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Questions tagged [print-production]

Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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how to print both side of paper with perfect positioning?

I know that all home printers can't do double side print with perfect accuracy, but is there any other printer you can buy that is specialized on this ? thanks!
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How can I cut holes on my pre-sized labels?

I have 3.35" x 1.5"labels. I need to cut a rounded rectangle shape hole into each label on a sheet. The hole needs to be about 3" x .5" How can I make this happen? Assuming money is no issue but time ...
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Wrong dimensions during printing from SketchUp

I'm modeling in SketchUp and having issues printing output with correct dimensions. For example, if I download some precise model from the Internet (as a knob for music instrument) - it prints right ...
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Letterpress machine for hobbyist?

can anyone suggest a small letterpress machine for a beginner? It's for personal use only. I absolutely love this print technology and have been watched countless videos on youtube. Can anyone suggest ...
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is there a computer printer that prints two-side of the paper with perfect positioning?

I know that the paper shifts and it is impossible for home printers to get a perfect merge on both sides, but is there a printer that prints 2 sides of the paper at same time or something like that ?
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Proposing KPI for Printing Inhouse designer

Recently our boss is try to implement Key Performance Indicator (KPI) system to our team. We are ask to propose him a option based on what KPI we would wanted to be measure on. We are a 3 people ...
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How does a printing machine render an image onto plates internally?

I do understand how raster and vector images are rendered onto a 2D surface (screen, paper). Resolution, scaling, etc. Is it the same inside the machine that makes plates for offset printing? If so, ...
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How do I design a translucent vinyl glass door sticker?

I have to make a sticker for a pair of glass doors. It will be printed on vinyl and has to be translucent. Is there any specific process to incorporate the translucency? I've designed clear stickers ...
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Business Card Crop Marks for Printer [duplicate]

Have a business card file created in AI. Printer is asking for crop marks and we are looking to have 1/4" rounded corners for the cards. How do I create crop marks or setup bleed for this? or is the ...
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Why the color is falling off from a Bristol cardboard laser printed?

I think the picture is very explicit of what is the problem I'm facing when the printed cardboard is folded. Whay is that happens? The cardboard is a Bristol 180 printed in a OKI podwer tonner ...
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Bitmap (colour mode) images okay for printing?

If I have a document that contains a black & white / bitmap image, is this okay to send to print or would I need to convert it to CMYK? I'd prefer not to do the latter as it would then leave me ...
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Can individual CMYK inks be used in CMYK color mode?

It's the first time I'm printing in CMYK. I can't understand a basic thing. For example if I want to print a shape filled only with cyan color, can I fill it with CMYK(100,0,0,0) (only one ink used) ...
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Why does 'Giclee Print' not have 'Digital' included?

I am in the process of putting together various 'Digital Prints' and 'Giclee Prints', which will be available for sale in the future. Done correctly, a Giclee Print should be of better quality than ...
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Wide Format Printers: Is it okay to use Dye Ink Cartridges and Pigment based Cartridges interchangeably?

I am considering purchasing a Wide Format Printer, to regularly print out pieces of Artwork. Initially, the Artwork will need to be printed as a standard Digital Print. As time goes by, I would ...
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Is 300+ DPI Overkill?

I have a series of Artwork, digitally stored, where I am looking to print them off as Giclee Prints. Never created Giclee Prints before, I have spent time looking at what constitutes a Giclee Print. ...
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Do most commercial printers print full-bleed or trim size? How can you tell?

I printed a large document at a popular commercial office supply company and they did not trim the document to my surprise, so it didn't fit where I needed it. Is there a way to tell whether a ...
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Printing a set of service manual images on A3 - source is 120DPI JPG's [closed]

I wish to print some images that I have somewhat manually gone through to remove whitespace, and they aren't looking as good as I think they could be. What steps should I take to get them looking as ...
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Printing a poster from pdf results in wrong colors

I have A0 poster with 2 science images that were taken by a spacecraft. On top of it I have graphs and some text. When I print it as A4 pdf on my office small printer - the colors are fine. When I ...
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Trim marks and bleed issues

I’m working on a manual (V2) for my product and I’m doing the design myself. On the cover is a full size image, so I know I will need trim marks and bleed there before I send it to printer. But do I ...
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How to prepare brochure using 72 dpi raster images for offset print?

I'm new in design & printing profession. Please give your valuable suggestions on preparing a brochure for printing in an off-set printing press. 1) The brochure will contain around 20 pictures ...
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File size dilemma in Photoshop for print-quality large banner

I'm an intern at a marketing department and got an assignment to update a banner with new information, and was directed to a pdf file to edit. It was only 3MB, which seemed very low for a large print-...
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What's the term of art for hardcover books with an illustration printed directly on the cover?

Is there a design / printing / bookmaking term of art for case-bound hardcovers with the art not on a dustjacket but on the cover itself (not common in US/UK trade publishing, but found e.g. on many ...
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Specifying paper weight/thickness for a textbook

I have to specify print instructions for a textbook that will be printed in China. If I want to create a hardcover textbook that is 300 pages in length, and will weigh less than 5 pounds, what paper ...
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Are CMYK toners fluorescent in typical color laser printers?

A typical laser color printer uses four toner colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) to be able to print different colors. Are the individual toner colors typically daylight fluorescent? For example ...
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Printing on coloured paper

How should one prepare a file for print on Adobe programs (Most likely using Indesign for this project) when the paper is coloured? I want to make a poster with text and other elements but no ...
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Advice on how to do intricate “non-printing” or “cutout” areas

I did a marginal amount of searching but kind of lack the semantics so apologies if this has been addressed repeatedly. I am in the final stages of a design on a metal can. It's a small can and I ...
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Prevent Rasterization of PSD When Printed?

Sorry I'm not a graphic designer. I bought an Indesign brochure template and a PSD business card template for a start-up. I went to a reputable larger local printer, and they have a huge factory ...
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Transparent, waterproof material needed

I have a design that has a transparent channel, it is in .png format as well as .psd. My design is to be displayed outside and may incur rainfall. I first printed on a kind of sulfate paper, similar ...
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Solutions for dynamic printing

I was wondering about the options on the market for dynamic printing coupled with eCommerce solutions like Xerox's XMPie? What are the current alternatives and the pros and cons? The criterias are: ...
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What print production method is shown in this video?

I've came across this scene from the Season #3 of the Outlander series. I'm really curious to get a detailed elaboration on what is the method shown in the video? I've already reviewed some contents ...
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Adobe Illustrator exporting layers to pdf

Hi fellow designers!! I've created a design in Adobe Illustrator and exported a PDF file that needs to be sent to the print shop where they can open it in Acrobat Pro DC. The design is a folder ...
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Is it possible to have a lower/higher quality of Pantone inks and what influences it?

When you're using Pantone colours in some prints or in my case packaging design - will you get the same level of quality ink in different printer shops? How do they get their supply, does it all ...
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Printer recommendations?

I have been using online printer suppliers previously but I am wanting to invest some money into a good quality printer so I can print business cards (on normal, Gloss & matt card) and flyers... ...
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Strange lines appear ONLY IN PRINTING (business card illustrator)

I have a problem when printing a .pdf business card designed with Illustrator. All fonts are outlined and all images are rasterized. When I open the .pdf those small lines doesn't appear. When I print ...
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Select all objects with the same color in Illustrator

I have an .ai file of a label. It has various shades of green in its design. I want to replace all objects with that color and change it to a new color. So if I pick #d0d0d0 and want to replace it ...
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Template for a two sided, double parallel fold document A6 portrait

From several articles and posts I have read, the margins for the folds would not be evenly spaced so that the brochure can be tucked into itself. I have not been able to find a template showing where ...
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Can I re-thread multiple text boxes simultaneously in InDesign

I'm creating a huge catalog. I used xml for the data and data merge for the images. I mistakenly saved the file after using the Split story script while testing an update to the xml file. The doc is ...
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How to find and remove missing fonts in Illustrator

When sending artwork to print, all fonts are made into outlines so our printer shouldn't have any font queries. However, there are a couple anomalies that keep popping up and showing as missing fonts ...
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How can I determine the grain (or fiber) direction of a paper and what are its impact on the final design of a piece?

How can one test paper to identify the direction of the grain? I've seen books with covers warped because they were printed in the wrong direction and also hear that folds tend to tear more. How ...
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Does the gamut of a CcMmYyKk printer differ from that of a regular CMYK printer?

I have access to a CcMmYyKk inkjet printer at work and it seems to my eye that results are smoother (which makes sense since there would be less halftoning going on), but also that we are able to ...
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Why don't we see more of hexachrome to this day?

So I was reading this question and stumbled into part of an answer: Actually, there were systems that used Green and Orange in the past, but they were used to expand the range of the basic CMYK ...
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Unable to proof print on dark colored paper [closed]

I am trying to do a proof print on coloured paper in order to simulate offset printing on the same paper, but my plotter refuses to print. It loads the paper, passes over it with the light diode, ...
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Print saddle-stitch booklet that isn’t a multiple of 4 pages

At the last print shop I worked at there was a trick while imposing a booklet that allowed us to print booklets that weren't in multiples of 4, where "half a section" (maybe not the correct technical ...
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Large format printer that will print on 1/8th inch material?

My company provides custom orthopedic products. Our major seller is custom foot orthotic (CFO) inserts. The 'top cover' on the CFO, the part that touches your foot/sock is either a 1/8th in. material ...
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Designing Flash Cards in Indesign Two-Sided Document

I am designing a template for 6 2.5" x 5" flash cards on an 8.5" x 11" landscape orientation in InDesign to be printed at a print shop. There is a front and back side design and they are aligned ...
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What are the minimum safe conditions for running a small dye sublimation heat press?

I work in an office that has recently purchased an 8.5x11" Sawgrass dye sub printer, which we're using with a 14x14" clamshell heat press and a mug press. I am aware that some of the vaporized ink ...
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Reflective badges printed “at home”

We have a badge machine for making badges based on design that we print using our laser printer. The is useful for small runs and short deadlines. Currently we print on normal 80 gsm paper, which is ...
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Problem with transparency when printing with black background - Scribus

I am currently realizing a poster with Scribus (I am a beginner) and run into troubles while printing with black background. I have several pictures with transparent backgrounds (png). First, the ...
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How to design a template for printing variable data on a label

I designed a product label in Inkscape, saved as PNG. The manufacturer of the product needs to print batch number, best before etc using his own printer at the manufacturing site which uses CDR file ...
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Is it okay to set a project price significantly higher than the printing costs?

I was asked to write and design a 2-page flyer (A4 size) for an industrial product. I would like to charge AED 1000 for this job. I was also requested to find a printer and get the flyer printed (...