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Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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Specifying paper weight/thickness for a textbook

I have to specify print instructions for a textbook that will be printed in China. If I want to create a hardcover textbook that is 300 pages in length, and will weigh less than 5 pounds, what paper ...
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Are CMYK toners fluorescent in typical color laser printers?

A typical laser color printer uses four toner colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) to be able to print different colors. Are the individual toner colors typically daylight fluorescent? For example ...
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Printing on coloured paper

How should one prepare a file for print on Adobe programs (Most likely using Indesign for this project) when the paper is coloured? I want to make a poster with text and other elements but no ...
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Advice on how to do intricate “non-printing” or “cutout” areas

I did a marginal amount of searching but kind of lack the semantics so apologies if this has been addressed repeatedly. I am in the final stages of a design on a metal can. It's a small can and I ...
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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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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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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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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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Printer recommendations?

I have been using online printer suppliers previously but I am wanting to invest some money into a good quality printer so I can print business cards (on normal, Gloss & matt card) and flyers... ...
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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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Template for a two sided, double parallel fold document A6 portrait

From several articles and posts I have read, the margins for the folds would not be evenly spaced so that the brochure can be tucked into itself. I have not been able to find a template showing where ...
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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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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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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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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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Unable to proof print on dark colored paper [closed]

I am trying to do a proof print on coloured paper in order to simulate offset printing on the same paper, but my plotter refuses to print. It loads the paper, passes over it with the light diode, ...
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Print saddle-stitch booklet that isn’t a multiple of 4 pages

At the last print shop I worked at there was a trick while imposing a booklet that allowed us to print booklets that weren't in multiples of 4, where "half a section" (maybe not the correct technical ...
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Large format printer that will print on 1/8th inch material?

My company provides custom orthopedic products. Our major seller is custom foot orthotic (CFO) inserts. The 'top cover' on the CFO, the part that touches your foot/sock is either a 1/8th in. material ...
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Designing Flash Cards in Indesign Two-Sided Document

I am designing a template for 6 2.5" x 5" flash cards on an 8.5" x 11" landscape orientation in InDesign to be printed at a print shop. There is a front and back side design and they are aligned ...
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What are the minimum safe conditions for running a small dye sublimation heat press?

I work in an office that has recently purchased an 8.5x11" Sawgrass dye sub printer, which we're using with a 14x14" clamshell heat press and a mug press. I am aware that some of the vaporized ink ...
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Reflective badges printed “at home”

We have a badge machine for making badges based on design that we print using our laser printer. The is useful for small runs and short deadlines. Currently we print on normal 80 gsm paper, which is ...
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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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How to design a template for printing variable data on a label

I designed a product label in Inkscape, saved as PNG. The manufacturer of the product needs to print batch number, best before etc using his own printer at the manufacturing site which uses CDR file ...
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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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Which format to deliver graphic work for a client that will print himself?

I am making some illustrations to deliver to a client that is going to print on items like notebooks and cups. I'm working in Illustrator, but don't know which is the best format to deliver the work. ...
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Pantone gradients methods without causing breakout

Customer orders a 2 color PMS print. Black and PMS 801 C. Provided art is a CMYK gradient. Example below. In the next example below, converting the gradient to Black and PMS Blue not only looks ...
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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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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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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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Hi-res billboard design print specs

I'm tasked with designing the FIRST billboard for our store. I'm excited and I have the design all set, but I wanted to know if I've done this right. The specs are as follows: Size: Final Trim (...
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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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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 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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Do PNG images print CYMK?

I am designing a logo for teespring... I have used Microsoft Word for font, then exported word to PDF, which I have then saved on my Sony Xperia. I then take a screenshot of the PDF (as it is open on ...
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Printing on glass or plastic packaging/container without a clear label

What is the name of the printing process that can be used to print directly on plastic cosmetic packaging or a glass jar? It can be a printer with metal or colour. And it is not a clear label.
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Does the black ink in dye-based printers always smudge?

I recently purchased an HP Envy 5540 printer with original inks and noticed that none of the colours smudge when I run my fingers across them – apart from the black ink on the page which smudges very ...
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I have to create a poster for a trade show booth. Is the photo I have to use too small in size?

I have a very tight deadline to create a trade show booth poster in Adobe Illustrator. The size is 40" x 53.5". It is CMYK, 300 dpi. One of the stock photos that I must use in it, which has been ...
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Is there a color registration issue in digital printing?

I have some experience with offset printing. I always have to take into account the color registration issue when preparing a file for print. Now I have to prepare for digital printing. Is it true ...
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Are stickers with Holograms called anything in particular? [closed]

I'm not even sure if i'm searching for the right term. is hologram sticker how this material is called?
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How do I adjust the level of black in a photoshop file?

I don't claim to be an expert in print media, but I have been getting stuff printed professionally for a while. Today I'm using a new printer for the first time, and they've come back asking for this: ...
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Printing a logo on a 3x2.3m

im new here so sorry if i do any mistakes in explaining. I've been doing graphic design works but explicitly for online and digital usage, never print. Now, im about to enter into the printing area of ...
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What is the effect of “Output Intent Profile Name”, when exporting PDF from InDesign?

I wonder what Output intent profile name means, when exporting a PDF from InDesign. Does it have any effect at all on the result, or is it just a piece of information, a text string, that is stored in ...
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InDesign: how to prepare document for packaging

I'm using InDesign to design a packaging that has different large sides, flaps, bleed, etc. and artwork all over these. Which is the smartest way to build this kind of document with InDesign? Is it ...
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iPhone Screenshot Print Size

The current iPhone (non-plus models) have a screen resolution of 1334x750px. If I were to use one of these in a design, what physical printed size could I scale the screenshot to where the resolution ...
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Printing from directly from InDesign vs PDF

After exporting a file to PDF from InDesign to be imposed in Acrobat, we sometimes get unexpected color/appearance changes that are almost always easily solved by printing directly from InDesign. We ...
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I need tips on saving HUGE JPEG Files

im creating canvas artwork, at 30 inches x 40 inches. The files are huge and they need to be under 20mb for me to upload. I heard .tif files could keep the image quality as well as keeping a low ...
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Bleeds inside an artwork (Photoshop)

I'm doing layout design for an LP cover and the record label insists to have print ready PDFs and .psd files, making use of a template they provided. They also want 3mm bleeds along the lines of the ...
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Upscale an entire document, either in InDesign or in Acrobat pro?

I've designed a book in Indesign. I'd like to scale it up just a tad. Fonts are 11pts...more readable at 12pts or so...I'm not wanting to do an entire new layout. If not in indesign what about in ...
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So maybe I got the wrong printer?

Here I am again with my printing issues. So I found this old business card printed on uncoated paper: Since I am having problems in printing bright colors on matte coated paper with my IP8750, I ...
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Why would home printers work better with an RGB image

In @Scott's answer to this question Best format to save Photoshop artwork for printing?, he states that most home printers will more accurately reproduce the colors from an RGB image than a CMYK image....