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In InDesign, Print to pdf with Adobe PDF printer, generates low dpi pdf

In so many attempts to print my booklet to pdf with Adobe PDF printer, with almost all presets, I get same low DPI result - I attach a sample project in saved in my InDesign and its printed-to-pdf ...
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Reproducing the darkness of printed type

When I use a typeface I have seen in print and output the copy on my laser printer, the type is always lighter than what I saw in print. I assume this is because offset printing causes some spread of ...
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I need to size this logo to 20" width and add bleed and crop marks. Please help!

I need to know how to resize the logo below to 20" width and then add crop and bleed marks so that I can send this to a printshop to be printed and cut out at the specified size.
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Large format export

I am tasked with retouching a variety of decorations to be used across small and large format print (up to 2000H x 3000mm W). What would be the best export, resolution and size settings to use? I am ...
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How to keep the colour of a logo visually the same on digital platforms and on print?

The design is to be printed on product packagings and also to be on the client’s social media profiles. The goal is for their customers to see the same colour visually in both places. When designing, ...
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Die cut for packaging

I have to make the design for a box of chocolates for a company. The client gave me the box and said to take the measurements for the design. Am I supposed to make the die cut? I thought it was the ...
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Pantone for printing

I have a project of packaging. I ask my printer if the file should be in cmyk and he said that he only work with Pantone. Is it normal? Doesn’t it cost a lot for Pantone?
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ISO a simple web tool to approximate on screen, a printed color

My question is almost too unsophisticated for this site, but I need only a simple answer, not a perfect one. I know if I create something that's blue, it might look darker (purple?) when it's printed. ...
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Offset printing 4 color text vs only tint of black

I'm setting up a process color offset printed letterhead and I have found thin 8pt (Acumin Pro Light) text--address line--set as a 4-color break (C38 M29 Y24 K5). Is it better to convert this to a ...
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How are French Grande size(47" x 63") movie posters printed?

I'm really curious, what kind of printing press were used to print the French movie posters to 47" x 63"?
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Printer says there's a white text layer behind my text that I can't see on photoshop

I created some designs for print on photoshop and when I save as a photoshop PDF, the printers are saying they see some white text behind the copy on a particular line. This is really perplexing to me ...
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Do printshops charge more to non-designer clients?

Whenever I go to a printshop I try to give them the most suitable and high quality print-ready files, so that they do not need to take any extra steps or adjust things on the way (although they ...
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Best way to add bleed to outline of image - Photoshop CC

Wanting to add bleed to this image. I've so far made a cut line in illustrator and am wondering if there is a way like content aware in which I can create more image but only around the outline? I was ...
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Epson Printer Prints weird Yellow Magenta Cyan ending [closed]

Based on this thread they recommended I post my printer problem here. My Epson L4260 prints this weird output at the end of only glossy photo paper print from Microsoft Word. I tried using the laptop ...
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batch processing markdown into a template

I have an existing PSD template for a print design, though I can change that to anything else for the purposes of this project. I want to use GPT to batch create a set of markdown files that I am ...
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Resizing PDF document in Adobe Acrobat Pro

I received a 322 page PDF at work and was asked to have it resized with everything scaled proportionally to updated size. Is there any way to do this in Adobe Acrobat? I found a way to resize the page ...
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preparing image files for lenticular print job

I'm designing a lenticular sticker to promote an album. I'm confused about certain fundamental aspects of the artwork preparation. I understand that I need to provide a distinct layer/image for each '...
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PVC card sublimation transfer

Can you do sublimation transfer on a normal PVC card or does it have to be a "thermal" PVC card (used in Evolis or Fargo printer)? What is special with these thermal PVC cards? Do they have ...
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How do I convert a one page PDF file into several smaller (8.5" by 11") pages?

There is a related question already posted here How to print a PDF with large pages onto multiple smaller sheets of paper? However, at the moment, we do not desire to print the picture out on paper....
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How to choose the right colors for print in cmyk?

Hello I am creating this business card below: So the green color I used for the icons is the same as of the logo which has these values below: My question is, are the CMYK values ok? I will be ...
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How to get rid of tracking dots being included in foiling process?

I discovered that there are tracking dots printed on my paper called Machine Identification Code (MIC), also known as printer steganography, yellow dots, tracking dots or secret dots. These dots are ...
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Can I use a PNG logo to design a business card?

I have to design a business card for my company. The logos are in PNG format, the business card is going to be 90mm by 50mm and the logos are about 400px × 400px. I'm using cmyk colors to print the ...
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Are JPG and WEBP Appropriate Image formats for Offset Printing in 2023?

I teach an introductory graphic design course (PS, Illustrator, InDesign) for Media Arts students. I try hard to re-evaluate the material and grading criteria regularly so that I'm focusing on aspects ...
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Conversion to pdf file? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble exporting a file to PDF. These bubbles are vectors, and when I print them directly from Illustrator, they are fine. However, when I convert them to a print-ready PDF, they end up ...
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InDesign: Exporting CMYK doc as RGB

If I want to export a CMYK document as RGB, is it best to go into every swatch, and every placed link, and make sure all the colours are set to RGB before exporting? Or can I just set it to sRGB under ...
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Scaling up PDFs

If I've prepared an A4 print doc, that consists of vector graphics and also a large jpeg background... will the vectors scale up properly if I print the doc at A2? I understand that the jpeg ...
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Any need to specify '300dpi' on images?

I know that images need to be around 300dpi when printing, to ensure optimum quality... but do I need to actually specify that in Photoshop? (in the 'Image Size' section) Because InDesign already ...
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Is there such a thing as a single-sided tri-fold leaflet?

Do single-sided tri-fold leaflets exist or are they basically unheard of? Failing that, are there any other folded documents that are only printed on one side?
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Preparing RGB files for print

The printing company that I use prefer all files to be supplied in RGB. The only problem for me is accidentally picking a colour that is too bright. Is there an easy way around this? I recently heard ...
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Photoshop: preparing PDF files for spot color printing

My working file is currently a two channel artwork in Photoshop, one black channel with one Pantone spot color channel over it. How do I prepare these files for press? On PDF export it only shows a ...
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EXPORTING PDF for Print from Indesign - 5 colour print with duotones/monotones, plus CMYK

How to export a 5 color doc to print in pdf export from indesign- . Its CMYK plus one pantone special ink. should i select 'no color conversion' or 'convert to CMYK' and expect my spot color to ...
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How can I physically cut a 4x6 photo into precisely 6 photos of dimension 2x2?

I have a photo of dimension 2 inches x 2 inches. I wanted 6 copies of it, so I printed it as a grid of dimension 4 inches x 6 inches using some program. How can I physically cut a 4x6 photo into ...
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Creating dieline for inkjet printing

I have a dieline for a 3D cube which I will print my own design onto on my inkjet printer. How is best to print the fold / cutting marks without them interfering with the design? Would I just print ...
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Unsure about bleeds with die cut

I have this design (viewed here at 600%) that is going to be cut to the shape of the red outline (cut line only - not part of the design) I'm pretty sure my bleeds are good everywhere EXCEPT where ...
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Retail Product Catalog Solution Up-to-date for 2023

I'm looking for a good solution to create a product catalog to feature many products with photos. The end result should be a professional print-ready document, but would also like to have the ...
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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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Different materials in SketchUp?

I'm modelling a house using SketchUp. I noticed that some parts of the house have different colors while modelling, and these parts are not printed when I send the project to a 3D printer (figure ...
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ways to generate spot color print files given any set of colors

Basically I want to mix halftoned spot colors in the way you do CMYK, but with any combination of spot colors of my choice. Photoshop has an almost-good-enough way of doing this with image>mode>...
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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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How to print pure CYAN from a Brother laser colour printer?

I have a Brother hl-L8250CDN laser colour printer on a macbook pro. I mainly print with InDesign and Photoshop. I want to print pure yellow or pure cyan or pure magenta. Is there a way to do this? I'...
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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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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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Toner consumption between 600 dpi and 1200 dpi

The question is, in a laser / digital printer / press, if I print at 1200dpi do I consume more toner compared to 600dpi? Time consumption and processing resources like memory and cpu of the raster ...
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Words for relative orientation of sides of double-sided paper?

Are there existing words to describe the relative orientation of the front and back of a double sided piece of paper? The four different cases I can think of can be explained with me holding a ...
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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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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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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 is correct sequence when converting from RGB to CMYK in a PSD or TIFF to be embedded into a PDF/X-1a file?

I'm making a PDF/X-1a, from a CS6 indesign file, for a print magazine that will be illustrated with images of everyday objects. The images are made from scans and photographs. There is no line art and ...
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