Questions tagged [print-design]

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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PDF-X test print output intent

here is my problem, no matter what I use for an output intent, the same colors are always printed. As far as I understand it, you can use output intent to display colors on the monitor and in print ...
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How to correct the color of one image based on another image in GIMP?

I have an image that I want to adjust in GIMP to make it look like a target image which is approved for printing. I'm just not sure how to get from the source image to the target with GIMP. Source: ...
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DPI for A0 size [duplicate]

When designing an A0 sized poster (1189mm x 841mm), what DPI should your images be? Would they still need to be 300dpi? or could you get away with around 200–250ish seeing as people will be viewing it ...
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Photo currently in Figma file - how to use it for print / Illustrator?

I'm looking to print a photo as part of Illustrator Artwork I'm creating - the photo is currently in a Figma file, though, and I see that I cannot export it in TIFF format. What would be the best way ...
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Why does non-proportional scaling cause a problem on a printing press?

I'm in prepress and for a long time I have know that it is a no-no to have images non-proportionally scaled but no one has ever explained why? Does it error out when it gets to the RIP? What is the ...
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InDesign zero inner bleed not possible

I am new to making a InDesign document print ready (magazine) and I am facing a problem that I could not find the answer to from other threads. What I have: InDesign double page spread Pictures ...
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Removing a preset print border in Inkscape

Very new to Inkscape… When I import a PNG and resize to the exact size I require (221×268) and then send to print, a border keeps appearing on the printed sheet. I can not find any setting to remove ...
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The best way to screen print and protect areas?

I am fairly new to screen printing, and I am taking on the challenge of screen printing some jerseys for my soccer team. I have these plain white Nike shirts and I want to screen print a basic pattern ...
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When working in an AI file at 1/6th scale, will raster images in the document maintain their native quality when scaling up to full size?

I'm designing a 36"x48" poster in Adobe Illustrator and I want to work at 1/6th scale to keep file size low. I have to include raster images as part of this project. Working at 1/6th scale ...
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Should I sign an infographic?

I work in a company, but not as a graphic designer. I also studied graphic design, so they asked me to make an infographic on what to do in case of earthquakes. They will not pay me for it. My ...
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What happens if a commercial printer is using another profile than a file sent to be printed is converted to?

Let's say that I have received info that ink limit should be 300% (this might or might not be accurate), but no info about the specific profile. I convert the files to Iso coated v2 300. What happens, ...
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setting up CMYK gradient's to transparent on top of other CMYK colors? ("Overprint Fill"?)

I stepped away from print design for a while and forget somethings and I have rush job. With latest version of adobe illustrator and setting up CMYK gradient's to transparent on top of other CMYK ...
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Laser printer faintly printing where it shouldn't be [closed]

I am not sure what to call this problem, but the laser printer (HP Color Laser Jet Pro) is doubling some of the print where it shouldn't be in a faint way. How could I fix this, or what is this ...
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Increase print quality with PS - modification of image resolution and sharpness parameters

I am a newbie regarding Adobe Photoshop. I am trying to increase resolution and sharpness of several images to increase print quality to create some proxy cards for my son (private use). I don't ...
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How do I keep individual objects, each a different color, from changing to a single color when I duplicate or group? It is an SVG file in Inkscape

This is a purchased file. When I group, duplicate, or print the colors of the individual letters change to a single color.
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What is a good book on brochure design?

I'm looking for good books about creating brochures to learn more about how to structure one and such. I've tried to search Amazon but could mostly only find more inspirational-focused books (a lot of ...
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Graphic Design brochure [closed]

I want to design a brochure-like the image and I don't know what size I will use in adobe InDesign ??
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How would you achieve this punk/distressed aesthetic? [closed]

I came across this poster online and I absolutely fell in love with the kind of blend of different textures coupled with this grunge aesthetic, do you have any idea how to recreate those effects ? I ...
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Margin specification on page

When designing an A4 size flyer, do I have to put margins so as to know the printable areas of the A4 size page... If not, I wish to know if all areas of the A4 size page would be printable..
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Unknown icons are showing in Figma

I am working on a landing page website in Figma, and the problem I am facing is that there are 2 facebook icons are showing when I am previewing my design. Though I don't have any icons on my artboard....
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Printed PDF has black box instead of shadow

We received a PDF from our client to forward it to the printing house (I hope that is the correct english term, I'm talking about offset print) and later we combine the printed result with our product....
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Can you connect a risograph to a pc running linux?

We're trying to connect a Riso MZ7U to a computer running Ubuntu. The link to download official drivers from Riso is https://www.riso.com/download/ They only have drivers available for Windows and Mac....
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Trouble with distributing space between diagonal rows

I'm trying to space out these diagonal rows evenly, but I have failed to accomplish this, since they seem to take random positions every time I use either Horizontal Distribute Space or Horizontal ...
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How did Tove Jansson work with the illustrations for her book "Who Will Comfort Toffle"?

I'm very fascinated by the illustrations by Tove Jansson in her book Who Will Comfort Toffle? You can see some examples of the printed images in this search. In short, the images are printed in 7 spot ...
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Printed outcome is larger than what was set in Photoshop

I am thinking to print out a photo with words edited in using Photoshop however I noticed that the output is slightly larger than what was set in the dimensions. I tried printing directly from ...
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What type of design is called when categories of catalog cut through on the right side?

I need a template to design something like this, but I don't know the proper term for it. Does anyone know what this type of design is called, when categories cut through on the right side of a ...
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When I am printing an Indesign file certain characters are not printing or printing looking like hieroglyphics?

I have tried printing from Indesign and it leaves out letters or changes them to some unknown characters. I have also saved the file as a pdf then printed and I still have the same problems. Not only ...
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Why are Pantone Bridge CMYK levels slightly different between Coated and Uncoated?

Pantone Solid – Shows same formula, different outcome. Pantone Bridge – Shows different formula(C 0,0,56,0 vs. U 0,0,50,0) and different outcome? So Pantone Solid defines formulas for their spot ...
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How can I test issues with transparent boxes printing from Indesign PDFs?

I'm troubleshooting a sign for print, made in Indesign by someone else. As happens sometimes, the file in Indesign and as an exported PDF appear correctly, but when printed have semi-transparent boxes ...
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Isn't Slug redundant, when Bleed oversteps the page and Bleed < Slug?

I read Scott's explanation, but Slug still feels redundant to me. Because Bleed < Slug, then whenever you cut the paper at Bleed, you inescapably will have cut off the Slug simultaneously. What ...
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Rudimentary explanation - ArtBox, BleedBox, CropBox, MediaBox, TrimBox

I tried 4 different sets of definitions below, but they're still too abstruse! English ISN'T my first language. You don't have to read any thing below this line...I'm just showing all my work like ...
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Freelance graphic design - who sends the proofs?

I am a freelance graphic artist. I deal with a print broker. He has clients that he needs proofs for for print projects. I set up the proofs. Is it my responsibility as a rule to send the proofs to ...
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Printing multiple pictures

Maybe this question is too basic to ask here, but I googled it, and did not get my answer. I have 15 images, each of different dimensions. All are portrait images (height>width). I want to make ...
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Saving work flow for print, web, original scan files in GIMP

How does everyone deal with work flow and xcf files - like if you need to make 3 versions of same image i.e. : save image for web save image for print save image as original scan Do you touch up the ...
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Should you use full stop in a quote that have quotation marks?

So I checked some quote poster designs and billboard designs on Pinterest but one thing was confusing. Some were using a full stop in the end of quote (i.e., just before the "). For example: &...
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Overprint with laser a inkjet print and vice versa

I would like if that's possible to overprint an inkjet print with a laser one in order to put a toner only in some areas and process this multi layered paper with additional finishing after. I've ...
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how to Separate this image into 2 spot color in photoshop?

This image is just a sample since I am not allowed to attach the actual artwork. but the concept is to separate this artwork into Black and Purple that is going to be printed on a White canvas, what I ...
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How to choose appropriate grids for layouts in a publication

This is more of a design question than a technical one so am not sure if this is the appropriate forum to ask in... I’m planning on making an A5 publication but I am quite new to using grids and I am ...
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How to determine final greyscale look of printed color by B&W printer

I need to design a pdf document that can be both readable on a computer and on a paper printed using a "black & white" (i.e. greyscale) printer. Notably I want: to ensure that some text ...
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Laser Printer Leaving Uneven Shine

In the past two decades of having owned both inkjet and laser printers, I've noticed a common issue among laser printers. While high-end ink jet printers have always produce high quality photographic ...
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Printing a Vinyl Sticker "Skin" for a large City-Owned Bin (Skins for Binz)

Apologies for the extremely newbie question, but I'm way out of my area of expertise here. I'm working with a municipal government on a community composting program. Several large bins consisting of a ...
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Soft proofing a duotone separated image in Photoshop

I need to prepared B&W images for 2-color offset printing. The print company advised to use 2 × blacks (one neutral black and one slightly warm tinted black), to get really appealing blacks in ...
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Should I convert a 2-color grey to a 4-color grey to get a consistent color when printed?

I have created a logo where the brand color is a cool grey. The CMYK values for the grey are C10 M0 Y0 K68. I do realise that the grey is going to look different depending on the printer. My client ...
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how much should I pay my graphic designers for clothing? [closed]

I have 2 graphic designers working for me right now, one a senior level, and the other is at amateur level. WE'RE currently paying per design by a fixed cost and commission. The senior graphic ...
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How do i sell multiple sizes of a digital art print?

I'm hoping to sell some digital art prints on Etsy but I'm very lost as to how I can provide various sizes for one aspect ratio. I'm aware this seems like a very dumb question to ask but I am really ...
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PLEASE HELP making a file with the most insane dimensions I have ever seen

I am trying to PhotoShop decals for a vending machine going into my works new office building but cant make any sense of this blueprint let alone measure its dimensions accurately into photoshop. If ...
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What is this kind of CD packaging called?

A client has just asked me if we can package their new album as in this photograph: I've never seen one of these before. Web searches not helping too much. Looks like the outer box is made of plastic....
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Can I use 200% black ink for text to be sent to the printers?

This is what I (think I) know: Rich blacks (e.g. 60/40/40/100 CMYK) are to be avoided on small objects like texts, because even the best printing machine may have a slight misalignment, making a ...
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Is it a good idea to "invert" mostly-black screenshots for printing?

I'm working on a book and there are some screenshots I'd like to use as figures. However, due to the topic of the book (retrocomputing), the screenshots are mostly black, with a small handful of ...
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Does anyone know how to create this kind of pattern design in Illustrator or Photoshop?

I tried colour blend mode to create a gradient like in the picture, in Illustrator and Photoshop too, but the output was not like that. If anyone knows how to create this kind of design in Photoshop ...
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