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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 ...
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Creating booklet “templates” for users with no design experience

Currently, we design print booklets in Adobe InDesign. We create hundreds of these booklets a year, the design and layout is mostly the same, some content and images are swapped out on each. We ...
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Saving an image for print on Vistaprint

I am making a 6x4 postcard and I want to upload it to vistaprint to print. What should one save the image in Photoshop as and what settings? Are there anything to take into consideration while ...
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Best way to resize book in different size?

I have some 120 pages 2-colour books (with line diagrams and some grayscale pictures) designed in Coreldraw and Indesign in a specific size (8.5" x 11"). I have to now redesign the book in a smaller ...
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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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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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Which software to quickly format and edit a price list

I've been trying to design a price list using Photoshop, and it just feels like there should be a more efficient way to do it than writing and aligning boxes of text. I am trying to design something ...
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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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19" PSD printed as 19'…Where did I go wrong?

I'm in the early stages of designing a silk screen for a product panel. I threw together a mockup in Photoshop so I could tape it on top of a current plate panel and present it to the decision ...
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Illustrator: which settings to design a logo for print [closed]

What settings should I use when creating a document for logo printing? Looking to achieve the best quality for my logo design.
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Booklet Layout Question

I am on a deadline to print a booklet for our church choir and am having trouble with the layout. I have 12 pages, and am using the print booklet feature, but I need to print this from our printer ...
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InDesign: how to mark lines for printing cuts?

How can I insert printing marks to designate a smaller format than the page size? Printing shop insists that for making a 7x5 inch print they need me to insert it into an A5 document. So placed it as ...
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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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Transparencies of text boxes change in print?

I'm designing a magazine intended to be printed for publication. On InDesign, I have set the transparency/opacity as it best looks on screen. This is for textboxes and background overlays. But I've ...
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What type of paper and which size to use for flyers?

I am a doctor by profession and have recently set up my own clinic. For this I want to print out flyers in order to let the general public know about my newly opened clinic. Don't have much knowledge ...
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T-Shirts Design Print [closed]

I have recently designed and sent a 1 colour t-shirt to a client for the final review. I used black colour for white shirts and white colour on black shirts. I know now i should use Pantone Spot ...
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How to count total magazine pages correctly for sending info to printer?

I need to send a magazine to printer and I need to provide total number of pages including cover. Inside pages are 100, does this mean that I should say 102? Or cover counts as 4 pages, outside and ...
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Print question - legal and copyright

A client has approached me with a PDF and would like me to find him a price on the print, to beat his previous printers cost. Can I legally do this? Just forward another PDF on? I'm a bit anxious ...
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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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Illustrator: how to add bleed to a circular badge?

I am trying to make a badge (75mm diameter) for my team in Illustrator. The question is, how do I add bleed to the final PDF or AI file in order to be sent for printing?
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Why can't laser printers always reproduce small isolated dots?

I'm studying computer graphics, and it's mentioned that laser printers, differently from inkjet printers, can't reproduce very small isolated dots. But I couldn't find an explanation why. The only ...
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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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Gimp: how to create a realistic tumbler mockup

I'm buying a bunch of RTIC-Tumbler-30-oz to get engraved for my family. However I was hoping to do a "full body" engraving and wanted to do mock ups of the engraving. But with the middle having a ...
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InDesign: missing links reported, will a PDF export work for printing?

After exporting from InDesign to PDF everything looks in place, while InDesign shows a lot of links missing. I am wondering if it could be printed without problems?
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InDesign: how to properly set bleed and trim marks?

I have a very important and urgent 8-pages brochure to print with 3mm bleeds & trim marks. But I am faced with a few concerns and would appreciate any good words about: I've created A4 document, ...
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InDesign: How to set magazine layout pages for PDF export?

I am working on a magazine design and my pages are set up as spreads that also has bleed. I have some questions about this and also some other questions regarding to preparing file for print. Do I ...
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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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How do I indicate a cut for a dotted line in a dieline?

I made a packaging design for a rectangular box and I'm trying to figure out how to indicate when a line is not simply FOLDED (as indicated with a dotted line) but CUT as a dotted line.
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Corel: color profiles and print specs for print

I use CorelDraw X3 to make designs of flexes of different sizes like 6'x3', 20'x10', 28'x10.2', 12'x6' and 15'x3' and whenever I send my files to printing press to print it get print very dull colors. ...
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Matching colors between digital designs and the results on any material?

I've been assigned to do a search on colors and I was asked to find a global color standard for all colors applied on all kinds of materials, like iron, plastic, glass, carton, paper, fabric etc. Is ...