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Questions tagged [print-production]

Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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What process for applying graphics to painted plastic or metal surfaces?

I'm working on a project where I need to apply graphics to both painted plastic and metal surfaces that will be outdoors and have UV exposure. These surfaces will experience moderate wear and tear ...
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Photoshop Color Management: Proof with Xerox Versalink C500 different from CMYK production printer?

I'm having a hard time getting accurate colors between calibration on my monitor; a Xerox C500 i'm using to proof, and the end result when sent to our production printer. I'm not sure exactly where my ...
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Preparing In Design facing pages bleed and color for print

Hi guys I have a problem with my printer complaining all the time that the images in my doc are RGB and bleeds are not good. Do you know how to check if all my images are Cmyk and how to set up bleed ...
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Is it possible to print anything over foil-print?

Is it possible to print anything over the foil print or would you need to mask the foil and fill in the colours? For example - this packaging design: https://www.prettylittlething.com/isle-of-...
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Tile business cards on a A4 page, inDesign

Ive got a bunch of business cards i would like to print and cut out myself. I have created the card artwork in inDesign. The card is 55 x 85mm. Is there a way i can tell inDesign to print the ...
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Which file format, for printing the largest pictures without losing quality?

My grandma desires to get the JPGs from https://old.reddit.com/r/lakeporn/top/, https://old.reddit.com/r/Beachporn/top/, https://old.reddit.com/r/BotanicalPorn/ printed, to hang them on her walls. She ...
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Printing a drop shadow gradient transition to transparent in CMYK

I am attempting to print an image of a bowl of food with a drop shadow that gradually transitions to transparent on a white background. The shadow renders beautifully within Adobe Illustrator, but ...
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Long Edge/Short Edge printing images back to back

I am making cards and icons for a board game I developed in PPT. All pieces have two sides to them and for economies of scale all the the pages are filled with different cards or icons. I am having ...
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How to reduce my Illustrator file size and should I raster my bristle brushes?

I have an Illustrator file that is pretty big 2.5gb to be exact. There are a lot of complex bristle brushes to make a chalkboard effect for the background and there are also text and illustrations ...
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How do I indicate foil blocking to a printer?

One of our clients had a set of stationery made by us, and it looks really great, even though printing design is not our thing (not at all, we do interaction design). Anyways, when looking for ...
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Should I use Photoshop or Illustrator for a large print design? [duplicate]

I'm new to this site and am taking on some graphics work that requires a big print out. I have never worked on such a large scale and was wondering if you guys could answer some basic questions for me....
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how to print both side of paper with perfect positioning? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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 ...