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Exporting file dimensions in Illustrator not correct

I need to create a pdf 8.75" x 11.25" (which has the bleeding and safety zones) for a print flyer of 8" x 11". My print shop said the flyer pdf I got is actually 36.47 x 46.89. My designer sent me a ...
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Create gray color while printing

To use the color gray in black and white offset printing, which is used both in the text as a headline and in the context of some other pages, which method is better? Reduce tint of black color, for ...
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Overprint with laser a inkjet print and vice versa

I would like if that's possible to overprint an inkjet print with a laser one in order to put a toner only in some areas and process this multi layered paper with additional finishing after. I've ...
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Printing a Vinyl Sticker "Skin" for a large City-Owned Bin (Skins for Binz)

Apologies for the extremely newbie question, but I'm way out of my area of expertise here. I'm working with a municipal government on a community composting program. Several large bins consisting of a ...
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Large format pdf - can't save?

So I am building a 10' x 2' 300dpi sign for my buddies restaurant. I have never prepared anything that large for print (I'm mostly a web developer). I have my freaking huge psd, 120in by 24in, 300dpi, ...
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(color/shift) profiles in Scribus

I'm new to this stack exchange and I have a question. I downloaded some of the ICC colour profiles from Travis Shaffer's cool thing called [color/shift]. As I tried to put the thing into C:\Program ...
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Is it possible to set the width in Adobe illustrator to 45m?

It's for printing in a scaffold sheeting roll and client wants me to format it in three different sizes: 3m x 45m – 2m Height Print 3m x 45m – 1.8m Height Print 2m x 45m – 1m Height Print I'm not ...
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PLEASE HELP making a file with the most insane dimensions I have ever seen

I am trying to PhotoShop decals for a vending machine going into my works new office building but cant make any sense of this blueprint let alone measure its dimensions accurately into photoshop. If ...
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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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How to join two lines created by curvature pen tool

I am trying to use curvature pen tool to draw shapes, but unable to draw further lines on this shape with curvature tool. how to join curvature pen tool line with another pen tool line in illustrator??...
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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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Photoshop: which document size for a company stamp?

I have been asked to create a design for a company for their stamps that they use to validate letters and paychecks and so on. I was wondering if anyone knew if the size i do for the design of the ...
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How do I make a printable design for a cardgame?

I'm designing a cardgame with about 20 different cards. Every card has a unique text on it and they all share the same cardframe that i'm designing. I'm trying to think of a clever way to make some ...
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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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Printer resolution (two different numbers) I just don't get it

I'm searching for a printer that will give me the highest quality print out for a press-n-peel / etching project I'm playing around with and I just realized that I seem to be having a blonde moment.. ...
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Color shift when image is converted to CMYK

I'm working with a graphic designer to design a book cover for a self-published title of mine on Amazon. The purple in the cover image becomes dull when converted to the required CMYK. Original Image ...
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Is it possible and reasonable to compensate the media white point of a target color profile?

I’ve been trying to figure out color management (mostly in InDesign, but this question is more general) in a print production workflow in more detail recently. What I am trying to achieve is printing ...
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Printing poster from inDesign file

I've inherited an InDesign file and I'm new to the software. I need to send an exported PDF to print a 30"x40" poster from this InDesign file. The InDesign file was designed as a simple flyer, at 8.5"...
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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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InDesign / PDF Export for 2 colour print

I am working on a document and the client would like an exported PDF with the following settings “2/2 coloured black + plus 1 additional colour”. It is a CYMK document and currently exports as 4/4 ...
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Is HTML and CSS a viable choice for storing print designs?

CSS supports paged media via print media queries. HTML has been created to support hypertext documents only but since then evolved and has a wide wariety of tags that when used with modern CSS, can be ...
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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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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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Printed booklet changes margins on every second page

I have encountered a very strange problem. I am printing booklets (abt. 80 pages) where one page is in A5 format, the arranged booklet-pages by InDesign are all in A4 and I have to arrange these ...
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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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Printing type with thin ornaments in light gray: tints of black or spot gray?

I will be printing invitations with body text set in 14pt Snell Roundhand Bold which has "pen strokes" that end with very thin ornaments. The text needs to be light gray and, if I understand ...
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How to make a vivid orange pantone color for a book title, if I need it to be printed in process colors along with some photo?

I need to print a title for a book cover and it needs to be bright/vivid orange, but it needs to be printed in Process colour along with a photograph.. (to print it at the same time) and i dont know ...
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How to check a PDF which is presumably only supposed to be using black text with no coloured elements?

I have been provided with a text-only PDF which is supposed to only be using black in 100% K or tints of black (50% K, 60% K, etc). The client needs to print this using a black plate process and ...
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Acrobat Preflight - Checking Object/Line Width

It's been years since I've used Pre-flight in Acrobat, but I've had a situation come up where I need to check certain objects before PDFs go to print. Our packaging files are created in Illustrator ...
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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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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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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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What is the best colour scheme to use for a shirt design, CMYK or RGB?

What is the best colour scheme to use for a shirt design, CMYK or RGB?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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