Questions tagged [print-production]

Questions about the production process of printed materials.

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How to create a document with alternating (left and right) master pages without working in spreads?

I am creating a large pricelist with multiple (15) master pages (for example, pages 1–10 have Master A and 10–20 have master B and so on). The end result will bee a saddle-stitched booklet that the ...
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Illustrator: how to set up document for 6x3" banner?

I'm making a banner for a client 6" tall X 3" wide. I gave the client a 72x36" PDF file, but they came back asking for a larger size? What did I do wrong and how do I fix it? Client feedback ...
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Illustrator: preparing to deliver a logo

I'm working on a logo that the client is going to print with transparent background for putting as a watermark on photos and other materials and i'm making another format for a stamp of 40x40mm. I'm ...
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Illustrator: which size for document to be printed at different scale

What size should I create my AI document in order to deliver to the client and allow her to print either really large or small without specifying a size?
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InDesign: how to setup a document for printing double sided, cropping off 1 inch

I have a document to be printed 2-up, double sided on 11x17 with an inch to be cut off one side so the final piece is 8x11. Can printer settings accommodate this with the portion to be cut off laid ...
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Inkscape: design and print a banner with an appropriate resolution

I need to print a banner with the size of 3x1m. Does that mean I should design the banner in Inkscape (my prefered vector software) with the canvas size of 3m x 1m also? Or could I design in smaller ...
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Scratch Off Label Printing

I am looking to purchase a printer that can print scratch off material, but am having trouble finding any companies that manufacture this type of printer. Are there any consumer printers available ...
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How were Apollinaire’s Calligrammes typeset?

How were Apollinaire’s Calligrammes typeset? Was it set on a letterpress? Linotype? How were the curved lines achieved? I can't seem to find anything online about this, but I am very curious.
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Risograph GR 1750: How to connect to PC [closed]

I have recently gotten my hands on an old, used Risograph GR 1750. It is in working condition and prints like a charm. In the manual it mentions on page 58 (see image below) that it is possible to ...
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Print quality on magnetic roll vinyl

I have a project which required printing on magnetic vinyl. I received a sample from the printer and the quality is awful, pixelated and grainy (see attached sample). The printer is usually excellent, ...
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Photoshop: working with dvd cover template provided by a printing company

I am quite comfortable with an older version (I think it's 7) of Photoshop. I need to add some text and graphics to it and then send it to be printed. The company I'm dealing with has a template that ...
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What do i provide my graphic designer with so they can do their job?

I am hiring a graphic designer to illustrate my bikini designs in Adobe Illustrator or any alternative software that works for them, so I can send the digital designs to manufacturers to produce the ...
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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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Issues with large scale print

I'm in dire need of your vast knowledge as I'm stuck with large issue. I'v been trying to research this problem as much as possible but at this moment I hit the wall without proper solution. Let me ...
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What is a good site to explore all of the different print materials?

I am new to design and looking to get more familiar with different materials available to print on, different paper weights, learn about vinyls, etc. Does anyone know of some good sources to learn ...
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Outline consecutive numbers up to 132 to be used as stickers

I had a project where I had to design numbers only consisting of a stroke for some cabinets starting from 001 to 132. I would like to know the easiest way to generate these numbers instead of typing ...
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InDesign: preparing artwork for Varnish or UV coating

I am working on a multipage document for a client. On the first page (the document cover) we need to overlay some basic shapes (squares) and prepare these to be varnished in production. My experience ...
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What is the largest size offset commercial printer?

I am looking to offset print a poster and can't find a service that does above 36"x48". Is this the largest size offset printing can accommodate? What's the cause of this limitation?
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Printing on small sheets of polypropylene

I'm looking to print on sheets of Polypropylene (PP) (the size of a playing card). It would be to put custom designs on PP sleeves, that look like this: I've considered some options, like screen ...
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Preparing artwork for print in illustrator?

I am preparing a complex artwork for print in illustrator which includes: textures, overprinting, overlapping colors, gradients, blend modes and transparencies I would like to prepare these files ...
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Printing on a bottle [closed]

I want to print CMYK digital label artwork onto a bottle that is concave vertically and convex laterally, is this possible and how?
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What Resolution Do I need for A Massive Company Sign in Photoshop? [duplicate]

I'm making a flat company sign for outside our building and the sizes are: Left Sign: (Width) 8.0 Meters x 0.850M (Length) Right Sign: (Width) 7.0 Meters x 0.850M (Length) I have 2 questions. What ...
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GIMP editor, how to set selection and trim image for production?

Using GIMP editor for Microsoft Windows. I have scanned an image and need to prepare the file for printing and the print file size/dimensions should be 88.5 x 57 mm: How can I set a rectangular ...
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How to Save As Adobe PDF with CMYK Color Format in Illustrator?

I'm currently working on a calendar design on Adobe Illustrator CC with CMYK color setting. From what I knew from my self-taught experience, we should prepare our files in CMYK format for printing ...
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Physical paper weight reference

So here's the thing. When I send an order to a printing shop, I never know what kind of paper I really need. So I just ask them what paper they'd propose me after I explain them the futur use of the ...
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Relationship between onscreen/printed CMYK and RGB

I edited a picture book using scribus, color management enabled, with CMYK TIFF images and corresponding profile as input. In principle my screen has been calibrated, though more than one year ago. I ...
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How to get PDF as glossy pages for cover and back pages, and newsprint for Inner content [inDesign CC]?

I have been creating an Adobe InDesign replica of a print magazine for my own learning purposes. This question is about the design and print side of InDesign. I have created an advertising magazine [...
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Business card with textured paper?

So, I am designing a business card in illustrator and I want it to have a texture like this Is this just the paper that it is printed on, or do I need to put some sort of texture in my design? Like ...
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InDesign: alternate version of catalogue with prices removed

I have prepared a catalogue with prices enclosed within a number of tables. For printing I need to prepare a PDF without these prices. Is there a way to quickly resolve this by hiding the prices, or ...
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Client requested artwork to print themselves

A client has requested that I supply a PDF of artwork I have previously designed and printed, about a year ago, for them so they can send to another printer to have more printed. I have always had a ...
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InDesign: which export settings for printing an A5 booklet

Getting a 48-page booklet professionally printed. The printing company states we should export as PDF (x1 a 2001) with fonts converted to outlines, but is that necessary? Also should it be exported in ...
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InDesign template for calendar printing

I am designing our company's annual calendar and to speed up the process I purchased this template. My question is, the creator of the template set the pages up as 11x17" (so the image is at the top, ...
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How were printing plates produced from multicolour drawings before the digital era?

There are many ways of duplicating an image. I'm thinking of graphics-containing newspapers and magazines circa 1950s and 1960s. When an artist produces an original ink-and-paint drawing/photograph/...
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Durable, cheap printing substrate

(Note: I asked this question on another SE site but I figured this site is more appropriate so I moved it here) I'm looking for a material on which I could print digital media, and a suitable ...
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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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What is a critical spine and when should I avoid it?

Recently, I made my first forays into professional book cover design. I submitted a design for a glued-back book with a base white front and back, but a coloured spine. The customer, an experienced ...
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Does on-disc artwork printing and finishing use a special coating?

When professional packaging printers print artwork onto the surface of optical disc media using the likes of a UV Digital offset disc printer, Do the printers then apply any kind of special coating / ...
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Can I print on a plastic sheet using a laser printer?

I want to print some lines on a plastic sheet (for this) using a laser jet printer (to be more specific, a HP M1005 MFP). I suspect it might burn when I try to print. Should I print or not? Or should ...
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How to design and print 3d anamorphic images?

Here's some photo of what I'm talking about the majority I've seen are floor and wall but I need to create this 3d effect on wall and ceiling with an aerial London skyline and clouds. using the image ...
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How to fix “’registration color’: black” error in PDF Preflight?

I'm preparing a document for print and I am in the preflight process. One of the errors is the colour issue shown in the image below. “Registration color”: Black How can I fix this?
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How to get a transparent and even effect printed on card board? [closed]

I want the card to shine through an even pink colour. Do I use silk screen? Overprint? Transparency? How to get this even and without the dots from the screen showing?
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Where to buy specific types of paper? [closed]

I am currently in the process of making printing out flyers and having them professionally cut. But before i need to know exactly where to buy them. I know I need either 80# matte text paper or 100# ...
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CD / DVD disc surface artwork printing - Epson Discproducer vs Professional optical disc offset printer?

As I stated in my last post I am a print design hobbyist and part time graphic designer. I am interested in trying to produce some of my designs onto the surface of blank CD / DVD optical discs with ...
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What type of paper is commonly used to print flyers [closed]

for example: I'm printing my design out onto paper but which type of paper is most environmentally friendly and has a slight shinny finish: glossy card cover matt this is for my graphics GCSE ...
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Print Finishes : Are “Spot UV” and “UV Varnish” the same thing? If not, what are the differences?

So I was browsing quotations for an online printer and i came across these two terms "Spot UV" and "UV Varnish". I understand that the Spot UV effect is sort of like adding some plastic-like ...
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Minimum number of pages for a pur-bind or perfect-bind book?

Pur-binding and perfect-binding are styles of binding where the pages are glued into a flat spine (pur-binding is basically stronger version of perfect binding). What is the minimum number of pages ...
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What causes PDF file size to increase when exporting from Illustrator?

I have a simple ad that I built in Illustrator CC with one linked image. The file size of the AI file is 5.8MB, when I export to PDF (2001 with Printer Marks and Bleeds) the file size increases ...
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Printing A3 paper in A4 printer

I want to print color A4 booklets with staple binding (two facing A4 pages on a big A3 sheet) but using an A4 printer. That's normally technically impossible : printing on a A3 sheet requires an A3 ...
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What PPI and DPI is needed for a photographic backdrop printed at 6x4 foot?

What PPI and DPI is needed for a photographic backdrop printed at 6x4 foot? I have a stock image which is 4000 px across and 300 dpi. Do I need to enlarge that with photoshop before sending to my ...
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Finding Measurements before Designing Vehicle Stickers or Decals?

I'm to design decals that include logos and company information when I've only available clue is the Car Models (2013 Toyota Tundra and 2007 Ford e150 Cargo Van) for which the designs are intended. ...