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Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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Adjust image to show the true colors of what will be printed

I have what is probably a very unique question for you guys. I have a direct to garment printer that allows me to print directly onto a shirt (or a film). Now the problem that I have is that the 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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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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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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RGB and CMYK Colour Modes

I designed a book cover in Photoshop in RGB Colour Mode, as it was going to be used as an eBook cover. However, I now need to design a full wrap book jacket which needs to be in CMYK Colour Mode. When ...
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Output intent set to fogra39, but looking in preflight in Acrobat says intent is Fogra27?

This is a follow-up question on the comments here: What happens if a commercial printer is using another profile than a file sent to be printed is converted to? I made a print-ready PDF and dug inside ...
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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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why do printers always suggest bitmap for black and white images?

If I have two virtually similar files: 1200DPI Bitmap TIFF, placed in InDesign with 100%K 1200DPI CMYK TIFF, same art as #1, lineart thresholded and now at 100%K And both are on white backgrounds (...
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Linked PDFs in CMYK being flagged as RGB by InDesign preflight

I have a large InDesign document with many images that are linked into it as PDF documents. I run a preflight check in InDesign to make sure everything is in the CMYK color space. These images keep ...
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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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Print color mode and print flier size

Am using coreldraw X7, so can I use RGB color mode for print fliers, CMYK is actually producing dull colors which I don't like and also what is the standard size (in inch) for print fliers...
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Exporting InDesign PDF with RGB converted to CMYK, colours look dark and muted?

I am working on a publication in InDesign, working on a 2019 Macbook Pro display, in which there are around 300 links to images. Some images are in RGB, and some in CMYK. Here is an example of an ...
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Export settings for commercial printer when using CMYK-converted pictures

I have pictures that are already converted to PSO coated v3 -profile. Wich settings are correct for the export in this case? My Indesign color management is set to "Preserve numbers/ignore linked ...
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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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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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Arbitrary dpi value for prints

I need to print images on large format paper (B1, B2). The image-source/art I'm trying to print is scalable so I can actually export them at any resolution (max 16k per side for technical reasons). ...
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Leaving pictures as RGB in a pdf sent for a commercial printer, and setting color management in indd

Background: I did a PDF for a commercial printer and got a test proof print, which was OK. The final print product looked different, the colors where darker and more saturated. This difference was ...
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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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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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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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Affinity exported PDF causes issues when printed

I am facing some problems with printing my publication correctly. I have been working with an Affinity Publisher document that composes various templates from Affinity Designer (vector drawings and ...
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(color/shift) profiles in Scribus

I'm new to this stack exchange and I have a question. I downloaded some of the ICC colour profiles from Travis Shaffer's cool thing called [color/shift]. As I tried to put the thing into C:\Program ...
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How do I make a printable design for a cardgame?

I'm designing a cardgame with about 20 different cards. Every card has a unique text on it and they all share the same cardframe that i'm designing. I'm trying to think of a clever way to make some ...
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How to join two lines created by curvature pen tool

I am trying to use curvature pen tool to draw shapes, but unable to draw further lines on this shape with curvature tool. how to join curvature pen tool line with another pen tool line in illustrator??...
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Create gray color while printing

To use the color gray in black and white offset printing, which is used both in the text as a headline and in the context of some other pages, which method is better? Reduce tint of black color, for ...
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Printer resolution (two different numbers) I just don't get it

I'm searching for a printer that will give me the highest quality print out for a press-n-peel / etching project I'm playing around with and I just realized that I seem to be having a blonde moment.. ...
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Color shift when image is converted to CMYK

I'm working with a graphic designer to design a book cover for a self-published title of mine on Amazon. The purple in the cover image becomes dull when converted to the required CMYK. Original Image ...
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Is it possible to print different foils on one area?

I have turned to this forum to see if someone could hopefully point me in the right direction. I have had a graphic designer create a double-sided label my business requires. Almost think of it like a ...
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Is it possible and reasonable to compensate the media white point of a target color profile?

I’ve been trying to figure out color management (mostly in InDesign, but this question is more general) in a print production workflow in more detail recently. What I am trying to achieve is printing ...
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InDesign / PDF Export for 2 colour print

I am working on a document and the client would like an exported PDF with the following settings “2/2 coloured black + plus 1 additional colour”. It is a CYMK document and currently exports as 4/4 ...
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Is HTML and CSS a viable choice for storing print designs?

CSS supports paged media via print media queries. HTML has been created to support hypertext documents only but since then evolved and has a wide wariety of tags that when used with modern CSS, can be ...
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The supplied Pantone colour and CMYK colour are slightly different. Which one should I use?

I've been supplied a branding colour palette from the company with their primary brand colour. They have supplied the Pantone spot and CMYK number for this brand colour but the two colours are ...
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Is it possible to set the width in Adobe illustrator to 45m?

It's for printing in a scaffold sheeting roll and client wants me to format it in three different sizes: 3m x 45m – 2m Height Print 3m x 45m – 1.8m Height Print 2m x 45m – 1m Height Print I'm not ...
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Printed booklet changes margins on every second page

I have encountered a very strange problem. I am printing booklets (abt. 80 pages) where one page is in A5 format, the arranged booklet-pages by InDesign are all in A4 and I have to arrange these ...
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Printing type with thin ornaments in light gray: tints of black or spot gray?

I will be printing invitations with body text set in 14pt Snell Roundhand Bold which has "pen strokes" that end with very thin ornaments. The text needs to be light gray and, if I understand ...
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Is Pantone becoming antiquated?

This may be a bit of a rant but maybe I am missing something. The more I dive into Pantone color matching the more I am starting to think it's all worthless. I have been a graphic designer for many ...
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How to make a vivid orange pantone color for a book title, if I need it to be printed in process colors along with some photo?

I need to print a title for a book cover and it needs to be bright/vivid orange, but it needs to be printed in Process colour along with a photograph.. (to print it at the same time) and i dont know ...
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Soft proofing grayscale images in Photoshop

When printing a grayscale image it's treated exactly like the black channel of a color image. So in order to get a correct preview of how it will look on print it must be soft proofed with the CMYK ...
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Acrobat Preflight - Checking Object/Line Width

It's been years since I've used Pre-flight in Acrobat, but I've had a situation come up where I need to check certain objects before PDFs go to print. Our packaging files are created in Illustrator ...
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How can I print on a steel tube without resorting to vinyl wraps?

I am looking to print a background graphic onto a 2m long steel tube (40mm diameter). The graphic is a camo design consisting of 4 colours. Unfortunately vinyl wrap isn't a suitable option for this ...
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How to make a 20% tint of a CMYK color in illustrator?

I'm trying to make a tint of a color in illustrator but can't figure out how to do that with CMYK colors. With pantone colors, you're usually able to make a tint by selecting the swatch and clicking ...
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Do I have enough DPI and size(width x height) to guarantee clear and sharp text on my poster (16'x24')?

I am trying to create a poster for myself and order through Redbubble (rural place, no good print shops nearby). I want to make sure the file resolution will allow for clear and sharp text. I don't ...
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Help with printer format settings

I don't know where else to turn with my problem, so I'll try here. I have an Epson ET-2710 and it's working fine... as long as I only print in the A4 format. I've told the printer in the settings to ...
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Creating part of an image as example for A2 print

I need to be able to supply a photo of part of a large print -mainly A2. Larger prints will be produced by a commercial company. I suppose I need to set the printer page size to A2 and then view it on ...
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How should you design both sides of a diary page to avoid sewing/stitching/punching the content?

I'm using Illustrator to design a page which have content on both sides. I've created 2 artboards of same size for this. It will be used in the middle of a blank diary as an advertisement. Now I'm new ...
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How does a print provider manage transparent areas within a PDF file?

Case 1: Suppose I have simply a text to print on a plastic transparent sheet unlike paper. Just like the example shown below. If you see text is printed on a plastic sheet and then sheet is pasted on ...
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Why PDF file from InDesign shows different dimensions after export?

The size shown in inches in PDF is significantly different from the InDesign settings in mm. I am worried there are some scaling settings that I missed. I didn't set anything specific though. Exported ...
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Is there a printing standard for acceptance of proof to printed material?

I couldnt find if the acceptance rate is 90 to 95% color difference of print versus proof. I need an industry document to use a reference.
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