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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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Brightest colours in CMYK

Am I right in thinking that colours that are pure cyan, magenta or yellow would come out brighter in print than colours such as green or purple for example? Due to the fact that they haven't been ...
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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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Print Question about Spot Color vs CMYK Process with Outer-Glow in Illustrator

Ok, I know this has been discussed before but I'm hopping to get an answer that touches more on the print methodology rather than the quirkiness of Illustrator when it comes to Spot Color ...
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Need help figuring out how to blow up photo for extremely large mural

I'm working on an exhibit design and I'm trying to work out how to blow up this photo to fit a very large wall. The photograph is: 19.28 x 12.87 in, 22.3 MP, and 300dpi The wall is: 13 ft by 31ft Can ...
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How can I achieve this print look for a Bookcover?

i'm currently designing a book cover and try to find a possibility to produce a golden square like in the picture, with text on it. I think in the picture they used a sticker. How can I achieve this ...
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How to prepare full bleed stickers to print in AI

I need to prepare stickers with lots of detail for printing. The trick is customer want full bleed. Is there any smarter idea how to do that in AI than drawing it by hand?
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Billboard design for 10ft width * 5 ft height size … what is actual down scaling size in illustrator to prevent system hang

to design 10ft * 5ft banner of actual size what is the exact process for down scaling illustrator and raster images in photoshop please guide me i am new
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Photoshop PDF not appearing in Save As - too large document?

I've got a banner that is 43,000px x 8,500px @96dpi done in Photoshop but the PDF option does not come up in the Save As. Only if I reduce it to 30,000px across will the Save As PDF option come up. Is ...
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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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How to print very long images (e.g. 10“ x 64”) on a single sheet of paper

I've got a very long image (10" x 64") that I would like to print on regular paper. Most of the printing services I've seen print either posters (e.g. 24x36) or vinyl banners (e.g. for ...
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Why do my prints always produce a magenta tint? Is there a more calculated approach I can take to my print prep?

I photograph and colour correct oil painting photographs I shoot in Adobe RGB and print on a latex printer with the company's ICC profile (I don't know if I have to embed it into my photos or the ...
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InDesign: export single pages as spreads

There seems to be a lot of guides out there on how to convert spreads to single pages in InDesign... but what about the other way round? E.g. I'm currently setting up a brochure (with facing pages) so ...
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Is there a difference between tinting K100 black and using a lower K value?

I just finished laying out a book that’s to be printed as 1+1. For table headers and a few other things, I used a light grey. Now, for some reason (not sure why), I just realised I’ve defined all ...
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Is QuarkXpress still relevant for manuscripts and books please? [duplicate]

I used QuarkXpress years ago when freelancing on a temporary basis with a local printer/publisher, when I edited manuscripts for local authors and developed the layouts. The version with which I am ...
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Can anyone suggest a paper similar to mass-produced movie posters?

I'm looking to print posters similar to the mass-produced movie posters. Is there a place online that sells 13"x19" or 11"x17" or similar sized paper that I can use for printing ...
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Large Format Design - Client needs 4x12 3up at 300dpi but under 300mb

I’ve been working with an indie sign company the past two weeks, and currently we are working on a wood texture sign for a restaurant meant to be viewed from a driving distance/on the road. The sign ...
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Converting colour space to RGB

I usually use the colour bridge coated guide to get a match between my cmyk and spot colour. The problem is I find the RGB colour match in the bridge book (which im aware is a conversion from the ...
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Demystifying printers capabilities in drawing continuous colors

It is known that the printers quality is given by their DPI specification (and not only). Reading out what DPI means and how it is applied to printers, a question arise in my mind. If printers do many ...
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Why would you not scale down pages for digital proofing?

I read a good book on DTP. The author stated, that one should not scale down the pages for digital proofing. (To cut costs). Instead he advises, that one should pick the most significant fragments of ...
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Do you provide prints to home users with crop marks or cutting lines for cutting with scissors?

I wonder which alternative is more useful to the home user and what the standard thickness of these are.
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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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Cut Marks (Interrupted rectangles in the corners)

I recently read a post explaining cut marks and their purpose. However, if they're meant as guidelines as to what has to be cut off to create a neat brochure in the right size, why are they still ...
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open layout | file size: 530x230 bleed included scale 1:1 / 1:10* - What is meant by that?

I've received a description for a logo I have to export and don't understand what they mean. I tried to google it, but without success. The description is written as follows: "Demands are as follows (...
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How to print a large Photoshop file (.psb)?

I want to print a large document, a PSB file of 3.21 Go. But I want that document to be 270x305 cm and 300 dpi. The problem is that my printer want a file in the EPS format and that Photoshop don't ...
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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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When printing, how thin is “too thin” for use of rich black vs standard blacks?

I've read up a bunch of posts about the differences and understand about misregistration, etc. I also realize it will probably vary somewhat depending on the actual printing equipment, ink, and paper ...
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Scaling leaflet up from A5 to A0 in Indesign

Is it to simply resize the PDF size, to covert all text to outlines and resize in A0 size or duplicate the Indesign file and increase all the text size manually?
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Im using CMYK/8 but my prints are still dull why is this? (Not RGB to CMYK issue)

I've created my artwork for wedding invites in Photoshop (CMYK/8), placed them in an InDesign doc and when I print the colours, they are coming out exceptionally dull to the point the colours look ...
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Use Google fonts for printing [duplicate]

Can I print the User Guide using Google fonts legally? In particular, Roboto.
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Made packaging design in Photoshop but now need it in Corel Draw

The printer we're working with says that a Photoshop file can't be printed and need a CDR file. The resolution of my PSD file is 300dpi, but he says it's blurry. What should I do ?
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What are the differences between gloss, matte and silk paper?

I've decided to print my flyers with a thickness of 250 gsm for a luxurious feel, but can't decide what type of paper to go with. I'm leaning towards gloss paper, both to increase the luxuriousness ...
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Cut elements from multiple groups in Illustrator

I have multiple groups consisting of multiple shapes that overlap each other. As I want to print the design on a shirt and want the shirtcolor to shine though I can't use fill color but only outline ...
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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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Question about laser printer

I'm trying to print double side pages with my laser printer, I noticed that when I run my paper 2 times in the printer, the paper becomes kinda grey and not as white as it was... I read online that ...
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CMYK value for luxury gold

I'm designing a flyer, and want to use a bright gold for the logo/header text to convey a sense of luxury and professionalism. Making the printed flyers glossy should go some way to achieving this, ...
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Printing logos on flex/vinyl banners

I am creating an artwork that will be produced as flex/vinyl banners. My client wants to include a bunch of logos. All those logos (size: medium/high) are downloaded from the web. Is it alright to use ...
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How does one make & print fluorescent designs in photoshop?

Do you just use fluorescent pantone colours? And if so, how do you go about printing? Is RGB the correct file format? Even then, will I have to specify the colours used to the printing company? Also - ...
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Should I color my background or keep it transparent?

I'm creating a flyer and plan on printing on a metallic cardstock (Neenah Metallic in Chalice Silver to be exact). My issue is that during the creation process, I used a background that was as close ...
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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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300dpi rasterized image, what dimensions?

I've tried Googling this for some time to no avail. If I'm printing a label for a tiny bottle, and the label file dimensions are exactly the same size of the label @ 300dpi, is there any added ...
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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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