys print? ...


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Yes, Photoshop could be used to design a magazine. But, so could MSPaint. This is absolutely a job suited for InDesign. InDesign has much better tools for typesetting. If I didn't have InDesign available to me, I'd probably even use word processing software to lay everything out instead of going with Photoshop. It's definitely not the tool for the job.


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In addition to other answers, specific questions For advertising... What is the live area of the advertisement? Advertising is sold in "spaces". Many refer to things such as "half-page" or "quarter-page". These ambiguous terms mean nothing to a designer. Exact measurements need to be be acquired in order to properly configure the size of any ...


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Specific to screen printing What type of inks do you have available? Plastisol, water-based, solvent-based... The type of ink used will have an effect on the appearance, the texture of the print, and how durable it will be. Don't hesitate to ask for a printed sample of what they've got available. Do you you use any ink matching systems? Pantone Solid ...


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It's common to refer to these elements as "registration marks" but that's not completely accurate. There are multiple components: Registration marks: thin lines/circles on multiple axes to detect misalignment between color plates. This is what the "Registration" swatch is commonly used for. Color bars: solid and screen value blocks of color (sometimes ...


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I design a lot of order forms. While I've never quite looked at it as "what's the type size of handwriting", I do try and leave at least 20pts between form lines to allow for writing. I traditionally will set the form labels at about 9 or 10pts (smaller than other text) then have 12-14pts of leading and 6pts of space after. So, rough total of 28-30pts ...


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Overprint preview in Illustrator somewhat works. In Illustrator, you can draw a rectangle which matches your stock color. Place it on a layer below all other layers and lock it. Use the Attributes Panel in Illustrator to set subsequent objects to overprint. Then in the View menu, choose Overprint Preview. Unfortunately, this same method doesn't ...


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RGB is a color space that can only exist with projected light. It's physically impossible to replicate it on paper, which is a reflected light color space. So no, no printing press can 'print RGB'. At best, prepress RIP software can convert from RGB to CMYK. In fact, this is what most prepress software workflows do. How they convert to CMYK can vary ...


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I was hoping someone with experience of this sort of vinyl print design would answer but since they haven't yet, here's what I'd try if it was me dropped in at the deep end on this project: I haven't tried actually making the sphere but it looks like all the joins and curves would be in the right places to straighten and match when the template is printed ...


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First, all chapter/module/lesson starting pages should always appear on the right page, not the left as in your examples. I would combine the Module and unit page to a single page with the module number and unit title similar to how you have the unit page (but on the right) _________________________________ | | | | ...


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Branding collateral could also be written (with the same meaning) - Collateral to branding. This is everything that supports the brand. Things like stationery, web-banners, posters, flyers etc. Collateral is officially defined as: Situated or running side by side; parallel So, to this, you can assume that branding collateral is something that runs ...


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Things to consider: Larger inner margin not outer. A larger inner margin helps prevent text from being crammed into the gutter of the spine. If you don't leave ample margin for the inner side you may find it gets difficult to read text near the gutter with every additional page. Creep. Creep happens when books are bound. Each signature needs to be slightly ...


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As plainclothes has said, the dash is composed of several em-dashes. One might call it a long dash... Dickinson is best known for writing brief poems, often untitled, consisting of short lines peppered with long dashes, which mark her out as a more modern voice among her contemporary 19th-century poets. [Daily Telegraph] ...or perhaps an anonymisation ...


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Get a sample of the paper and print in color on it. It's the only way either of you will see anything close to what it really looks like. You could try creating a layer in Photoshop which is the color of your paper, and putting your colored photo on top of it with a certain amount of transparency (ETA or blend mode, as Dominic suggests), but those are ...


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RGB color is for light-producing situations, and is additive, which means that you are adding light of one color to light of another color, resulting in more light and a mixed color. CMYK color is for light-absorbing situations, and is subtractive, which means that you are absorbing light instead of reflecting it, and mixing two pigments results in ...


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You need to use Photoshop. You should never blur the image it will just make it look bad. Use the Offset filter Filter>other>offset to nudge the image so that the edge of the tiling is in the editable area. From there you need to paint/clone out the seams before using the offset filter again to return the image back to its original position. Example of an ...


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My question: Can I create a magazine exclusively using PhotoShop? YES you can, BUT this is not the industry standard and it is highly frowned upon. See last paragraph. My understanding: It should simply be a case of using CMYK and an adequately high resolution. The standard is 300dpi for print, but again, that depends on the medium, ...


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Something no-one has mentioned yet: Running headers. This is where every page tells you the title of the section that you're in. Most layout applications like InDesign have features for this where you place a running header text variable in a master page set to look at a particular paragraph style and it pulls in the text automatically, with rules about ...


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Double-click the "White" swatch in the Swatches Panel inside Illustrator. Change the top dropdown menu to Spot Color: Click Okay. Now select all the white elements in your piece and ensure they are using that swatch for the stroke/fill color. Note, simply adjusting the Swatch options isn't enough. You'll have to manually reset all the objects using ...


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Instead of looking at this from the perspective of the person writing in the form, I would look at it from the perspective of the person reading the form. What is the expectation they have from the legibility of handwriting. What allows the reader the easiest access of information? Obviously that's not the most concrete of answers so I'll put some real ...


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I believe what you are referring to is heat transfers from off the shelf that use an iron on graphic which is designed for personal usage. There is also sublimation printing which still uses heat to transfer and typically the graphic is digitally printed on a special film: Sublamination Infographic Process: DTG (direct to garment) uses spray on ink ...


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We'd likely need to refer you to this question--namely the first line of the first answer: Ask your vendor. Alas, that's the only 'correct' answer here as whatever solution you come up with, you're going to have to be partnering with your vendor that will be printing it. And they are going to help you figure out the specific software, layout, ...


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I don't believe that the option exists as print-layout software is focused on laying ink on paper. Since "white" is the absence of ink, it acts as a transparent background. Keep on mind that unless you are laying a base of ink as a spot color on top of your specialty paper, you will not have any "white" areas in your print. In fact all non-black colors will ...


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You are over developing a process that some will never understand in the book world. The best advise I can give you is keep it simple. Many publishers use the Part/Chapter method and that is a process that usually everyone understands and I will explain. Now there is two ways, depending on how you want to lay it out to execute this. Part I To ...


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Yes. In general, any materials which leave the clients' office should be branded, that includes forms. Some alteration from a letterhead may be required to fulfill the requirements of the form, but the same elements should be present - identity and contact information. In some cases, I've designed two letterheads - A primary letterhead for most usage, ...


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I deal with this question and situation every day. If we were printing it, I'd ask you to build the artwork at 100% size (4436mm x 1300mm) at 125 to 300 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). Then I would suggest that you avoid using Photoshop for this job if at all possible, and instead provide vector artwork from something like Illustrator. As you've discovered, the ...


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In Illustrator, keep your die lines in a separate layer. You can set that layer to non-print in the Layer Options dialog (double click on the layer). Checking the Template box will also make it a non-print layer: When you go to print, make sure that Visible & Printable Layers is selected for Print Layers.


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Spherical projections onto a 2D surface can quickly get complicated and confusing. The image in that forum post is what's known as an "interrupted projection". It's quite similar to an interrupted sinusoidal projection. I understand you're probably not making a globe of the Earth, but you might have better luck searching for cartography solutions. This ...


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In order to break out spot colors, you must use the Channels Panel. There is no other way if you need proper separations. This is often one reason Photoshop is simply a poor tool to use if you need Pantone colored-text, especially small text. Rather than write a lengthy tutorial on spot colors here are a few links to follow (I'm not specifically endorsing ...



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