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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How can I achieve this print look for a Bookcover?

i'm currently designing a book cover and try to find a possibility to produce a golden square like in the picture, with text on it. I think in the picture they used a sticker. How can I achieve this ...
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Printing: will a font always give exactly the same result, regardless of how it's printed?

Will a font always print exactly the same, regardless of the print technology? Example: printing at the local print shop on a laser printer versus the commercial printing of a book. Here is Linotype's ...
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Does it affect print quality if a font in a .psd file is “missing” when received from a designer but you are NOT editing the text layer?

The designer did not supply the font and it is not available to me. I'm aware that if I edit a text layer in Photoshop with a missing font, I risk making the text blurry. However, if I'm NOT editing ...
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Pdf file and Png file colors printed differently from the same printer

I have a design in png and pdf formats. The png file was printed fine from Microsoft Photos and the colors were accurate. The colors of the same design however became brighter and lighter when I ...
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How to prepare full bleed stickers to print in AI

I need to prepare stickers with lots of detail for printing. The trick is customer want full bleed. Is there any smarter idea how to do that in AI than drawing it by hand?
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What are these markings in the corners of this PDF for a print advertisement?

I got a hold of a PDF for an advertisement that is to be printed in a magazine. Can anyone tell me what the symbols in the corners mean? And the color bars on the sides and bottom? I will be ...
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Blur effect becomes grey-ish and colours flat when transformed into CMYK

I need your help. I am trying to convert my RGB poster into a printable CMYK poster. But when I change the "neon like" headline to CMYK colours and the document color mode in illustrator the ...
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SVG/PDF printing not properly

I have vector image which does not print well, unless I rasterize it. Image created in Inkscape. I have tried to save it as PDF and print using Acrobat Reader DC, also to print it directly in Inkscape....
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CYMK Black settings for InDesign where original artwork used very fine ink (and gouache)

I am using In Design and PS to create CYMK PDF for printing a children’s book. The original artwork was commissioned and is composed using gouache and black ink on off-white paper. So fortunately ...
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Problem with printing grid on white paper

I tried printing grids on white paper using an offset sheet feed machine. I used a gray color ink. I wanted to use a fountain pen on this paper. When I wrote on this paper I found that the fountain ...
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How can I improve the specification table on the back page of this brochure design?

I'm working on a brochure for this Garmin device and would appreciate some feedback! In particular, how I could improve the Specification table on the back page and any design tweaks you think are ...
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Software package recommendation please

I am looking for the best value, basic, beginners software packages that can help me create my own personalised cards & print gifts for friends & family please?
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Is this a reasonable workload?

this might not be the place to ask this question, but I don't know anyone else in my field. I work for a book publisher. I design around 90% of their 100+ books per year. I have worked there for 7 ...
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Using Play Store badges and F logos, etc. on printed material

There are established guidelines about the use of the Play Store logo, Facebook F logo, etc. in websites, etc. There is a related question on this topic here. Google play store has its guidelines here....
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Drops caps with short first sentence

In regards to drop caps, how do you treat paragraph spacing/drop caps when the first paragraph is a single short sentence? This is causing a large white space below the first paragraph.
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I've designed a logo with RGB colour gradients. How do I find the exact CMYK or Pantone colours for print?

I have designed a logo with a gradient of 3 RGB colours. I'm liking the colours for digital but now I want to duplicate the logo with CMYK colours for print. What is the best way to do this? Is it to ...
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How do i properly make .tif in CMYK for printing?

I created a banner that my boss wants to print out. The printing company needs the image in CMYK and as for format, I wanted to use .tif . I have never used that one before or prepared banner for ...
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Which 3D software (MAC) can export basic or modified primitive wireframe objects as a vector? Example included

I would like to create some large prints so the scalable vector with editable stroke weight is necessary. Found these examples that would be perfect for my needs. Any tips would be much appreciated
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How can I link from a printed textbook to online exercises apart from QR codes?

We're writing a print textbook that will have online interactive exercises, which we want the students to be able quickly access. We could use QR codes, but they're ugly. Is there a better solution, ...
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InDesign: export single pages as spreads

There seems to be a lot of guides out there on how to convert spreads to single pages in InDesign... but what about the other way round? E.g. I'm currently setting up a brochure (with facing pages) so ...
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Safe size for printing image from browser

I have an Illustrator document with A4 size and export it as PNG with 300 ppi for printing (you can see it here in case it helps). On Safari and Firefox, printing that image from the browser with A4 ...
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Can anyone suggest a paper similar to mass-produced movie posters?

I'm looking to print posters similar to the mass-produced movie posters. Is there a place online that sells 13"x19" or 11"x17" or similar sized paper that I can use for printing ...
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Large Format Design - Client needs 4x12 3up at 300dpi but under 300mb

I’ve been working with an indie sign company the past two weeks, and currently we are working on a wood texture sign for a restaurant meant to be viewed from a driving distance/on the road. The sign ...
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Any solutions to a Minimalist Packaging on 1oz dropper issue?

I'm working on a packaging project with a minimalist aesthetic on a 1oz dropper. The problem I have is my client has so much text it's hard to execute a minimalist vibe with maximum text (they have a ...
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CMYK mode changes look [duplicate]

I'm creating poster with RGB mode, then I convert it to CMYK mode but look is change! any advise?
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A1 size paper: minimum font size

What is really the smallest possible font size I can use for A1 poster which is not going to be viewed from a great distance (its a genealogy diagram, mostly for studying from up close). I need to ...
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InDesign - How to add line breaks without breaking the line

I am working with Mongolian script in InDesign and for some reason some of the characters are not recognized (picture 1 - end of the paragraph) until the line break is forced (picture 2). In order to ...
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Is it okay to extend graphics beyond bleed just a bit?

I Googled and found this page about bleed. It says the following: The fact that content needs to extend beyond the page boundaries is no excuse for sloppy design. Letting images extend beyond the ...
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Watercolor illustrations for printed wallpaper quality

It's my first time working with printed wallpaper and my client wants several watercolor-style illustrations (I add 2 examples of the style they want) for walls of 490cms x 260cms (divided into 7 ...
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Noisy metallic looking colourful texture reproduction

I had created the below seen texture a year ago (in gimp for sure), but can't remember how I did it. I'd like to expand it in size, but cannot remember at all how I did it (was playing around). ...
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What steps I can take to make this banner less crowded or with more empty space?

I've tried many options but it's not working. Actually there are 3 groups of bottles in this banner and lots of text. So it is looking crowded. I tried small big size, placing copies here and there ...
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Do you provide prints to home users with crop marks or cutting lines for cutting with scissors?

I wonder which alternative is more useful to the home user and what the standard thickness of these are.
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Illustrator: How to print things outside of the artboard?

I'm basically trying to accomplish this: Print art that lies on AND outside of the artboard while maintaining the dimensions of the artboard when file is sent as a PDF (art outside of the artboard is ...
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Cut Marks (Interrupted rectangles in the corners)

I recently read a post explaining cut marks and their purpose. However, if they're meant as guidelines as to what has to be cut off to create a neat brochure in the right size, why are they still ...
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What is difference between overprint, pass, resolution, PPI and DPI in design printing? [duplicate]

I have read through many resources but I still don't understand what are the difference between them. Can anyone give good examples that is able for me to imagine the different and explain what is ...
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My Inkjet printer isn't printing correct results from Adobe Illustrator

Using an Epson L805, I'm having some issue with transparency when I print directly from Illustrator. When I print the below image, you can see that the ellipse shape clearly [the color of the ...
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How many inches/mm is left as margin on a standard A4 paper?

Is there a standard length of margin left that works for all printers? On my note taking app I want to know how much space to leave so that when I export to PDF and print (on HP, Brother, Epson, you ...
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open layout | file size: 530x230 bleed included scale 1:1 / 1:10* - What is meant by that?

I've received a description for a logo I have to export and don't understand what they mean. I tried to google it, but without success. The description is written as follows: "Demands are as follows (...
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Individual barcodes on InDesign created voucher cards

I was trying to find some good document on how can I get around building print ready design for voucher cards but can't find any good information on some streamlined process. The voucher will have an ...
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have “exact” colors when printing

When you have to make a design for printing you should always use CMYK color method, but when you need to print it the result depends on the ink and the print setup used in the specific printer shop. ...
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Missing Pantone Process Magenta C?

I can't find Pantone Process Magenta C in illustrator's color books. I can find Process Yellow C, Process Blue C and Process Black C, but the magenta is missing. I have the color books updated. Does ...
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When printing, how thin is “too thin” for use of rich black vs standard blacks?

I've read up a bunch of posts about the differences and understand about misregistration, etc. I also realize it will probably vary somewhat depending on the actual printing equipment, ink, and paper ...
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variable data-set for large scale

Im trying to print sheets with multiple numbers on them. I have set up 12 variables on my file that will change from 00001 to 00012 and change with each new set from 00013 to 00024 and so on it ...
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Would it be considered as rude as full name is not visible?

I want to make two printed photos with text on them, for a marriage gift. Something like this: But both must be placed together to give complete meaning. The couple name is DEVANSHU (male) and AMRIYA ...
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Who designed the label for Château Pétrus?

Around 1940 the wine label was redesigned to what we know now: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/40/Petrus1982.jpg Who was the artist who designed the label?
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Scaling leaflet up from A5 to A0 in Indesign

Is it to simply resize the PDF size, to covert all text to outlines and resize in A0 size or duplicate the Indesign file and increase all the text size manually?
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Printer won't accept file with transparency but I need to print a Pantone gradient

The printer for an event is requesting that all submitted files not include transparency but the only way I know of printing a good gradient of 2 Pantone colors is to use the overprint method. The ...
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Design size vs. actual size on Ilustrator

I don't know anything about Illustrator and I need help. If I want to design something big, may be a 24x36 inches, do I have to set the document size to that size? Can I make the board smaller but ...
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Using png files in illustrator for printing invitations

I purchased some pictures to use on party invitations, it said all files are 300 dpi, RGB, transparent background. They are a png file type I have opened the file in AI and copied the parts I want to ...
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How to check total ink coverage using open source tools?

Any open source tool to check total ink coverage in PDF files (vector artwork) ?

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