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Questions tagged [print-production]

Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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Print in Acrobat with Color Profile and Relative or Perceptual intent

I'm used to print regularly with Photoshop and custom icc color profiles, relative or perceptual intent and/or black point compensation so I'm pretty aware of that kind of settings. I tried to follow ...
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Exporting Scaled Down Artwork to PDF for Large Scale Print

I've been a graphic designer working mostly in print for the past 15 years and I just realised that the way I have been exporting for Large Scale Print has been wrong this whole time. Normally if ...
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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 stretch the content in InDesign?

Any advice how can I change the size of the document all the way to the bleed mark, that is to stretch the content? The problem is, bleed always goes outside of the document. This document that I'm ...
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What resolution should a large format artwork for print be?

For wall-sized graphics and large banners (e.g 3m x 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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How should Colour Ranges, that exceed 4 colours, be referred to?

I am aware that CMYK is a Colour Gamut used for Printing, representing the following colours: C: Cyan; M: Magenta; Y: Yellow; K: Black. What I have not come across are standard terms used, when ...
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All other things being equal, does printing an image from Illustrator instead of Photoshop produce better quality?

Say you have a vector image you open up in both Photoshop and Illustrator in DINA3 and 300ppi, wanting to print it in 300dpi. So when it comes to their pixel resolution, they're the same and all the ...
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Should I print on colored stock or print background color on white?

As a hobby / small side business, I design greeting cards. So far, I have had all my cards digitally printed on white stock. I would like to mix things up and have some cards that do not have a white ...
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Laser print proofs quite dark

I'm a graphic designer and use an iMac. My monitor is correctly calibrated and I use appropriate colour settings. So when I send work to a commercial printer the colour of finished pieces are a pretty ...
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InDesign: knockout / overprinting

I am preparing an A5 flyer for print using a printing company that my client requested. The doc will be 5 colours as there is a Pantone spot colour in there too. In the artwork checklist provided by ...
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Which is a better print resolution 2400 x 2400 DPI or 1200 X 4800 DPI

What is the difference in print resolution 2400 X 2400 DPI and 1200 X 4800 DPI. Is on better than the other if so how do you measure it
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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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What is a paper engineer?

Recently I've wanted to get into making a pop-up book for kids and upon my research I've seen it mentioned the pre-production process starting with a paper engineer. Since this question wasn't on the ...
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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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How is Illustrator overprint preview calculated?

I'm trying to plan an art print, and I need to use overprinting to reach the colors I'm after. For the most part, Illustrator's multiply blend mode seems to function the same as the overprint preview. ...
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How to fix ink coverage over 320%

When preflighting a magazine advert, I am getting a warning about ink coverage being over 320%. The problem is that the colours causing this are in an image with a green filter. Unfortunately I cant ...
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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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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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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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Logo in Illustrator to Photoshop for High-PPI Export

I've created a logo in Adobe Illustrator at the exact dimensions in inches that I want the final result to have (to print on a t shirt). I'd now like to take this logo into Photoshop for post-...
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InDesign: correct page order for printing tri-fold brochure

I have designed a trifold brochure spanning 6 spreads in InDesign using individual pages. My print-shop tells me I have to arrange them into two pages (each containing three of my spreads), one being ...
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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 do printer's ask for PMS Colors to be called out?

We send Illustrator files to print manufactures overseas and they ask for PMS colors to be called out somewhere within the artboard (a box of color with PMS 376 typed out underneath for example). I ...
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Data Merge 7 barcodes on 1 page 4000 times

I have to place 7 different barcodes on to 1 page but then they run 4000 times sequentially. I tried to use scripts such as ImagesToCSV, but the images don't link when merged. Other option is to ...
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Print resolution standards - has anything changed?

I have recently been asked a few times by printers to supply higher than standard quality files without a good explanation to why (aside from saying that the file size seems too small - but we all ...
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What are PW and PD units?

I need to create an ad, and these are the specs I was given: 1/8 Page FC w/eLink, Horizontal, 3.333" x 2.166", 20.0000 PW x 13.0000 PD - Full Color I was told the 20.0000 PW x 13.0000 PD were pixel ...
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Large-format Vinyl for Decals or Labels

What's the best large-format vinyl to print on using eco-solvent inks? Vinyl for decals or labels? I'm currently running a Roland SOLJET PRO4 XR-640. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Ensuring that MS Word margin settings meet provided requirements

I've the following set of requirements with respect to the document margins: 4cm binding margin 2cm head margin 2.5cm fore-edge margin 4cm tail margin How to ensure that MS Word ...
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Wall-Sized Canvas Print

I am trying to figure out the best medium (at a good intersection of cost and quality) for an approximately 10 ft x 10 ft print. (This is for an exhibit that I'm putting on with my own budget. I'll ...
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What are the 6 primary colors?

I'm working on a design and in the rules it says this: When designing/prepping final files, please be aware that there is a 6 color limitation on secondary and a 6 color limit on primary. Please ...
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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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Billboard Design [duplicate]

If I need to make a billboard design according to USA fie size. How can I make such bigsizes bilboard in my Adobe Illustrator? As while designing it starts hanging and takes a lot of time to save. How ...
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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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.25" bleed on an irregular shape

How would I go about adding in a .25" bleed on the shape attached? The magenta line is the final shape. These will be diecut so I'm hoping it won't matter too much but I'm struggling to figure out the ...
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Bleed on a banner

Hi I'm wondering if someone can help me. What bleed should I add to a banner that is 5 meters x 1.3 meters? Any help is much appreciated.
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Are CMYK color profiles used when printing PDF files?

I have a PDF file, where all colors are in CMYK. Are CMYK color profiles used when printing this PDF file? There is a color profile on the PDF file, and then there is a color profile for the printer....
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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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When converting RGB to CMYK colour changes in print output

I am designing a poster in pink colour in RGB mode. The printing person ask me a CMYK file. I changed the mode to CMYK and send it to them, but when output comes the colour totally changes, it turns ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I print on a plastic sheet using a laser printer?

I want to print some lines on a plastic sheet (for this) using a laser jet printer (to be more specific, a HP M1005 MFP). I suspect it might burn when I try to print. Should I print or not? Or should ...