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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Finding non shiny dark color

I am developing a star chart. As of now, I am using pure black color (HTML #000000) for the background to display the stars on. I have a sample that was printed by Posterbrain, and that was laminated....
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Why is my vector file pixelated after printing it on big glass surfaces?

I'm working for a company making glass walls with prints on it. It works fine with images but when I send them something with vector it becomes pixelated after printing, they also reported that on big ...
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How to save as high resolution print at a specific dimensional size with InkScape 1.2+

I have InkScape 1.2.2 installed and I have a print preperation question. Based on my attached screenshot... You will see that I have a document that is 7 by 5 inches for the page size. It has an ...
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Advantages of non-white background in typography

Financial Times website has a non-white background, namely, 255,240,229 in sRGB. However, the text is not black: 50,48,46 (the title is black). Are there any advantages of such color scheme for web ...
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With GIMP 2.10, how can I automatically sort and organize layers most efficiently on a canvas?

In order to print a lot of photos at scale, I create a huge canvas in GIMP and drag the images, then organize by hand. The result looks like this. I feel like GIMP could do its own organization of ...
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Adding bleed around clipping mask irregular shap

I have an irregular shape that is going to be printed. The printing requires a 0.125" bleed. The shape is created through a clipping mask to isolate the object from a background. How do I add a ...
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Help identifying printing color technology and style

I'm looking for the correct printing terms to describe the attached image of an early trading card. It seems to be some form of chromolithography. Does this sound correct? Are there more specific ...
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Any freeware programs for CMYK .tiff?

So, I'm a grad student trying to submit a scientific paper for publication. One requirement is that all graphs need to be .tiff with CMYK colors. Graphs were made in R and Inkscape, and that's pretty ...
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Photoshop saves images in a larger size than specified while creating the document

I realized this when using the Photshop generated A4 sized image as a Word template. Word tells me the image is larger than A4 and I verified this using an online tool as well. I selected the ...
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Pantone or CMYK for Product Label

We have redesigned our product labels for our supplement brand and want to know from professional graphic designers and print savvy individuals if most product labels you see in retail stores use ...
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How did they prepare an image for printing before Adobe?

How were images even prepared for printing before Adobe? What was the printing process? I really seem to be missing what they were doing between the Gutenberg press and the Adobe software when it ...
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What are these two types of lay-flat binding called?

I'm in the process of printing a book. I would like to use lay-flat binding. What are the following two types of lay-flat binding called? Lay-flat binding type 1: Lay-flat binding type 2 Please ...
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Printing double sided static window cling

I need a double sided banner placed on a storefront window. Preferably a static window cling, but if that's not possible, a sticker paper. I am not looking for a mirrored design. There is text printed ...
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Rasterize images for print manually

I'm trying to experiment with a thing. I have a laser printer that have both PCL and PS capabilities, however the image rendition is kinda poor, the print is very noisy. I've seen some better printers ...
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format page sizes for 136 pages magazine for printing

we produced a magazine with 136 pages and send for printing. But the number of pages is too much for simple binding. In order to make content readable we would need to add some space on the pages ...
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Get rid of grain in laser prints

I recently bought a professional color laser printer (>1.5k$), but until now I worked only with black and white lines and text (100% black). I'm now moving to colored prints, what've found is ...
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What technique is used to create this banner?

Below I've posted a video from Anar Foundation YT channel. Child portrait and text changes according to observer's viewing angle and height. Does anyone what technique this is called and how they're ...
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Postscript VS PCL/PCLXL in printing photos and complex designs

I have the possibility to buy a PCL 6, PCL 5e , PCL XL, XPS laser printer but I discovered that it hasn't PostScript language support. For office uses that would not be a problem, I would use only PCL....
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Efficient way to Manual tile print from InDesign?

I've been manual tiling large documents in a way that just seems so long winded to me – I'm thinking there must be a more efficient method?! This is what I've been doing: Work out the print area of ...
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How I can export pdf file in .cdr. (File made in adobe photoshop)

As printer guy said he needs .cdr file for printing. I have coral but, don't know how to use coral draw. Please help me. This is very big problem to me right now. Anyone know easiest way to solve this ...
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Illustrator PDF: When to tick "Use Document Bleed Settings"?

If saving a PDF from Illustrator, when should one enable the "Use Document Bleed Settings" option? And in what cases should one leave this option disabled? The reason I ask is, we leave some ...
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How to deal with PDF file containing thin lines/partitioned in boxes?

We are a publisher. Customers often send us advertisements ready for printing. Sometimes when these advertisements are in PDF file format the whole advertisement or parts of it are partitioned in ...
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Two Pages Per Sheet

Good Morning! I am a teacher, trying to save on paper and ink. I have a design I need to print which is perfectly fine sized at half a standard 8.5x11, I just want to print and then cut them in half. ...
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Issue with Business Card Design: Multiple Logos

I'm realizing I must have missed something in design school. I work for a huge family of car dealerships- I make the business cards in Illustrator. They are a double sided folded design- the inside ...
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Minimum printable font size readable under a microscope

I'm a mechanical engineer about to invest in a new A3 laser printer but won't have the chance to try it out before buying. It's main function will be to print technical drawings for checking. The ...
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What kind of book binding is best if pages are to be added or removed later?

What is the best type of book binding to adopt if one needs to add or change pages later? Here is the reason. My design is a song book with 224 pages (112 two-sided sheets). The requirements are: The ...
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Case of side notes?

When writing a book, some authors put important short terms they use in the main text also into the margin near the usage position. Assuming that these marginal notes in your book are always short and ...
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Batch printing PDFs different amount of times

Is there a way to do a batch print where you can specify how often the respective pdfs have to be printed. like print the first pdf 100 times, the second 80 and the third only 5 times. Maybe with an ...
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How to design cover page/template for infographic?

I want to design a cover page for my analytical report, which contains 6-7 charts + information. So, I need advanced/professional software in order to design text, font size/design, place charts .... ...
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How many shades of color does cmyk have in print

in offset printing, for example, the cmyk colors are printed as dots of different sizes. One of the questions for me is how many size options are there for the individual colored dots? The reason for ...
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I sent a large Illustrator file to another person. Why are images missing? What image format should you use to place images?

I have been preparing artwork for a vinyl album jacket, inner sleeve, etc. A friend offered to check these for me before I bothered sending them to the pressing company. I put three very large ...
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Can we use gradient or clipping mask if we make SVG file for cricut and used for printing?

I am very confused as I make a large file of design as my niche is shirt print and I am giving SVG files for cricut and someone told me the use of clipping mask is wrong and you have to cahnge
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How to quickly soften dark colors for printing?

My energy provider goes around bragging about how green they are. However, their invoices are using some combination of colors that prevents me to quickly print it with minimal ink. Until now, I used ...
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how to export a pdf without color profiles or color management for print?

First time posting here after reading a lot. I have to send my design to the printer for vinyl artwork. Now the printer specs read: "Color room is CMYK and / or spot colors, without color ...
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avoiding 'dot gain' : preparing inner sleeve design in illustrator for printing on uncoated stock

I'm preparing album cover artwork -- I'm going to print some vinyl. The mfr recommends a disco jacket as the inner sleeve for 180g vinyl because it resists the vinyl tearing a hole over time. Their ...
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what size should my picture be in photoshop for a printing banner? [duplicate]

I'm looking to design a banner with Photoshop, which is going to be printed in 4m x 1m. What resolution should my picture be in Photoshop? what about it's dpi? Thanks in advance
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Colour profiles and printing (digital, offset and office)

I've recently (2 years ago) started studying and doing graphic design work, and I've only adjudicated work with print shops in stationery (calendars, envelopes, notepads) for the company I work for. ...
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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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