i clip an image in 8.5 "x11" standard paper size. and want to write on it. do i have to place any other rectangle behind it? so that the printing guy wont have ny problem to print it? or writing on the clipping masked image will be enough! i just need to know....enter image description here

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    I don't understand what is being asked.
    – Scott
    Mar 16, 2020 at 21:05
  • well you know if i dnt put any thing above artboard... the printing guy/company will use their own paper right/ (i learn it from here) so i want to know f i write on the image will that cause any problem?? i mean will the printing guy print it at their own sweet will?using their own paper as i didn't put anything above the art board except the clipped image) Mar 16, 2020 at 21:08
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    I still don't understand. The artboard in Illustrator designates the printable area. Whatever is on the artboard will be printed.
    – Scott
    Mar 16, 2020 at 23:04
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    In general... what you see will be printed if it is on the artboard.
    – Scott
    Mar 17, 2020 at 6:12
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    Apologies, but your initial post is so confusingly written that it is incomprehensible. To get decent answers, the question has to be understandably written and clear. I strongly suggest you read How to Ask and How to Answer, then edit your question to be clearer, or someone will vote to close it as unclear. Mar 17, 2020 at 16:38

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TLDR: Do not rely on masks, rectangles or any other graphic elements to indicate print area. To prevent erros, select the appropriate page size in document settings.

I used to be the printer guy and received all kind of files and formats to print. The best advice about error free printing is "information, information, information". You have to tell every detail about what you want. If the art is sent by a website form, use the comments field. If it is sent by email, write the instructions instead of just attaching the file. Write instructions on the file name, like "poster - 8.5x11 no resize - CMYK - Portrait.PDF". Select the appropriate/correspondent page size in the document. Do not rely on masks, background rectangles or random lines to indicate the print area, it is confusing. If it is extremely necessary, write instructions on the final art itself, OUTSIDE the print area and if you have any other questions, ask the printer guy if more information is needed.

  • Thankyou so much. can you please tell me what makes an illustrator file broken? Mar 17, 2020 at 16:28
  • i mean when printing company term an ai file 'broken' ....and they cant open it? Mar 17, 2020 at 16:29
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    @SuraiyaAbedin you should as a general rule not send AI files. send PDF files. If you send ai files be sure to send any linked assets also.
    – joojaa
    Mar 17, 2020 at 17:30
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    Well a lot of things can damage AI files. Generally speaking a file goes wrong when Illustrator try to decode it and find something in the code it cannot deal neither ignore. It can be inexistent font (in this case AI asks for new font and goes on), complex vectors multiplied inside patterns or file data corruption. Recovering is unlikely, but it's possible try other programs (like Corel Draw or Inkscape) to open the file and convert it, so work could be restored some way.
    – Ale Macedo
    Mar 17, 2020 at 17:37
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    @AleMacedo wow. Thank you. learnt lots from your comment. Mar 17, 2020 at 17:46

In most cases, white (especially in a background) is read by printers as "no ink" and so what you leave white on a design will end up the colour of the paper, as it gets "knocked out" in the printing process.

If you stop and think about it, this makes sense: if you were printing on white paper, anything white in a design would be created in the print via not inking that area - so by extension, if your chosen bond is a mid-brown craft paper, the white design areas will end up craft paper brown in your final product.

As to creating false coloured paper by laying down that colour or tone in a background shape - this will work only if you are then having the paper trimmed to remove the portion left un-inked by the press or printer - despite all advertising indicating otherwise, there is still no printer which truly prints edge-to-edge, so anything requiring colour to the very edge is created by setting what's called int he industry a "bleed" - that is, a distance BEYOND the edge of the artboard and beyond the printing area to which you extend all colour fields or images intended to be at the very edge of the paper.

The printer then trims down to the new edge, and your colour field or image now goes right to the edge - or "bleeds".

This of course requires the raw print to be done on a larger sheetstock and trimmed to the appropriate size, so you then pay for the labour to trim and the original paperstock size used to create the final product.

It is true there are specific special conditions in which white may actually be a colour of ink or toner explicitly called for - but this is an atypical workflow relative to the vast preponderance of prints - and bluntly - spot colours, separations, Pantone definitions and so on are the province of the industry of professional graphic designers and print shops - of which you clearly are not part.

I hope this helps clarify things a bit - I am really unsure that I'm answering the question you intend, as it's very unclear - but based on the comments thread you have with Scott, I think this might help.

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    Thank you so much. i have learnt a LOT from your answer. Thank you again... i simply wanted to know -- if i have a clipping mask image in a standard paper size (8.5"x11") and write on it - will that cause any problem for the printer-- YES OR NO. simple. but yeah your answer helps me to clear my concept :) Mar 17, 2020 at 17:40

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