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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall-sized graphics and large banners (e.g. 3m × 5m), what is an acceptable PPI for print? As I understand it 300 ppi is the typical for 'small' artworks (esp. for clean text resolution). However, ...
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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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What should be considered when using very thin lines on a print piece?

I'm designing a card game and my friend (who is a graphic designer and works at a commercial printing establishment) told me to keep in mind the thinness of my lines when sending the docs to print. ...
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What home printer would allow for exact alignment of front and back?

Note: I'm not a graphic designer, but this seemed like the most relevant place to post. Feel free to send me off somewhere else if I'm not in the right place. I would like to make some notebooks with ...
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Why are PDF/X files better than "standard" PDFs?

I have a friend who is also a graphic designer, has little experience in prepress, but has a nice portfolio and seems to have a good knowledge of using the Adobe products. I can't dismiss his opinion ...
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How heavy should ink coverage be for a custom CMYK rich black?

In recent jobs, I have skewed away from pre-mixed rich black formulas in favour of making a black that fits dominant colours in the publication. For example, in a publication with a dominant full ...
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How to print image file so that it blends with 100% black

Trying to figure out how to print this image of a motorcycle so that it doesn't have this halo effect (if thats what its called) when printed on top of 100% K. Tried a few different things but nothing ...
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Printing a consistent grey: is that still a challenge with comic books?

In a documentary on the American TV series The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982, dir. K. Johnson, with Messrs. Bixby, Ferrigno etc.), the producer/director explains that he tried to petition Stan Lee to ...
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What is a critical spine and when should I avoid it?

Recently, I made my first forays into professional book cover design. I submitted a design for a glued-back book with a base white front and back, but a coloured spine. The customer, an experienced ...
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Using Google Fonts for print work

My experience with building websites is limited, but i have used Google Fonts (GF) for some basic presentation websites before. I was recently given some branding guidelines built by other providers ...
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Physical paper weight reference

So here's the thing. When I send an order to a printing shop, I never know what kind of paper I really need. So I just ask them what paper they'd propose me after I explain them the futur use of the ...
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What is the best software for creating exam paper template?

I regularly create exam papers in Photoshop with two types of pages: left and right. We create the questions in Word and then add them into Photoshop. However, this process takes a lot of time and ...
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Confusion about how bleed works

I'm designing a flyer, but having trouble fully understanding the concept of bleed. I've read countless articles on the subject, and have setup a 3mm bleed which my background extends into while my ...
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How can I bend artwork by 25°?

I am doing a packaging for a client and when I received the shape of the container I found out that it should be bent by 25° and I want to know how to do that please. One solution is to bend the ...
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How to embed a color profile into a PDF with Inkscape?

I'm using Inkscape v. 0.91 under Linux Slackware, compiled from the source with the default options. The printing service I use requires the "ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI)" color profile, which I have in ...
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How were printing plates produced from multicolour drawings before the digital era?

There are many ways of duplicating an image. I'm thinking of graphics-containing newspapers and magazines circa 1950s and 1960s. When an artist produces an original ink-and-paint drawing/photograph/...
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What printing process is this?

Back in the 1970s my father self-published a newsletter, and I'm trying to figure out what the printing process was that he used. He laid everything out by hand (of course) and then there was a step ...
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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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How do I ensure that an image with a heavy color overlay will be visible in professional print?

I have attached a detail of an image I created for a client. When printed on an inkjet you can barely see the overlayed image. I hoped that when professionally done it would be okay, but can anyone ...
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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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What precautions can be taken to prevent a printer from holding on to and possibly printing copies of a piece?

Other than purchasing equipment to do prints at home are there any precautions that can be taken to prevent a print lab from maintaining and possibly even giving out or printing additional copies of a ...
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What kind of printmaking produces a faded result like a stamp?

What kind of printmaking produces results like this? It looks almost like a stamp. Another print with similar aesthetics is here, especially pay attention how the lower end fades out.
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What is six-color (6C) process printing?

What is 6 color printing, is it multicolor process printing? What setting do I have to keep in Photoshop, Do I have to create an extra channel in the channel palette?
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How to check if a PDF file is in RGB or CMYK?

I have sent a PDF file to a printing company and they came back telling me that it is in RGB but should be in CMYK. It is strange as I really tried to make everything in CMYK (working with Adobe ...
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Using a clients font to print their files

Scenario: I work for a printing company. Clients design something they need printed. We receive their files along with the fonts needed for printing. As a printer, what is our responsibility for ...
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Client requested artwork to print themselves

A client has requested that I supply a PDF of artwork I have previously designed and printed, about a year ago, for them so they can send to another printer to have more printed. I have always had a ...
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Where to place glue tabs when creating pockets?

When creating mechanicals for folders with pockets, where should one set the glue tabs--on the smaller flap for the pocket or on the main body of the piece and why? Or is this decided on a case by ...
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Do not overprint black text over metallic Pantone colors

I just read a good book on DTP. The author stated that one should not overprint black text over metallic spot colours. Unfortunately he doesn't explain this further. I would like to ask why not ...
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What is the difference between Pantone black and Pantone process black

I need to print a cover with black text, on uncoated paper. I want to use one of the Pantone blacks. What is the difference between Pantone black and Pantone process black?
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How can I hire a manga artist, and what are the general cost factors associated with producing a comic?

If one had a story that was as yet undefined but wanted to work out the economics of a manga publication - how would one go about it? How does one get to top artists (any artist, otherwise)? Are ...
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How to indicate a cut out for a product window

I just started learning package design. I have finished my artwork and want to send the final file to the customer. The design has a product window. How should I indicate this layer in Illustrator? ...
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How To Ask Fellow Designer For Native Files For Prepress Purposes Only?

I am the graphic designer and sole prepress person for a small quick print shop. I often come across issues with a file to be printed and cannot make the needed changes or compensations as they arise ...
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Illustrator: how to determine whether all text in AI file is outlined or not

I was working on a printable design for a client, before sending Ai file to the client I outlined all the fonts. But the client told me that printing people having an issue with the missing font, I ...
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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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Is holography technology accessible?

A client recently asked me if I was able to help him with a project to create a holographic 3D model on their business card, whose perspective would change as you orient the card, such as the mouse on ...
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Are graphic designers required to print things for clients?

I'd like to start doing design work but I always get caught up on this question... If I design something for a client, am I also required to handle the print work?
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How do I set up non-rectangular paper shapes for printing in Adobe Illustrator?

How can I design and set the correct page settings in Illustrator for print products like in these images? What will be the bleed measurement?
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Why are the bleed and slug lines outside my pages?

I created a new document with 3mm bleed and 5mm slug, portrait, facing pages checked, 120mm x 160mm. But bleed & slug lines are outside the page! Why is that?
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How do you a get graphic both in front of and behind text like this?

I hope someone can help me. I know about Object, Arrange and text wrap and all that, but I still cannot figure out how to get an object to go both in front of and behind text at the same time as in ...
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What term is used to refer to cut vinyl stickers?

I'm looking to have a decently sized run (anywhere from 100-1000, depending on cost) of stickers made using my company's logo. My standard sources for vinyl stickers don't seem to have options for cut ...
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How should I set up dielines so that they are not printed?

I want to add that white lines on the project, but don't want that line to be visible on the printed element. How can I do that? Working in CMYK in Adobe CS6.
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Should I expand the appearance of my gradients before printing?

I know that I should create outlines on all the text I'm using before printing to ensure that any unique typefaces get printed correctly, and I see that there are options to also expand gradient ...
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Considerations for a producing a multi-color logo

I'm working on a logo where the client ask that I incorporate additional colors. I currently have a two color logo, orange and green, and they want the orange to transform into the red. This makes ...
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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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How were Apollinaire’s Calligrammes typeset?

How were Apollinaire’s Calligrammes typeset? Was it set on a letterpress? Linotype? How were the curved lines achieved? I can't seem to find anything online about this, but I am very curious.
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How to create a document with alternating (left and right) master pages without working in spreads?

I am creating a large pricelist with multiple (15) master pages (for example, pages 1–10 have Master A and 10–20 have master B and so on). The end result will bee a saddle-stitched booklet that the ...
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Identifying printing quality issues

I have just received some business cards that I ordered to a local copy shop (not a printing house). The result is acceptable, but it doesn't look very professional. It is 87x54.5 mm, while the ...
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Outline consecutive numbers up to 132 to be used as stickers

I had a project where I had to design numbers only consisting of a stroke for some cabinets starting from 001 to 132. I would like to know the easiest way to generate these numbers instead of typing ...
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Converting bar code to CMYK "True Black"

I have .tiff. Part of the .tiff is a bar code. My printer is insisting the bar code be converted to 100%K - CMYK "pure black". (Their words) A couple obstacles: The Bar Code has been scaled up. ...
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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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