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How to create an A4 trifold brochure?

I need to to know what my artboard's size be to created for a trifold brochure. For my own reference I folded an A4 paper manually. So my question is will a horizontal A4 sized artboard will do to ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Select all objects with the same color in Illustrator

I have an .ai file of a label. It has various shades of green in its design. I want to replace all objects with that color and change it to a new color. So if I pick #d0d0d0 and want to replace it ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Problem with transparency when printing with black background - Scribus

I am currently realizing a poster with Scribus (I am a beginner) and run into troubles while printing with black background. I have several pictures with transparent backgrounds (png). First, the ...
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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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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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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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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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From Corel Draw To InDesign

We have received a finished catalog design in CDR format for print from our partner company. We want to use the same items with a similar design to our catalog. But the issue is that we use ...
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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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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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Vinyl printing at home?

I'm looking to invest into a vinyl machine that would allow me to print stickers for my brand. I have a few questions on how it works, and overall pricing: If I want to print onto a clear vinyl with ...
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Illustrator: how to export the same artwork for two different page sizes (for example, A4 and A3)?

I have a poster design that needs to be printed in two different formats. The artboard is set to A4, and when I export a PDF, it's exported as A4. How can I easily export an A3 PDF version of the ...
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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 handle bleed area for internal corner on cut acrylic label

I've been tasked with creating a cut acrylic label with an offset protruding graphic. The label will be approx 5 cm x 10 cm with a 3 mm bleed. How do I handle the bleed area for the internal corners? ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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