Questions tagged [print-production]

Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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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....
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How do I get deep blacks on print?

I bought a Pixma ip8750 to try and make my first steps in printing. It does print in hexachromy, so it has a grey, a dye black and a pigmented black. However the results I am getting in b&w prints ...
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What type of paper is used for mass-produced posters?

I'm looking to order prints of some artwork, and I'd like the paper to be the same or similar type used for mass-produced posters, such as movie/sports/music posters (by companies such as Trends ...
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InDesign: how to prepare book for perfect binding

I am designing a perfect bound book, I understand that the pages will all be single, so they can easily be in different paper (colour, weight etc), but I can't figure out how I can tell the printer ...
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What are best practices for creating a duotone? [duplicate]

Any duotone experts out there? What would be your main tips to create duotones? Other than using a light and a dark color and mapping them to light and shadows. I'm interested especially in print ...
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Using vector artwork for print [duplicate]

The logo I've created is all type. The type has been created in Adobe illustrator. I realise that it is vectorised already, but just need to clarify if the vector image is suitable for print outs ...
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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 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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Printing photographs when job is a 2 spot color job

my client is printing a newsletter and they are using only two spot colors and neither is black. The newsletter contains photos so what are my options? Can I make the photos gray-scale and then use ...
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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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Social media icons size for business card

I'm designing a business card for a client, and for the first time I'm going to use social media icons, such as Facebook/Instagram etc. I've been going through some of their guidelines and in the case ...
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PNG file lifted from website for business card

I am doing a business card for my dad, and he has a website with the logo I'm going to use. Can i copy this image straight off the website as a .png file, or will this not translate nicely when it is ...
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Problem with jagged/pixellated prints

I'm at my wit's end so I thought I'd throw my question out there! I recently bought a new laser printer, a monochrome Samsung xpress M2835DW. Set it up all proper and everything. I wanted to use it ...
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What is the most suitable vinyl for breeze block internal walls?

Using a Latex printer. Printing a mural, never applied vinyl to breeze block surface before, not sure what will apply best. Does it need to be polymeric or cast?
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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 to plot images using cutting plotter with pencil?

I have cutting plotter and I want to plot raster or vector pictures with it. For example I have a photo... I convert it to B/W mode, than using some software (this is the question - what software!?) ...
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Dark images from my laser printer. What to do?

I don't know much about printing but I love Stack Exchange so thought I'd post this here and see what people have to say about it. If there is a better site to ask about this sort of thing, please let ...
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What is the expected layout when sending small dimension items for printing?

Should small items, like business cards, vouchers, and coupons; be sent to a printer with 1 item per page, or with multiple copies of the same item arranged on a larger page? If it is 1 item per page,...
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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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Screen Printing Gradients on Fabric

I'm creating t-shirts with designs printed on them (which have gradient colors). Can screen printing be used for this? Our printer uses a DTG printer, but it's too slow & expensive.
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Correcting colors for logos on Business cards

I am designing business cards in Illustrator, however my printers use Corel Draw and some of the logos do not show up on their side. They mention 'overprinting', but I do not know what that means. ...
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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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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 ...