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Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Pantone Matching System used for ceramics and if so which version?

I'm about to send a manufacturer a 3d model to be created on a ceramic-like surface and when I was going to pick colors, I found out that the Pantone world of naming colors but those are mostly for ...
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Why can't you get one-off stickers/vinyls printed?

I am trying to find sites that can create one(or two)-off stickers/vinyls that are transparent. From what I am getting is that it may not be profitable enough to make it worth the company's time but ...
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What is a good site to explore all of the different print materials?

I am new to design and looking to get more familiar with different materials available to print on, different paper weights, learn about vinyls, etc. Does anyone know of some good sources to learn ...
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Does on-disc artwork printing and finishing use a special coating?

When professional packaging printers print artwork onto the surface of optical disc media using the likes of a UV Digital offset disc printer, Do the printers then apply any kind of special coating / ...
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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 (...
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What's the term for CMYK ink proof/tests that are printed on inconspicuous places of packaging, newspapers, etc?

I'm looking to place the color proof/test somewhere on the printable area of a box. The problem is that I don't know what they are called and where to get information about them (pattern, template, ...
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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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What should stationery include?

I am trying to organize my client folders and one of them is stationery. I am hoping to hear some advice on what you think stationery includes. Would it be only business cards, letterheads, and ...
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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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Illustrator - communicating with printing company

I want to send some artwork (signs) to a printing company - about 20 designs, with varying quantities printed. Each sign is on it's own artboard in illustrator. What is the best way to clearly ...
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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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my team in Asia always asks for AI format but my customer only wants to give PDF files

Help..... I am a graphic novice and have a potentially basic question. I manufacture in Asia and my team there always asks for AI format files to do the printing of packaging. My client fights ...
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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 ...